You can blame Asimov for my science fiction collection of toys, books and props. If it wasn't for Foundation and the Robot Stories I don't think I would be the owner of a Darth Vader helmet or a replica light sabre.
You have to admit the guy could see into our near future - have a look at this video and see what I mean- the first few seconds are important.
As one of the commenter's on YouTube said - Kahn Academy! (see post below).
I can think of many more examples. And this leads nicely onto this RSA animate.
Then there has been the explosion in my state of the use of iPads in education and the "need" for eBooks or more importantly eTextbooks. Publishers are scrambling to figure out how to make money from this but they are going to find it hard with the e-books directory.