The takeaway I got though is that digital has a place, but the real world and physical also will always have a place. I agree with this, to a large degree (the vinyl and film issues notwithstanding). But another takeaway is that, reading between the lines I fear that analog copies are going to become the realm of the silver spoon set - those with the bankroll and space to keep those hardcovers, vinyl records and more. The serfs and peons will have to be content with a largely digital life due to technology's portability and cheapness. As wages continue to stagnate and jobs disappear in the post jobs economy, I think this next decade will be the last one where home ownership with a single family will be seen as the norm; you already see a trend with the 30-somethings eschewing homes for apartments and rentals. Micro-homes, apartments and self-driving RVs will become the abodes of choice as people are forced to move frequently for a paycheck and career opportunities. People forced to move frequently are not going to want to schlep around a lot of stuff. You already see this with Millenials deep-sixing Great-Aunt Edna's china cabinet and refusing to take grandma's antique silver table set. The younger generations are turning away from physical stuff that eats up precious room. Space will be a crucial commodity, carefully rationed and considered. So, again, I don't necessarily disagree with the author's points, and he has numbers and figures to back up this recent analog revolution. And, again, I've seen many of his points about digital versus analog, particularly in education and in Silicon Valley, elsewhere. I just believe that this revolution of tangible versus tech will be short-lived, one final hurrah before digital takes over. Sensible will outweigh sensibility for all but the got-bucks crowd, as it pretty much always has.
Currently reading: Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism, by John Norris (almost done, I expect I'll be finished by the end of this coming week), and The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry (about a third of the way through).