I'm not picky about how I get my stories. I'll read on my computer, my phone, my tablet, in my books, in the books at the library, on my eReader, listen to audio (thanks to Michael:); I'll read in any format, anywhere. I like stories, I like learning, I like reading.
I also like going on vacation.
(This probably seems like a non-sequitur but stay with me.)
And going to movies, and spending time with my animals, and getting new bikes occasionally, and getting credit for what I do at work, and being recognized for my intellectual output, and being able to eat dinner/have a roof over my head, and buying video games, and (did I mention?) going on vacation.
I get to do all those things I listed because I am compensated for my work in the form of money. Yay, money.
The price of a book is not just (or even mostly) the paper.
"Unlike retailers, publishers invest heavily in individual books, often for years, before we see any revenue."
And behind the publishers are all the people (hello authors and all the rest of you!) who have worked for years to create what ends up on paper. They deserve to get paid for their work.
(Don't you like getting paid for your work?)
So, folks (and fucking Amazon!), quit complaining about the price of ebooks. It's (a lot) more than the paper.
(This, incidentally, is why I don't participate in piracy. Everyone deserves to get paid for their work.)