Just finished my From the Ground Up column. The subject is about why I purchased a Kindle. Here are a couple of excerpts:
Amazon released its first e-book reader in November 2007. It sold out in a matter of hours. Several of my acquaintances were among the purchasers. They were unanimously enthusiastic about the device. I could not see paying $399 for one. I’m one of those people who love the touch, smell and feel of hardbound and softbound books. I also love to underline and make notes when I read, especially in nonfiction books. Whatever desire I might have have mustered for an e-book reader was quickly dissipate by price. One can buy a lot of books for $399. Even better, one can go to the library and get them really cheap. So it was the price that caused me to dismiss the e-book reader.
I really like my Kindle. It has more than ample battery life, an excellent reading screen, and even a Web browser. It seems that every day I am discovering some new feature. Yesterday, I read a few chapters on my MacBook (free Kindle download for it), and then today when I picked up my Kindle e-book reader it asked me if I wanted to sync forward and pick up reading where I had left off on my computer. There is a long list of features that are too numerous to name here. All are useful.