I can't decide if I want a Kindle. Of course, I can't decide if I want any e-reading device for that matter. Do I love gadgets? Yes. Do I love books? Yes. Do I want to pay $359 just to be able to keep buying the books I want? I honestly don't know. The up-front price is prohibitive but the new Kindle 2 is certainly tempting! It can supposedly hold over 1500 books -- if you were to be able to keep up with that large of a library. Of course, I don't know what size book they are considering. Those of us who like our "chunksters" might find it to be a smaller number. And the Kindle now has 16 shades of gray for a more book-like experience. We all know how hard it is to read page after page of computer text. The most tempting thing is getting magazines without all of the paper waste each month. I really don't like reading something once and then recycling it. It still seems wasteful.
I am actually having the same sort of dilemma in switching to digital music. I like the tactile experience of books and liner notes and all other sorts of paper with words on it. Do I buy the random song on itunes? Of course. Am I still buying new CDs? Yes, I am. I don't want to give them up but then again, I may just have to if I want to be a responsible steward of the earth. Books are a precious resource and maybe we have to let go of our notion that they are tied to another resource -- paper. You can read here about the environmental impact of e-books. And March 8-14 is apparently Read an E-Book week.
Or maybe the Kindle is just annoying and will freak out and delete my hundreds of books ...
What do you think about e-books and reading devices?
Unsure of my position on this issue,