E-readers are getting a little less horrifically expensive. There are few people, I would hazard a guess, who would benefit more from an e-reader than I would, and not just because half the boxes in my last move were books. It's mainly the portability. If I had my druthers, I would have a book with me absolutely all the time. The number of times I've found myself in a doctor's office with nothing to read but their crappy, dogeared magazines has made me absolutely paranoid about keeping a book in the car. And every time I go into the city, I love to take the train--3 hours of reading! What could be better? I'll tell you what. Reading the 3 hours and not having to lug the bastard all over the city when I'm not reading it, that's what.
One of my friends just bought a Kindle and loves it--it goes with her everywhere, and she's thrilled. If I could carry an ebook like I carry my cell phone, I would be seriously excited. (And, yes, I can read on my cell phone, but it really is small--5" is about the smallest screen I want to use to read a book. Plus, dammit, I'm lazy. I don't want to have to do 10 page turns to a standard paperback page. It would make me even more sarcastic than I already am.)
I'm not keen on the Kindle. It's all about the proprietary format. It drives me insane that I would have to jailbreak a book that I bought. I'm happy to give money to writers and publishers--my life would suck without them. But I do like to know that when I buy a book, I've bought a book. So I've been looking at all the entry-level e-readers out there and figuring out which ones I'll watch and at what point they're a bargain, and when I would let myself jump at a bargain. Ideally, I'd buy an e-ink book before a really sexy Android mini-tablet seduces me, because I'd like to at least try e-ink. It seems like it would be easier on my eyesight.
And I'm reading the comments and reviews everywhere. And today I read one that I wish I could find again, because it would be awesome to link to it. It was from a woman whose husband had bought her an e-reader, and she was absolutely delighted with it. Not only was it cool and sexy and convenient and just generally keen, but it had really increased her time spent reading. And her comment ended with something like, "I've read four whole books this year. That has to be some kind of record!" I'm pretty sure it was from December.
For the record, I finished a 5k, but I know I'm not this lady.