An interesting and entertaining article:
"Staying Awake: Notes on the alleged decline of reading," by Ursula K. Le Guin
(Harper's Magazine, Vol. 316, No. 1983, February 2008, p. 33-38).
"This is crucial, the fact that a book is a thing, physically there, durable, indefinitely reuseable, an object of value." (p. 38)
Sorry, this is an old-fashioned paper-based citation. No link.
- Walter Cybulski