I think I want a Kindle, specifically a Kindle Touch. For the longest time I thought e-book readers were stupid and would never be a good substitute for a paperback book. Then I used one briefly on tour and found that it was really easy to read.
See, i’ve hit a wall with my reading habits. I’m still buying books when I find one that looks interesting, but I haven’t finished a book in many months. The last book I finished was Record Collecting for Girls and I had to push myself to finish it. The way I see it, e-book readers are the new mp3 player. I don’t think it will stop me from buying/reading paperback books, I think it will just get me excited about reading again. Even though I have stacks of tapes and records, I listen to most of my music on my phone or on my computer.
One of the best features the Kindle Touch has that makes me want one is a built in dictionary and wikipedia look up. Far too often when I am reading, I’ll come across a reference or a word that I want to get a little extra info on to help the context of the book. So I have to put my book down and look it up on my computer or phone. Since I got pulled out of my book, I get easily distracted by other things on the internet: facebook, email, message boards, etc… I think having it all on the same device is really convenient and would really help me.
Plus, lets be honest, I’m a gadget nerd. I am constantly reading http://www.engadget.com/ and have been loving the last couple months since I bought the iPhone 4s.
My birthday is in 4 weeks, I think I know what I’m going to ask for.