Easy access to my books. I think this will be the feature that wins me over to the ebook dark side permanently. It's awesome to be able to pull out my Kindle and automatically have access to all the books I've bought for Kindle so far. Would I spend the money to convert my print library to Kindle? Not at the moment, but I definitely check to see if books I want are available for Kindle before I spring for a print copy.
3G. This feature has been a lifesaver, especially with the recent move and all my computer equipment being packed away. While it's not ideal for extended use, it's a good option if you want to check your email or another quick task. This feature on the Kindle has truly helped me realize the extent of my email addiction.
The E-Ink Screen. It's incredibly refreshing to read on a screen that doesn't hurt my eyes. I didn't think I minded reading on my netbook before, but now that I have the Kindle screen for comparison, the computer screen is a distant, distant second.
One Click Ordering. When I want a new book in the middle of the night, there it is! Pre-ordering is easy, purchasing is easy, and when I'm in the middle of a series and HAVE TO HAVE THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW, I can get it without leaving home! (I just devoured Vivian Arend's Granite Lake Wolves series that way, actually.)
Crazy Long Battery Life. I'm pretty bad at remembering to charge things so this is a huge asset to me.
A lot of people are deterred from buying an ereader because of the upfront cost of actually purchasing the device. Well, I have an answer to that too, and admittedly this is one of the reasons I opted to get a Kindle instead of one of the other devices out there. The solution to the price issue is the Amazon Trade In Service, where you can send books, movies, video games, and game consoles/electronics to Amazon third party merchants in exchange for an Amazon gift card. The shipping is free, the whole process start to finish (for me) took less than two weeks, and by getting rid of things I didn't want, I made over a hundred dollars! Don't be fooled by the textbook trade in label for books, either- there's a good market for recent trade and mass market paperbacks as well. If the item page says you'll get a certain amount of gift certificate credit, you'll get it! It really is that easy.
Also, in case you haven't noticed, I've begun using Amazon Affiliates here at What Book is That? as well. Every click and subsequent order helps, friends, and the funds from the affiliate endeavor will go back into giveaways here at the blog. Help me give you stuff!
So what's next for me as a Kindle owner? I'm pleased to say I ordered the following as a safe haven for Dee the Kindle from Borsa Bella on Etsy:
My first choice print was the awesome one with the giraffes, so I'm definitely looking forward to receiving, reviewing and using the bag once it arrives!
What has your experience with ebooks and ereaders been so far? Do you have one/want one? What one do you have/want? What's deterring you from getting one if you don't have one currently? I think the whole subject of print versus digital books is fascinating, so comment away!