I've been pining after one for awhile... as of yesterday, I am a proud owner of a Kindle 2!
And no... I didn't buy it! (I'd like to think I'm past large spur of the moment purchases for myself.) It was a present from M! :) I guess he got sick of hearing me gush at the screen "ooohh, I want you!" and telling him to "come look! come look!" haha.
It will definitely help free up some room (I can give away all the books I have on my shelves, once I've read them)... but it makes me feel a little sad to not be able to lend out books to friends or show off my collection (which really isn't that large anymore - when I moved out of my mom's place I left quite a few boxes with her). I think I'll get over that pretty quickly though. ;)
The price of the books seems a little cheaper as well, though M pointed out that it will never be as cheap as a used book. Then I pointed out to him that I never buy used books (I like the crispness and smell of new ones... and I like buying them on Amazon (with free shipping). I think I've been put off used books because I buy all my law books used (if I can) and I've had a few arrive smelling smoky and looking germy. I want my personal books looking pristine). Maybe eventually we'll be able to "rent" books electronically from the library? And lend out books to our friends with e-readers? But Amazon would lose money that way, so I'm not sure how that would work... Maybe we'd have to pay a monthly fee in order to connect to the library's servers, or a transfer fee to send books to friends. I guess that'd be better than nothing.
Here's my cursory review (I'm still reading my "real" books, so I haven't used it too much yet):
- E-ink - just like reading a real book (you can read it out in broad daylight too)
- Free (and fast) wi-fi lets you download books on the go
- Wide selection of books, newpapers, magazines, and some blogs
- Amazing battery life
- Light and thin (about the weight of a small-ish paperback)
- fits in your purse
- You have to pay for everything. (to make up for the wi-fi being free, I assume) You even have to pay for blogs.
- White is the only color (this is a really minor con... and I assume they made it white so it would stand out? makes it easy to find in my purse, at least)
- Restricts your ability to share books with others
- Does this weird "flash" when you turn the page - apparently it's the e-ink loading and it helps prolong battery life? It's a little distracting.