The lingering hegemony of print is an remnant of the technology's obstreperous history. Early pioneers of publishing recognized the power of written language and took measures to assure their dominance over it; in addition to the fact that the most important texts were printed exclusively in the language of the elite, their content was strictly regulated. One such publishing organization, the Catholic Church, practiced a multi-tiered review process during which an ordained individual must read the text and affirm that it contained nihil contra sanctae fidei dogmata, vel probatos mores (nothing against the dogmas of the sacred faith or accepted morals). Only then could the publisher declare "imprimatur igitur" (therefore let it be printed) .
KIND OF LIKE ACADEMIC PEER REVIEW AND EXCLUSIONARY JOURNALS?!?!?! Haha no, that's not where I'm going. Although I did go there.
Books have enjoyed an almost sacred status for the majority of their existence, as artifacts capable of communicating the highest forms of wisdom, knowledge, and beauty that the human mind can express. They spread like viruses, infecting societies with literacy until they can no longer be so easily controlled, but they still possess significant power. They are collected, but also destroyed; distributed far and wide, yet also kept secret. They are physical, but also magical; people form real relationships with books and develop powerful feelings about them.
Now, suddenly, the concept of a book faces obsolescence. Publishers are losing what little control they retained over the written word-- the means of production are now potentially within reach of anyone, and digitization means that even the costs associated with transporting blocks of ink and paper around the world are of no consequence. As indicated by the NY Times piece, a schism is taking place. The issue is so deeply rooted in our culture that even families are divided. To some, the idea of abandoning the physical book is abhorrent-- considering the role of books in human society up to this point, this should come as no surprise. There are certainly a lot of books floating around the world by now, it would kind of be a shame to turn them all into toilet paper.
Yet here we are, moving from the "hegemony of print" to the "cult of the book." People born just slightly after me are far less likely to feel attachment towards books, and in another generation, maybe nobody will. Maybe, instead of books, there will just be a single digital repository which is accessible through various interfaces, and it will be called "The Big Floating Human Knowledge Bubble Experience." One thing that I'm sure of is that, unless that show Revolution happens for real, we're not going backwards, and written language is definitely still a virus.
 Knowledge gained from a book which was very influential to me , Stephen Jay Gould's The Hedgehog, The Fox, and The Magister's Pox.