Gadgets You Should Get Rid of (or Not) is an article in today's NYT by Grobart telling you the stuff you could lose or don't need to upgrade, especially if you have a smart phone. Things to lose? Stuff like desktop computers and USB Thumb Drives. Things to keep? Well one of the things is...books!
"BOOKS Keep them (with one exception). Yes, e-readers are amazing, and yes, they will probably become a more dominant reading platform over time, but consider this about a book: It has a terrific, high-resolution display. It is pretty durable; you could get it a little wet and all would not be lost. It has tremendous battery life. It is often inexpensive enough that, if you misplaced it, you would not be too upset. You can even borrow them free at sites called libraries."
His one exception is cookbooks. I guess if your tablet can be protected from the spills.