8 Unexpected Downsides of the Switch to Ebooks: Cracked is not known for insightful commentary (though it arguably should be), but this is a great article about ebooks are changing stuff. Consider:
If our society moves to e-books, textbooks will probably go electronic as well, which is, on the one hand, great, because maybe college students will finally stop being constantly ripped off on textbooks. On the other hand, it may be the end of a proud tradition of drawing mustaches and Satan horns on important historical figures.
Or how about:
[…] many times when you’re looking for something handy, there just isn’t anything around that will do a better job than [a book]. These important tasks include table stabilizing, spider killing, cat fight breaking up and makeshift camera stand making.
Probably one of the most relevant concerns about physical paper books disappearing to the point where the average person isn’t familiar with them anymore is: how is this going to affect movies with spellbooks and books like the Necronomicon in them? Will people stop using them in movies? Will they continue to use them in movies as archaic artifacts that the audience will increasingly struggle to understand?
We’ve talked about the cultural impact of ebooks a couple of times before.