The feel of paper: For some people, this is a very important factor. For avid readers, holding a book in hand, the smell of the paper, nice binding and flipping through pages is a beautiful feeling which lacks in a digital device. Also, it feels great to always have a book nearby, no matter if you read it or not.
Sharing the books: You can share a printed book with any friend or colleague whereas paid e-books (from online stores like kindle store) can be used with one account only. That means you cannot share purchased e-books with a friend without sharing your account credentials. This is one very important factor in the debate of e-books vs printed books.
Illustrations and images: Printed books are great when it comes to displaying images and illustrations. where as e-book readers are not so good at this. Along with this, e-book readers support the black and white display, not colored. So the genres of photography, cooking etc. are more successful as print books.
Flexibility in Annotating: Annotating a printed book is very whereas It is very limited in an e-book. In a printed book you can use pencils and pens of different colors to highlight, use symbols, drawings etc. But this feature is very limited in an e-book where you can only highlight lines, bookmark pages and add some notes.
Ability to skim quickly: It is easier to skim a real book than an e-book. Going back and forth in a printed book is much faster as compared to that an e-book reader.
No need for electric power: You don’t need to charge printed books. Since it needs no electric power. You can carry them anywhere without the worry of charging.
Cheaper than e-book reader: A printed book is much cheaper than the e-book reader. If you don’t read much, a print book will be more economical. But if you read a lot of books, the overall cost is reduced with an e-book reader.