Not Oprah Winfrey. She called Kindle her "new favorite thing."
But many book lovers are torn. Some refuse to consider reading in a digital format, some are interested and put off by the price (359 dollars at this point--and sold out), most are curious. And asking questions. So, though I'm a newbie, let me tell you what I've found so far:
1) The Kindle in its carry case is about just around the size and weight of a trade paperback.
2) Comfortable to hold.
3) Has easy to read print (like a book, not like a computer) with adustable fonts.
4) Easy to use: I am NOT a Techno Woman. But zapped a book from Amazon into my Kindle with a quick tap. Chapter One in front of me before I could blink.
5) Amazon offers free sample chapters before you download a book.
6) Easy to "turn" pages, bookmark your spot.
7) Has built in dictionary and other links (like Wikipedia)
8) Holds 200 books, which would be tough to carry along on vacation.
Daily newspapers, magazines, and plenty of printed books (including new and bestselling) are available via Kindle. Cost is a few dollars less than retail. No shipping.
Things you miss:
1) Smell and feel of the paper (though Kindle's cover does smell like leather which appeals to my equestrian spirit)
2) Ambience of bookstore, company of fellow browsers--friendly bookstore staff!
3) Ditto for library perks.
4) And biggest missing element: no books to put on your shelves and NO PLACE for authors to SIGN.
Will Kindles replace books? I can't imagine that. But more and more publishers are offering e-books as an option for readers--my publisher, Tyndale House, does.
Will I now read exclusively on Kindle? No way.
But am I having fun with it? Sure.
And will it be very convenient when I travel? Oh yes.
I've heard that the Kindle 2 will launch in February. Could be a rumor. But then, maybe they've figured out a few new things . . . like how to make it smell like paper.
How about you? Can you picture yourself Kindled?