- I can buy any book and read it RIGHT NOW. (My previous solutions have been to either (a) pay shipping costs equivalent to the price of the books or (b) wait months and months until some trusted friend can bring my Amazon purchases to me).
- I can carry around hundreds of gigantic books in one hand.
- It lays flat on the table, so I can read while doing practically anything else.
- A battery life I (almost) never have to think about.
- The availability of free classics.
PUT UP WITH:
- Occasionally losing my place when my kids bump the screen.
- The relative slowness of flipping to an appendix and back (in a book like, say, Dance With Dragons, where I need to remind myself who all these hundreds of characters are).
- Scads of features I currently consider useless (crappy web browser, "X-Ray," highlights and notes -- seriously, guys, I just want to read the book (although I admit I may find a use for these features later, especially if they improve their web browser) (and it's not like the features get in the way or anything)).
- Reading PDFs. (It treats each page as an image, so unless the pages are designed for a 6" screen, I have to manually zoom in to read it, then zoom out again to turn the page. Repeat.)
- Looking at world maps. (Similar problem to PDFs, except you can't zoom).
The last two could be fixed with better software. I don't know if they will be, but they could be. Also Random House has really impressed me by releasing printable Dance With Dragons' maps on their website. Seriously, that alone changed my reading experience of Dance With Dragons from HATE to PUT UP WITH (and LOVE when I don't need the maps).
Do you have an e-reader? What's your experience? (Or what are you afraid of, if you haven't used one?)
And does anyone know a better way to deal with PDFs on this thing?