Why on earth would you want an e-book?
I cannot understand the benefits at all - like the rest of the public!
With an e-book
I don't own a copy of the book.
If the reader breaks or goes out of date the books are lost.
I am reliant on other people granting me certificates etc to access content.
I rely on batteries/power supplies to read
Readers are bulky and expensive if just used as e-newspaper
You cant lend/sell/swap books with friends or charity shops etc
If I look after it it will last years
The publisher going bankrupt will not stop me from keeping the book
There is no advance of technology to cope with, migrating e-book formats and certifcates over time is impossible
I can carry a book anywhere
I can read without a power supply
I can borrow a book from a library
I like the principle of e-book readers and buying e-books - it uses less trees, I dont use a wall of my house with shelving etc etc. but the technology is all about contolling my access to things I have paid for while technology is making itself redundant all the time.
Imagine referring to your university text books from 20 years ago if they had been an e-book? Your reader would not even plug into a PC and would have needed a modem etc. !