I'm old (nearly 66), but not old fashioned. I received a Kindle book as a gift for my 65th birthday, and it is the greatest thing (next to my iPod, of course) that I've ever had. I have eclectic tastes in literature, and having a device that can hold upward of 1,500 books is the answer to my prayers. As one who is blessed with ADHD, I find that I become bored easily. With my Kindle, I can read some history for twenty minutes or a half hour, then switch to a biography for another period of time, then move to a mystery for thirty minutes, and perhaps move to a political diatribe for still another half hour. On vacation, I was able to take half a dozen different books with me in a device that's no bigger than a small note tablet. Also, because I have vision problems, I can increase the font size or even have the thing read to me. Additionally, I have uploaded a panoply of classical music, to which I can listen as I read. Hardcover and paperbooks are great as gifts, and will always exist on some level, but give me my Kindle or give me...well, you get the picture.
As an aside, I have self-published five books, and without the Kindle and eBook versions, I would barely be making anything, BUT with the electronic versions I am actually earning a comfortable living (added to social security) each month. Last month I sold over 950 books in aggregate, and at least 80% of those were in electronic book format. Hope you'll take a look.
I download books through the Kindle for iPad app. It's pretty great. I am one of those people who never thought I would do the e-reader thing, but I am enjoying it. I am not ready to go 100% e-reader, but I do like this more than I expected.
Karen Wojcik Berner
I currently read on my laptop but it makes my eyes hurt so much. I am looking at the ereaders as well. I'm thankful to have happened across your discussion board. :)
I'm looking at the Kobo (up here in Canada from Chapters) or the Sony reader. Going to go check them both out tomorrow and buy one in a week - it's a belated Christmas gift.
Good luck with your decision.
I have the original nook and I love it. It turns pages fast and is easy to read. Books download quickly and is easy to use.
I got a kindle for Christmas. I love it. Here's why.
-I can easily email or transfer PDFs and other file types to my kindle. Most of the PDFs are easily converted so I can make notes and highlight phrases. This is a great feature for me since I'm still in college and read a ton of PDFs.
-The kindle is not backlit and it has arguable the best looking "ink." I read a ton and my eyes can't handle such an intense amount of computer screens. Last semester my eyes were bloodshot and hurt from reading backlit screens. With my kindle it's not a problem this semester.
-I read for longer periods of time with my kindle. Not sure why. Maybe because it's so light weight.
-Book storage is not a problem with my kindle. My real shelves are full. I don't need anymore paper in my house.
I still read real books when they are graphic novels or library books. Most other eReaders allow borrowing from public libraries but kindle, as of yet, does not. This is not a big drawback for me since a) my library has hardly any eBooks I'm genuinely interested in, b) amazon books are dirt cheap (most pre 1920s free) and c) at least 50% of my kindle use is with the PDFs anyways. I buy real books only if I really think the book is beautiful (or has great illustrations) or if it's by an author who I really like and want to own for sharing and thumbing through indefinitely.