I like new technology and I will never be an early adopter due to price. At some point I will buy some small tablet that I can make calls from and use as a CPU.
That being said, even if texture can be mimicked on a screen- nothing can replace the experience of a physical book. No Disney smell-o-vision. There's something appealing about putting a book in a backpack(or hell, in your pocket) and being able to throw it on the ground. There is also a charm about rereading a favorite book and the weathering it goes through after you have gone on a journey with Frodo, Aron Trask, or Twain again and again.
I knew of beta tapes as a kid, what I hear is the quality was better than VHS. Some technologies may win out for many reasons- effeciency, cost savings, MARKETING, etc. etc. etc.(and thats not to say that efficiency or portablity,etc. etc. is exclusive of quality, but it seems like those do bury quality). Because something wins out doesn't always mean its a superior product(and different things may be valued more by different consumers).
Compression seems like a problem in many media, but I don't think I have the ear or eyes to pick it up.
I would like to hear records through vacuum tubes. I don't have the skill or means to set something up like that. Even with downloads, there is just the nice trust factor of having the video game/movie hard copy that eliminates the need to rely on some call center if someone goofs up.