I've also been asked how I could possibly forgo a traditional book.
There are definitely pros and cons I've found with an eReader.
*The book is downloaded in one minute flat! No travel or waiting involved. You can also read sample pages before purchase.
*You can read it anywhere. In waiting rooms, on planes, etc. and I always have it with me, because it's also my phone (not true of other kinds of eReaders).
*You can read it in bed. No book light is necessary and no worries about disturbing anyone next to you -if you have someone next to you *cough*.
*You can't flip back to re-read your favorite pages easily. In fact I think it's nearly impossible. Plus the pages are numbered funny.
* You can't fully appreciate a beautiful cover or smell that book smell.
* Sometimes there are formatting issues: typos, mismatched lines etc.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!
By the way, if it's a book I just need to own, of course I'd buy a hardback copy for my bookshelf!
Oh, and it still can't beat an afternoon browsing at the bookstore!
So I think there's room in my life (and in the publishing world) for BOTH!
Questions, comments, you could care less? =0