I will have one of my favorite books on display in Tokyo shortly (will post what book that is after the Takeo Paper Show opens), and was asked to write a few sentences on why a real book matters in the digital age:
A book bears the evidence of having been made by a human being. It also cannot be ‘turned off’ and completely disappear the way you can with an electronic book. So you are stuck with the book in your physical environment. You can’t avoid it. It’s real. Just like you.
So I like the Web. And I like books too.