I’ve always considered that my bookcases give a pretty fair representation of me as a person—they show my interests, what kind of things I like, that I have a curious mind, the kinds of things I study … all that. But with the increase of e-books, that litmus test of personality is going by the wayside. Unless someone takes my Kindle and browses through it, there isn’t an immediate, visible display of my interests … am I the only one who finds that kind of sad? Going forward, about the most we’ll be able to tell about someone is that they OWN an e-book reader … but no real idea of what they actually read. I’m going to miss that.
I agree, that I’m going to miss seeing actual books, too, if and when ebooks become that common. But I honestly don’t see it, at least here in Finland where fiction ebooks cost at least as much as a hardback (and have a higher VAT, too).
However, it’s possible that by then we’ll have customized ereader covers. Perhaps a melange of covers from the books inside or a cover of just one book or something.