I think they’ll be around a long time. I also think there is no stopping the future. That future includes e-books. It will also include generations who have no ties to print books.
A recent article in the Memphis, Tennessee, The Commercial Appeal shows a picture of a family reading. The five-year-old is reading a video book. The three-year-old is reading, with his father, another such book. These young kids are hearing stories and watching animated characters on their iPods. These kinds of books are called Moving Picture Books.
Created by a Knoxville company, they are not cartoons or text-only "ebooks," but stories, classic and new, read to children in the author's words and illustrated with imaginatively drawn moving figures, music and sound effects.These Moving Picture Books can be downloaded to a computer, iPhones, iPods, or the iPod Touch. They can be bought as DVDs or memory cards for SmartPhones. For the classroom, they can be displayed on a large, digital smartboard.
The generation that grows primarily up without print books is coming.