We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Horsefeathers. I've used my Kindle Fire now for a little over a year and the only reason I'll go back to a dead tree version is if I can't get it in e-book.
And Mr. Piper glosses over the fact that with the e-book format allows for self-publishing, or publishing by a smaller house, broadens what we can read. I have become a fan of Atomic Robot books - a small publisher who will format your book and place it with Amazon, B&N, Apple, etc., for a small, very small, cut of the sales fee. Even Amazon only takes 30% for handling your book if it sells. And there are a lot of good authors who were frustrated with just writing fan fiction who have transferred over to e-books and written some good ones. New authors, new concepts, new ideas - they come from everywhere.
Admittedly you have to kind of separate the wheat from the chaff, but if you latch onto certain authors who you like, it's a fairly good bet that you will be satisfied with their offerings.
And my Grandson (all of 3 years old) loves his Kindle Fire - there are all kinds of interactive kids games that teach the fundamentals of reading, pattern recognition, etc. I gave him mine when the Kindle Fire HD came out and he uses it fairly often.
So for my money, the e-book is a great advancement in the whole concept of reading and getting people to read.