I don't get the sentiment here. They're still someone's work. I also don't get the sentiment that all forms of a media should have the same utility.
I guess I was just trained to think like that. If there is a fixed price tag, I want something physical to own - a real book. If I do not get anything physical, I want to give the amount of money I decide it is worth directly to the author (if they still live) - not to distributors, not to marketing agencies, not to lawyers.
The media licensing is a mess. The license is not tied to the physical medium, because I cannot make copies. The license is not tied to a person, because I do not get a replacement (or a discount) when my book burns or when I am buying a CD of the same album I already bought in the past on LP or MC.
In case of software, we have user license and workstation licenses. That is fine. With books and other media, the distributors are trying to pull something like a user-workstation license that has the worst of both. I do not like that.
I'll just keep buying books. If the distributors decide to throw in a e-book version with it, fine, I may start using that. But buying just the e-book? Not in the near future.