I am a reader. I've been a reader far longer than I've been a writer. I've been reading e-books now for a little over a year.
And I've figured out what bothers me about e-books.
They're riddled with mistakes.
I'm currently reading EVERLOST by Neal Shusterman. I've loved two of his other books and everyone told me this was the best. But my enjoyment of it is being disrupted by issues with the Kindle version of it. There are so many errors in this book that I'm almost unable to finish it. Characters called by different names in the same chapter, formatting completely messed up, parts of sentences missing. This book is a mess. And it's not the only one.
Less care seems to be taken with electronic versions of books than their counterparts. Now, I've only read Kindle versions but I'm willing to bet that these sorts of errors pop up in other versions too. I applaud authors and publishers who take the time to make sure the e-versions of their books come out properly. Patrick Ness stated on his blog that they'd held up the e-release of his Chaos Walking books until they were able to get the "Noise" to show up properly. But it still seems that publishers are rushing books to the e-market without taking time to make sure they're good.
Listen, it's not going to be long before e-books sell just as many copies as regular books. Stop treating them like second class products. If the book isn't perfect, don't send it to market.