I still haven't read an e-book yet. I have no Kindle, Nook, or i-anything. I'm too poor. Which brings me to a concern, although it's probably far-fetched.
With e-books being the "wave of the future," what if print books die? Some people talk gleefully about it happening. But would that be such a good thing?
Let's picture this scenario for a moment. And please permit me to be extremely hypothetical. Let's say that there are no more new print books. You can still get them off e-bay and at antique stores.
Suppose that school textbooks are digital and an e-reader is on every kid's school supply list, which many people can't afford. Or, say the school provides the e-readers but taxes the hell out of the district to pay for them.
Prisoners won't be able to read anymore because I don't see the taxpayers paying for e-readers for them.
Retirees on a shoestring budget won't be able to afford them.
People in rural areas and third world countries (who already have a hard time getting print books) won't be able to download anything even if they could get an e-reader.
So, the bottom line, in my opinion would be that if print books go away, illiteracy would rise with poor people, prisoners, and people in undeveloped countries.