I agree but we have a vast used book market that provides us at almost 40% of the books' original value. Then we have exchange groups, libraries and the best of them all the area based local shops providing books at 5% value of the book on daily basis.Honestly, I haven't read a book for a quite a time. The first reason is printed books that I like are very expensive - science fiction stories are my favorite and they do cost a lot. Second reason is because my favorite author, Isaac Asimov, had died a few years back so there are no new books by him. And third reason is the availability of stories in the internet. So even if I prefer hardcopy, stories in digital form can be printed for my convenience. I am predicting that in the near future, the printed books will be a rarity.