Author, journalist and biographer James Gleick whose books explore the cultural ramifications of science and technology recently wrote off the love for books in their physical format in NYT.com which was reprinted in the Deccan Herald recently:
It’s a mistake to deprecate digital images just because they are suddenly everywhere, reproduced so effortlessly. We’re in the habit of associating value with scarcity, but the digital world unlinks them. You can be the sole owner of a Jackson Pollock or a Blue Mauritius but not of a piece of information — not for long, anyway. Nor is obscurity a virtue. A hidden parchment page enters the light when it molts into a digital simulacrum. It was never the parchment that mattered.