The founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child Association (OLPC) and co-founder and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Laboratory, Nicholas Negroponte is an MIT graduate and faculty member. His book, Being Digital, was a 1995 best seller and has been translated into more than 40 languages.
On an August 6, 2010 interview, Negroponte declared the physical book dead--meaning that the digital books (like kindle) will "replace physical books as the dominant form." In fact, an article dated July 19, 2010 declares that kindle book sales have now surpassed Amazon hardcover book sales.
His argument makes a lot of sense in terms of books for developing countries--a digital copy is a much more practical way to transmit text.
Oh, and by the way. OLPC is not a laptop project. It's an education project.