The writer has less control over the appearance of an e-book than with a pBook. Some e-books look better in one format than in others. Photos, charts, and drawings may shift position on a page or even appear on a different page, or not look as good as on paper. It may take time to experiment before you like the way your book looks.
E-readers are more fragile than printed books.
E-readers require electrical power. Sooner or later, you’ll have to recharge or replace batteries.
Some e-readers are difficult to read in bright light.
Many p-books are not available in e-book form.
Some e-books are released after the p-book version.
E-book readers and other reading devices like cellphones and iPods are more likely to be stolen than pBooks.
The e-book you want to read may not be available in the format required by your reader.
While a printed book could probably be read 1,000 years from now if it still exists, today’s e-book formats may vanish in a few decades.
E-readers are not biodegradable. P-books usually are.
“Digital Rights Management” may limit your ability to lend, give or sell an e-book you bought.
Authors and publishers may suffer from easy hacking of their e-books.
You can’t build an attractive library on your shelves as with p-books.
If you fall asleep while using an e-book reader and drop it on the floor, it may get broken.
If an e-book is stolen or damaged, you lose your library unless you have backed it up or you can download again.
E-books can’t be used to keep a door open or start a fire.