A link which summarizes and links to a couple of articles which wring their hands in worry about the future of books in the era of the internet. The first one in particular is interesting, likening books to music on the eve of Napster’s arrival.
I agree that once ebook readers become widespread, in one form or another, book piracy will become far more common, but I am skeptical that it will really hurt the industry in the way it hurt the RIAA. After all, the book has been around in its current form for hundreds of years. Recorded music had only been around for about a hundred once Napster arrived. Books are a really great way to read text!