"In which standards are always in steep decline, and things keep getting better."
I don't worry about the future of stories any more than I worry about the future of travel; people need stories the same way people need to go from Point A to Point B.
See, when it comes to travel, getting to point A to point B is usually the entire point, and if people argued non-stop that switching from horses to cars (or cars to trains, or trains to airplanes) was going to 'destroy travel', they'd been (rightly) seen as idiots.
Yes, switching to a car from a horse profoundly changes the "travel experience." Yes, I know it's just not the same for you without that 'horse smell'. Got it.
But you still got to Point B just fine?
And Point B is where you wanted to go? Yes?
Then shut up.
That's how the ebook versus paper debate strikes me: people debating the vehicle, when it's the thing inside that actually matters.