Re: Why bother with E-Books?
e-books for fiction, i agree, the only benefit is that i can carry hundreds of books with me and if i finish reading one while on the train, i can pick and choose which one to read next.
but the real advantage is with reference books. I'm carrying around 12 programming books on my ipad at the moment. These are all 400+ page tomes, there's no way i could carry three of them around in my bag each day.
But i can search for text throughout them instead of having to half remember whereabouts in the book i read something, i can bookmark or highlight useful bits of code or suggested approaches to a problem. I can even copy example code, send it over to my laptop, paste it and test it instead of having to manually re-type it.
so for fiction, i'd say there's as many pros as cons for ebook versus dead-tree. But if you add reference books to that, then it makes sense to buy in to ebooks completely.