It's a fact that print books continue to linger. Why though? Jeffery R. Di Leo puts it best in his article when describes that we're attached to the permanence of the printed book; that people are still scared by the shear impermanence of an eBook. He goes on to describe that they way readers view print books is very different from the way they view e-publications. So I have to question... why? Is it because of the comfort of them? The longevity? The familiarity? I don't have an answer really, except that it's a much more emotional attachment than anything people can describe. The "feel" of the book that some people describe, it's not one tangible thing, it's just the "feel" of it..
It's also pretty crazy to think that people hate ebooks and never even give them a chance- but in a way it's understandable. My grandma was one of those people. She received an iPad for christmas last year and she didn't even want to hit the unlock button. She thought it was going to be useless to her and would be too hard to figure out. After some coaxing and being able to skype while I was in Italy she was sold. Now she is completely attached to her iPad-she reads on it, watches movies, youtubes, emails, looks up recipes, the list goes on and on. But she says she was hesitant because it was so new. And thinking about it more, she's never seen something like this in her life. She didn't even have a color TV growing up and now she can have everything in the palms of her hands, all instantly.
But I don't think anything has to physically happen to ebooks- people's attitudes just need to change about them. In the Bob Stein article he described that once you get past the book being a physical thing and realize that it's user driven media the epublication makes so much more sense. And I think just that has to happen. In order for digital books to become more widely accepted in the academic world we will have to get past this relationship with the printed book, we have to start a new relationship with the digital book..