eBooks have grown in popularity over the past couple years, largely due to new eBook readers that have become available and more affordable. Many people are giving eBooks a try now that they have become more of a mainstream product. eBooks are excellent for a variety of reasons, but there are some situations in which purchasing an eBook is not the best choice. The following situations are those that I have identified as the five most common.

When You’re Not Comfortable With Technology

In order to successfully use an eBook, you must be able to install software, download a file, and open the file in the correct program on your computer. If you want to read the eBook on a mobile phone or e-reader device, then you need to know how to transfer files between your computer and that device. You might also need to install a program or app on your mobile device. If you’re not already comfortable with these processes, eBooks might be difficult for you to use.

When You Need a Printed Book

Many eBooks, if not most eBooks, are not printable. Even eBooks in PDF format are often not printable. This is because book publishers are concerned about copyright protection. They disable the printing function so that people can’t make illegal copies of the book. Other eBook formats, such as Mobipocket or Microsoft Reader, don’t have a printing function at all. In general, eBooks are meant to be read on your computer, e-reader, or other mobile device. Besides the question of whether or not the eBook will be printable, printer paper and ink is not free, so you’d end up paying for the eBook and then paying more to print it yourself. If you need a printed book for any reason you should buy the paperback or hardback version of the book.

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