They SO ARE! (I wanna say that before you think I'm being sarcastic, as in "Why ist horse-&-buggy still a popular form of transportation?") People say they AREN'T important because "everything's online now." But they also say that it would be totally easy for one country (or outer-space aliens) to take-over the world by simply knocking-out its electricity. Neverminding 'how we would survive," how would our history/science/philosophy/humor survive if it was nothing but code-sequences on the now unreadable server-drives? Hard copy, that's how. Ink/graphite to paper, like paint/chisel to stone. The way we got Scripture from the ancients (ancients we will one day be to our far-future progeny.) So, I've got 'survival of info through Alien Take-Over' & 'passing our wisdom to far-future humanity' ... any OTHER reasons we still need hard copy?