From KAREN:Good to hear your review of the Kindle. There's a part of me that is interested in something like that, but I keep holding on to my love of "real" books as my excuse not to consider one too seriously. You like to read like I do, though, so if you love it, there's hope for me, too. =)
Thanks, Karen! (I pasted your comment in here from my email because I made a boo-boo while trying to publish it.) Rest assured that as you immerse yourself into the book of the moment, you hardly even think about whether you're reading the Kindle or an actual book. It is just a little more portable and carries more reading options. But I do believe that everyone needs to make the transition in their own time.
I love reading but I'm not overly attached to paper books. The major reason I have not gotten a Kindle is the price tag. It would not be a money saver for me because I am also too cheap to buy real books and only get them from the library. Unless it's a photojournalist book like Hungry Planet, then I would buy it. I love classics so that is nice but the HUGE downside of the Kindle for me is that you cannot download books from your 'local' state online library. You can with other e-readers, but I like the style of the Kindle so much better than the others. So, I guess I'm holding out for the day when an e-reader I like lets me download from online state libraries. Or for when I can get a used one cheap on craigs list or win one in a contest. I'm not holding my breath.
Sally, you're right. The fact that the Kindle cannot borrow from state libraries is somewhat of a downside, but there is a feature that lets 2 Kindle owners borrow from each other for 2 weeks. I recommend that you go to amazon and do a search of "free kindle books" to see the hundreds (thousands, really) of free books available for download. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'm going to email this response to you too. =)
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