In almost every class I've had, there's been ample talk among my fellow library school students about e-books vs. traditional books. At some point during the discussion, someone will say, "It's so much easier when I travel. I don't have to carry a bag full of books anymore - I just carry my e-reader." Then someone else will say, "I just can't ever see owning an e-reader. I love the smell of books. I love turning pages." And the discussion will go on.
Personally, I don't have an e-reader. Even though more and more friends and family members are buying Nooks and Kindles, I've chosen not to - not necessarily because I have anything against e-readers. I've just never been much of an electronics person. Also, I'm happy with my traditional books. But I can understand the appeal of e-books (especially on moving day!), so I don't knock loved ones who love their e-readers. It seems like there is plenty to love about them. There seems to be a lot not to love about them, too - at least according to a recent Consumerist article, which you can read below.
Consumerist.com * March 6, 2012
Here Are a Few Important Things E-Book Sellers Aren't Bragging About
By Mary Beth Quirk