Now, some of us lived through the vinyl to 8-track to cassette to CD to digital life-cycle of music (buying the same music four or five different times). And, if we think hard enough, we've lived through any number of other life-cycles: have you needed a bank teller lately, for example, or "perked" a cup of coffee in your kitchen? But I honestly cannot remember one that seems to have happened more quickly, or been quite so dramatic, as the digitization of the book.
I was a Kindle fan, and still am, and two years ago wrote my love letter to it. But there's a new kid in town. And reading a book on the iPad isn't just better than a book or a Kindle, it's kind of like a religious experience (or, at least what I envision a religious experience to be like). Reading the WSJ every morning on a tablet is especially cool, and it's great to see more and more traditional media organizations embracing the new technology.
We're a 50+ book group and feature everything from very early adopters to late traditionalists. So, it's likely to be a few years more before we go "all electronic." But for now, some of us are riding our horse and buggy, and some our new automobiles, and the road seems plenty wide enough for everyone.