Here are two stories about the rise of electronic media, at the expense of printed books on college campuses. Every time I write articles about electronic files replacing print, the irony is not lost. I had to laugh when writing about students who aren't adapting yet to electronic media -- it makes me think of a hay salesmen bragging up his product to people in line for the new Model T.
ANYWAY, the death of print may not be directly upon us, but one has to think that - at least on campuses - it's going to come exponentially. If something is cheaper during these times, people will latch onto it. And since e-books are much cheaper, there's your variable.
(*Ed note: Stories appear truncated online for the first day because of a new policy. They will appear in full on Wednesday. I'm not allowed to post them in full until they appear that way online. This policy is only for "enterprise" type stories. Meeting coverage and breaking news will not fall under this guide. Basically, it's a way to encourage people to buy the paper, rather than leech it for free online.)