November 4, 2009, on The Today Show – Author John Grisham, who famously refused to allow his works to be released as ebooks: "You're gonna lose publishers, you're gonna lose bookstores … the future is very uncertain with the books … Five years from now, how many of us are going to be reading book on Kindles and all these Sony Readers and all these beautiful gadgets? If half of us are going to be doing it, then you're going to wipe out tons of book stores and publishers and buy it all online."
March 17, 2010, on jgrisham.com: "John Grisham, one of America’s most widely read storytellers in print, is making his debut in digital. Random House, Inc. proudly announces the publication of the entire John Grisham backlist of twenty-three titles–from A TIME TO KILL to FORD COUNTY–as Random House e-books, beginning today, March 16."
In the battle of the books, evolving technology and potential profits will trump sweet sentiment every time.