Any hypersensitive person can reduce any subject to elitism vs. populism, but how interesting is that ultimately? You can fisk every statement for signs of snobbery in a state of perpetual suspicion or you can rise above intellectual and anti-intellectual snobbery and try, as I'm trying, to look at what's in front of us. If you or I prove mistaken, sobeit. But let's have fun guessing together regardless.
Fine. I'm guessing that I'd like dedicated ereaders to survive for quite a few more years. No snobbery, no elitism, just honest-to-god straight-up preference.
But for the sake of conversation; yes... I believe
dedicated ereaders will survive for quite a while yet. Because I don't think eInk (or similar low-power consumption screen technologies) are suddenly going to be completely abandoned in favor of the same old back-lit LCD screens used in tablets and cell-phones. And since the new screen technologies are not ready (feasible or what have you) for devices that need fast refresh rates for video and other applications--not to mention the lighting issues--I don't think I need worry about the dedicated ereader's obsolescense just yet.
So yes... while I think that eventually
a screen technology will come along that will bridge the divide between Game/Apps and plain-old book reading requirements, I don't think I'll be watching a hi-def youtube video on an iPad-like device in full sunlight anytime soon.