I love the feeling of a real book in my hands but once I've read a book I rarely pick it up again, so my shelves quickly become filled with books that I may never open again. Despite my shelves filled with books, I was hesitant to get a kindle or other e-reader because I work behind a computer all day and I didn't want to stare at a screen in my spare time.
In the end my decision was made for me as my wife bought me a kindle. As a math teacher, I am very number oriented, so I downloaded and read enough free books to pay for the initial cost of the Kindle, and from that point I've become very comfortable with my reader.
Now that I'm an experienced e-reader I probably read more e-books than I do regular books, and I love good books in whatever format they come, but I'm still not sure what I love more.
Here's my thoughts on it:
When I'm on vacation I take my kindle (it holds a charge the entire trip and it's smaller than a book)
I like being able to flip back to the map in a Fantasy novel (challenging to do with an e-reader)
The Kindle screen is very friendly on the eyes
Sometimes the kindle needs to be restarted, I've never needed to reset a book.
A kindle looks a little like an ipad so I can pretend I'm taking notes in boring meetings.
I like cover art, it's not so hot on a kindle, and, similar to the maps, I can't easily flip back to it.
With a kindle I don't need to worry about my kids taking my book mark.
What thoughts do you have about e-readers vs. traditional books?