Technology, coupled with the economy, have changed how books are being published. Publishers have cut back on new releases and last year, for the first time, more "on demand" books were produced than traditional texts.
I use the Kindle because of convenience--it's far easier to carry around a small 5x7 by half-inch device than a first-run, hardbound bestseller. But, I miss the feel of the book itself--the words on actual paper between the cover that features author information and visuals.
Around 275,000 books were published in the U.S. last year. That's almost 9,000 less than the year before with the biggest reductions occurring in biography, religion and travel. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues.