5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet I've read a lot of nonsense about eBooks, but this latest article from Wired (of all places!) just about takes the biscuit. I'll briefly go through the points that @johncabell makes - see what you think.
1. An unfinished e-book isn't a constant reminder to finish reading it.
If you haven't finished a book there's probably a reason for it. There's no written rule that says that I have to finish a book - and indeed I have plenty around my house to prove the point. However, with my Kindle I've always got that book to hand for as and when I want to continue. I may be just in the right mood to return to a book - but the physical copy may be at home on the 'unfinished books shelf' so I can't. With my ebook reader, it's at hand.
2. You can't keep your books all in one place.
I can't keep all of my books in one place now! Because of the number of books that I physically own most of them are in the garage where I can't quickly get to the one that I need. With my Kindle I've got them in one place. I agree that if you're getting books from different vendors this might be an issue, but I've gone down the sheep route and I have one major format, and that's the Kindle. However, having said that, there's no reason why I can't (and I have) got eReaders from other publishers on my iPhone and iPad.
3. Notes in the margins help you think.
I don't like writing in books. That's why I like my Kindle, because I don't HAVE to write in the margins.
4. E-Books are positioned as disposable but aren't priced that way.
Really? I have plenty of ebooks that cost nothing or next to nothing. In order to buy a book, I have the expense of getting to a book shop, which for my SF needs is Forbidden Planet in London, so I'm already almost £20 down before I start.
5. E-Books can't be used for interior design.
I'm not even going to bother to respond to the trite inanity of this point.