When you read a paper book, you can be certain that the content in it is the same as when it was printed, and hasn't been edited or censored since you bought it. It can't be taken away from you by the publisher, except by physical force. You can resell it at will. Publishers and retailers who wants to try different pricing strategies can do so without facing the powerful control of Apple or Amazon.
I plan to keep on reading ebooks, but I'll buy the books I actually care about in physical form.
a) accessible and buyable by me (Linux, .nl based)
b) at least as easy to find and get as pirated material
I will immediately buy. In all other situations: I am not going to fiddle with drm-ripping python scripts, convertors, virtual-machines, geo-ip-faking-proxies and so on, just to be able to pay for stuff that I can get without all that hassle for free.
I even track down authors for books I like and wire them the money personally, if for some reason their publishers hide behind all this DRM nonsense.
In general I'm with you though (Germany, mostly on Linux as well) and I try to do something similar whenever possible.
Now that's cutting out the middleman!
I have a Nook and I do not buy any books through B&N.com, only direct from technical publishers that are DRM-free and then load the epub file via USB. In fact I only turn my network connectivity on about once a month to update the clock on the device.