- Establish legitimacy in the eyes of fans, as well as industry professionals
Many in the publishing industry don’t take e-only titles seriously. Some folks also assume that if a book is only available digitally, it may not have been good enough to warrant a print run. Hopefully this attitude will change over the next five years or so as eBooks become even more popular; but for now the print book is still the standard. So make yourself look like a serious contender.
And if you’re going to be printing your book anyways (see Reason #1), then the proud feeling you get inside that says “Hey, you’re a real author; you’ve arrived; and here’s the physical book to prove it” — well, that’s just a big fat bonus.