To Kindle or not to Kindle?

Whenever I mention that I read a lot of electronic books, people tend to ask if I have a Kindle.

So far, I haven’t.

My iPhone, with its Stanza, Bluefire, iBooks and Kindle apps fill that particular niche well. Buying books from various vendors, and not just Amazon broadens my range of which books I own – and not just lease from Amazon…

Thus far, I have encountered no issue with reading on my iPhone. Unlike the Kindle I tested out last year, I love that I can use the touch screen to turn the page and that I don’t have to rely on any button to scroll down the page, or turn it.

The real saving grace, thus far, is that I would usually bring my phone with me everywhere – and it doesn’t take much room. Whereas a Kindle, it would be one more thing to bring along, in an already overflowing handbag.

In addition to the ease of bringing my iPhone with me, I also love that I can buy books and have them instantly delivered for reading. When I’m done with one book in a series, if the author has published another book – I can get the next one instantly.

So far, the books I am getting electronically are books that I wouldn’t necessarily get due to a conservation of space in my shelves. Books by authors I wish to share with others – I get in paper format.

But, I have also started contemplating getting a Kindle. The technology would surely be a bit easier on the eyes (though, I haven’t noticed a problem yet) and the battery life would be better.

My problem now, is that Amazon released the Kindle touch that I was waiting for – but not for shipping outside the US, so far.  And though they lowered the prices on the Kindle – it wasn’t significant on the model they’re shipping outside the States.

Anyone have other arguments? (I have a Kindle in my Amazon basket… waiting for the perfect time to get one.)

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