For the past couple of months MoBob has been asking me what I thought of e-readers. I didn't think he was considering this as a Christmas gift; perhaps he noticed that a good chunk of my carry-on space/weight was devoted to books. So I got a Kindle from my sweetie for Christmas. Which I promptly returned. Because you can't borrow e-books from the library. I am thinking of getting a Sony pocket e-reader, since it's the most minimalist I've seen, plus a former colleague who was posted in Afghanistan really liked hers.
I've also downloaded several apps to read e-books on my iPod. The only disadvantage (which I imagine is the same for other devices) is that there was a long waiting list for popular titles. Once I was able to download a book (Talking to Girls About Duran Duran) it took a while to adjust to the small screen and print.
Maybe I'm just meant for full-sized goodies. I also ordered an Asus eee netbook, based on a glowing review from Corporette but again, I got tired of squinting and hitting the wrong adjacent keys.
My mom and sister both got one versions of e-book readers. They both love them. I'm with you, though. I really don't see myself making this transition. I would like an iPad, and would read on that most likely, but an electronic device devoted solely to reading? It seems like just another gadget to clutter up my home. I like having a shelf full of books, not computers.
We chipped in and got my mom a Kindle for Christmas. My dad says she has too many books. LOL Of course, this is from a man that doesn't read very much. Our library allows us to download books to e-readers.
The difference between reading on the e-reader and netbook/ipod touch/ipad is the screen. Seriously, there is a huge huge difference. I can't read for long periods of time on computer screens, even the best computer screens. My eyes just hurt after awhile. E-readers are created for reading so you don't have that whole eye strain thing.
Some times I think an e-reader would totally rock. Like when I'm trying to read an 800 page tome (like Ahab's Wife or the Harry Potter books, which aren't released on e-reader) and it's heavy. But I love holding, smelling, feeling a book in my hands.
I do have to agree with tina - I wish I could have my computer, my touch, my e-reader all in one machine that doesn't hurt my eyes, that doesn't have a tiny keyboard...I mean, my laptop has a full sized keyboard with numeric pad. I have big fingers, I have to have the whole thing.
Anyway, I guess if I got a Kindle I wouldn't take it back. We have a Sony book reader. I used it alot while Mike was traveling and I was reading a series of books that he had already downloaded. But we have the same books in paperback on the book shelves...
So many pros so many cons