Russell Smith worries that e-books will empty our bookshelves .
I doubt if that will ever happen. The convenience of e-books is hard to deny. I can - via Kindle - carry around a bunch of books in one nifty volume. The other day, I needed a management book for a project and, within seconds, had it on my Kindle.
But if forced to choose between the two experiences, I'd pick the paper books. An e-book will never replace the warmth of a wall filled with books; colorful, beaten-up, beautiful books.