I have not yet tried the hot new product Kindle. I love technology as much as the next person, but I'm a little hesitant about getting hyped about Kindle. You see, I love books. I love old books especially. My favorite in my library is a 1937 copy of HD Thoreau's Walden (cup stain and all!).
I don't collect for monetary value, but just 'cause I love them. There is something about the aged pages that fill me with such hope. New adventures. New lessons to be learned. To me there is nothing more exciting than a room full of books. If you walk into someone's home and see books stacked everywhere, what are you going to think? That the person loves to read obviously; perhaps that they are scholarly or enjoys self-education. Well, I may not label myself as scholarly, but I do believe in self-education and I am the "ever learner". How can Kindle compare with that? I may find it to be a fun gadget, but I doubt it will ever come close to creating the feelings of anticipation that accompany the musty smell of the printed page.