In short what I wanted to say is this: your post is as flat and generalizing as you would expect from a male chauvinistic pig. Funny that.
4) LP to cassette to CD to MP3. VHS to Laserdisc to DVD to Blu-Ray. Same thing. So people re-purchase their favorite titles in a big chunk when they get the device then slow down to their regular rate of buying 5-10 books per year. That seems like the expected pattern for existing content being re-released on new media.
I had few vinyl items (50?) when I started buying CDs. I did busy few of the items I had on vinyl again on CD so I re-created refined copy of my previous library. I stopped buying CDs as soon as I noticed that I could not replay them on some devices and making a backup was impossible or difficult to do. I have few hundred CDs now. I was buying 10..15 per month, now I did not buy any for years. I did not buy any DRMed shit either (except one book just to try) and I do not intend to do. I wonder how many people actually did what you describe here i.e. rebuying their refined libraries when the usage protocol changed. I also wonder how much do they re-buy. Are those patterns widely spread? Unless this is cleared your comment no 4 is irrelevant or misleading.
It is the comfy factor stupid - I use what I find more comortable - it is paper mostly and for technical specs and Guttenberg project books I use tablet. Yet I do not use it for social media or anything that requires input - any type of such device sucks big time at inputting. Go to hell if you cannot see that.
It is the DRM stupid - book bought for almost the same price I can give away or borrow to my friends and family - it is technically easy to do and I am not becoming a criminal in a process.
So yes I use tablet and my laptop to read stuff. I have purchased one e-book and I decided this to be the last one when I could not use it after moving to another PC. Fuck you and your new shiny tools that are mostly useless and build new barriers which took our society years to overcome. New tools - splendid idea. Make them useful and comfortable to use and if you give me only a license for my money then make the amount less than it is for the same book. Other than that go fuck yourself in your knee.
This said I understand that my view is simplistic and I will have to follow the crowd of mostly morons some day because paper copies will disappear. Till that day either your give me what I want or I am not your customer. You may think that my rage is unjustified but I am sick and tired of people telling me what is best for me w/o even asking ME what I think is.
Sometimes no regular chance is better than the regular one as the regular job has tendency to get optimized out of existence these days. Be inventive and employ yourself. I am not saying it is easy but you can see such 'shitty' education as a good starting point - by limiting employment chances it in fact removes majority of limitations other education paths provide together with a chance for so called normal employment. Well it does not have to end up this way but it may:)
The faster I go, the behinder I get. -- Lewis Carroll