quote: think if you have to ask the question "why would I bring x books?" then you're not the kind of person that would understand the answer.
quote: 1) I don't think most people usually bring more than one or two books with them on a trip, so does this truly save room? While a song is only a 3 minute affair and we usually have completely random tastes, we tend to read a single book at a time. If we're near the end, we take the next book on our mental list.
quote: 2) The lack of a built-in light means this doesn't provide as much of a benefit over books in regard to low-light (or no light) reading. I recall seeing a man on a jet have to constantly fiddle with his Kindle's book light to get it just right during a late night flight.
quote: 3) It can't do anything else. Well, this may not be as true, since this says it has an experimental browser, but if I'm looking at the Kindle vs say... an iPad or another tablet PC, it'd be nice to offer more than just the capability to read books, because sometimes we just feel like doing something a little different from time to time and it gives the device a little more use. But if you compare costs, other devices may completely eclipse these eReaders... such as the iPad's $500 price tag compared to the Kindle's low price. That's quite a chunk of change for offering a few more things to do!
quote: 4) This is really a situational reason, but I recall that my brother's purchased a lot of second-hand books... mostly in the fantasy genre. I have no idea if these books are even available in an electronic format and he'd probably have to pay a decent amount more to buy them "new" rather than used.
quote: They only bring that many because that's how many they can. Besides even if they only brought one it would be a benefit. Although more than a paperback the kindle is substantially lighter and smaller than a single hardbound.One hardbound doesn't sound like much but go put it in your backpack while you hike through airports. It sucks!
quote: I've never seen a book with a built in light either. Do they now suck?
quote: So? The kindle does other things (mp3 player) but for the sake of argument lets just say it does nothing else at all. Who cares? It does the thing that you want and it does it better than ANYTHING out there. You brought up iPad so lets look:
quote: It's a little off topic, but I never understood that litigation article... why would people want to sit outside on a 80-90 degree day and read? It wouldn't take long to get sweaty and uncomfortable from the heat and/or humidity.
quote: If you get a tablet PC and do more with it than just use it as a book reader, then you are spending X + Y dollars where if Y isn't too pricey for what it offers (including cons such as lower battery life), it can possibly prop the tablet PC above the eReader.
quote: Some find value with an entire library being condensed into one device.
quote: Ohh. New Kindle version coming out late August for $189. Drooling
quote: Not to mention that with a tablet, I can do a lot more, and Amazon can't yank anything out that I don't want yanked.