I've heard your argument for physical books before. For some people, they seem to provide a richer experience. I've been a voracious reader since I could read (4-5 y/o). Since I obtained my first smart phone 3 1/2 years ago, I've read more than at any other time in my life, excluding my teenage years. I've also been able to read books that I would NEVER have had access to.
The punchline: I haven't read a single paper book in the past 3 1/2 years. I find them awkward and inconvenient. I've read posts that accuse people like me of not being 'true readers'. Beg your pardon.
You state that digital books cannot recreate the experience of reading a physical book. I LOVE books and have always treated my paper books as the treasure that they are. However, I can now carry an entire library in my pocket, or better yet, on a server that I can access easily. I'm aware of the disadvantages that come with the current DRM models, but am willing to accept those limitations for the conveniences that I've spoken of.
Will physical books go the way of the dodo? Perhaps not, but eventually, as the economies of scale shift to the digital publishing world, theyll certainly become less and less common.
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