I know my comments may appear as if I might be disagreeing with the thread. I am just trying to put things into perspective. I also think this is an interesting and lively debate worth debating.
For me I am excited to be able to goto Sitepoint and Apress both publishers of computer books and know I have the option of buying a PDF version of their books. These are two excellent publishers and any programmers out there should frequent and support these publishers.