Hate it & it won't happen yet; but 10, maybe 20 years away?
Frankly I think it's highly unlikely as yet.
I use a Kindle for cheap novels. But when I want a fairly 'important' book; history, pre-history, art, science; I tend to buy the book.
People who read seriously; a bit less than 20% of the population; tend to split their reading between what's frivolous and what's serious. 'Serious' doesn't mean merely text books; most students don't give a damn about that text book that helps him to pass an assignment; it means a serious tome that a true reader values such as a book about pre-history, or a classic, or maybe a dissertation on future science, or law, etc.
What will happen is that printed texts will become more expensive. Up to now, cheap stuff is still cheap, but I fancy that the more important books that contain colour plates, etc, will start to become more expensive. This will happen because the 'supporting sales' of paperback versions will be printed in greatly reduced numbers.
Having said all that, I do think it's likely that one day paper print will disappear, and when it does it will happen overnight. The reason will be that 'they' haven't yet made 'that' invention.
Easy examples of 'that' invention are: the DVD that replaced the VCR, the CD that replaced the 'gramophone record', the remarkable digital sensor that has replaced film, causing a vast generation of film-cameras to be suddenly worthless, and the cell phone that's largely replacing the landline phone (especially in third world countries, and gradually happening here too.)<div>When 'that' invention comes along, paper will disappear almost overnight.
Having said that, it won't be easy: People like reading from paper. And I'm not sure why but the tablet doesn't yet do the job well enough.
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