My point is that the role of books has changed. A hundred years ago books were expensive. Fifty years ago books (as glued together pieces of paper, became cheap. Now the cost of a book is trivial for most Americans.
In fifty years books will go the way of payphones and blacksmiths. In a hundred years everyone who misses them will be dead. And the world will go onenjust fine without them.
Stories were around when a book cost several years salary and were inaccessible to all but the very rich. Ans stories will be around when paper books are a distant memory.
Don't confuse thoughts, ideas and stories with ink marks on paper.