- People who buy ereaders are not reading LESS. All I hear from people is "I'm reading things I never would have before." Those big books seem less intimidating.
- No more cover anxiety. Many readers don't want to be seen reading a book with a bad cover, or a girly cover, or a YA-looking cover. This is not an issue with ebooks. A good cover is still important, though.
- Every book stays in print. People will probably never have as much trouble finding How To Get Suspended and Influence People as I did finding Bugs Potter Live at Nickaninny.
- If my textbooks were on ipad in high school, my backpack would have been a LOT less likely to cause back problem (those things were HEAVY) and the text books would have been more up to date.
- As it is, if a book isn't by a "name" author and doesn't have a lot of marketing money behind it, chain stores are very reluctant to carry it unless it sticks RIGIDLY to a proven formula (or can be made to look like it does). This is probably going to get worse. Eventually we're likely to see many book stores look like the CD department at Target - hot new sellers and a little bit of selected backlist only.
- The growing belief that books should cost no more than $2.99. I'm not immune to this myself. I paid 15 bucks for an ebook just yesterday, but don't think I didn't look for a cheaper copy first.
- When you self publish, you don't go through the same editorial process, the copyediting process, or any of that. You can pay a freelancer, but I don't see anyone adding "professionally copeydited" in their descriptions. "Self published" will likely continue to carry the same stigma it already has.
- Libraries can get left out of this - they have a hard enough time getting "boy books" for the YA section now. What'll happen if the only ones coming out are ebooks?
- Piracy. This is bigger than people realize. I'm pretty sure that illegal downloads of my last book outnumbered actual sales. Certainly there were more downloads than sales of the legal ebook edition.