I'm so loving reading the various viewpoints, and am choosing to share some of them here. Admittedly they will most likely skew to the book side of the debate; I am, after all, a book addict. Physical books, books with pages I can turn, with ink I can smell, books.
I'm also a techno-geek who can't afford to buy the newest and latest and best gadgets, but I would love to! I can see the value of an e-book reader for me when I go on vacation; that's one less suitcase I have to pack with heavy, breaking-my-huband's-back books. I might even borrow one from my friend when I go to AC in November, just to try it out.
But I am a book person, through and through, and will never convert to an e-book reader. That's not to say I don't enjoy the argument, though!!!
Quotation of the Day
The Coming 'Backlash Against E-Books'
"The backlash against e-books by those who aren't so in love with technology for its own sake has yet to begin, but it's coming.... And as for the death-by-2015 predictions of [Nicholas] Negroponte, it's just as likely that as the ranks of the early adopters get saturated, adoption of e-books will slow. The reason is simple: unlike the move from CDs to MP3s, there is no easy way to convert our existing stock of books to e-readers. And unlike the move from records and tapes to CDs, it's not immediately clear that an e-book is in all respects better than what it succeeds....
"So the world is left with an unconvertible stock of used books that is vast. If the bustling, recession-inspired trade in used books tells us anything, it's that old books hold value for readers in a way that not even movies and music do. That's value that no e-book reader can unlock.... Finally, and most importantly, as a delivery mechanism, e-books are nothing like music or even movies and television, and the transitions seen in those media simply don't apply to the transition to electronic books. Books have a kind of usability that, for most people, isn't about to be trumped by bourgeoisie concerns about portability: They are the only auto-playing, backwards-compatible to the dawn of the English language, entirely self-contained medium we have left."
--Christopher Mims in his Technology Review article "The Death of the Book has Been Greatly Exaggerated."