Last week I was able to handle a Kindlefor the first time. I have not been super thrilled and excited about e-books or e-book readers, but have to admit I was impressed.
It was just about perfect in size - not too big to lug around and not too small to see the books. The screen was not what I expected. I sit at a computer all day at work and I get really tired of reading from it. I think they designed it very well so that it doesn't strain the eyes too much. The selection of books is very nice as well - best sellers and new books are well-represented.
I probably won't be going out to buy myself one. I definitely wouldn't mind having one, but I felt that, though the prices for the books are very reasonable, I still want to have a hard copy. Books that I simply love enough to buy (yes, I have very particular criteria for purchasing books - it saves my pocketbook), I want to have the whole package: the cover, the pages, the separate quality. There is something so wonderful about having a book in hand, owning more than just a computer file.
That being said, a kindle would be especially useful for traveling light and for those books you don't want to pay a fortune for, but definitely don't want to wait for the 50+ people on hold at the library ahead of you.
I've read a lot of articles about how libraries and books are going to disappear and be replaced by e-books and e-braries. If people are anything like me, it won't happen. E-book readers have their place, and it is a convenient one, but nothing replaces for me the feel of the page in my hand.
What are your thoughts on e-books and e-book readers?