Has it always been like this? Back in the 80's were people talking about how all of your 5 ¼ disks are being replaced by some overpriced hard-floppy disk that was wasting so much plastic that the earth would be covered in it from the millions of copies of leisure suit larry? I don't even know if I should hope that was the case or not. All this spinning seems to have separated me from my sensibility. I better go and install Vista while I still can.
At this point, a future where they charge every time we flip a page in a book is a long ways away. As long as paper is easier to read than some display technology, books will be safe. Even if this technology is more expensive than paper, we've all seen what publishers will do just to suck a few more bucks out of the consumer. The marketing will be great, it always is. Apple will have shadow people dancing around a library, downloading and reading books on their iFlip at the speed of light. But don't be fooled. This library is run by blockbuster and even though the downloads are free, each flip after 10 will cost you.
So maybe someday soon I'll have to give up on the newest graphics and quad core processors when I finally unplug my billboard/coin-slot pc, but at least I'll have something to fill up the nights and early mornings, something different than the same old familiar, something I only have to pay for once.