(No, not this model, which is just a tad lower tech than even I want.)
I'd slowly been heading toward this decision. I'd started a list of books I would get if I ever got an e-reader, I'd seen that the prices were coming down, and I figured if I waited for an e-reader to do everything I wanted it to, I would be too decrepit to push the buttons.
But none of that was going to get me to buy one now. Here's the enticement that did the trick. I read this:
A final note to AAR readers: In the interest of full disclosure, if you buy your Kindle 3 through the link in this blog or via the link in the box at the bottom of the home page, AAR will get a small commission from Amazon. So, if you’re going to buy a Kindle and you enjoy our site, we hope you’ll consider using the link when you’re ready to buy.
That was the final paragraph of a blog post by the wonderful Sandy at AAR singing the praises of the Kindle 3.
Now, I could get pompous about how refreshing it is for bloggers to admit they make some money if you buy through them (and it is refreshing), but here's the truth. I just wanted AAR to get the money. The blog post didn't make me want an e-reader any more than I had before, but it did make we want to buy one through their website. They'll barely make enough to order a venti anything at Starbucks, but if anyone (other than Jeff Bezos, that is) is going to get my money, I'd love it to be AAR. As the song says, they work hard for the money.
I was in a B&B in Erie, Pennsylvania when I read Sandy's post so when I did click on the AAR Kindle ad I was on an unsecured network. Ooops. A week passed before I placed the order, and true to my original impulse I went back to AAR and got to Amazon through them.
I just got an email telling me that the Kindle should be here in two weeks. I can wait. My attitude about owning an e-reader is still lukewarm. The most I can say is that a lot of my antipathy has dissipated, but I'm still neutral about it as a device. Will it be like a cell phone (which I own and rarely use but do appreciate when I need one) or will it be like the iPod (which rocked my world -- you mean I can take my entire music collection with me?!) or something in between?
Fundamentally, it's affordable, so why not? That's a rhetorical question, by the way, and I don't much care about the answer. I gather the latest issue is what file types are supported by which e-readers. Uh, okay. The reality is that I daresay I'll have to replace the Kindle with something better at some time. One thing is for sure, it's not going to be an iPad. Check out this YouTube clip on that subject (NSFW because of the profanity):
It's only moderately laugh-out-loud funny, and you shouldn't watch it if you think your iPad is simply amazing (i.e., it's this decade's iPod for you), but it pretty much sums up why I'm not lining up to give Steve Jobs my money. (That cell phone I have? Definitely not an iPhone. I don't even send texts on it. Yup, I'm hopelessly mired in 1990s technology.)
I promise, though, that if I fall in love with the Kindle, I will faithfully report that here so that certain people (hello, Sharyn) can chortle as I eat my words.