Strictly from a financial standpoint. I love books. I buy lots of books. I mostly read reference/self-help....sometimes fiction. But mostly, reading has a purpose...like when dd pushed me to start observing some Jewish practices and I had no idea how to do it, other than what my totally non-observant father taught me. I bought several books on Judaism and raising Jewish kids and now I'm good to go. So books are mostly about learning and not entertainment for me. But I really need to reduce how much I spend on "incidentals" such as books every months. We don't have a free public library within easy driving distance and frankly when I want/need something, I want it when I want it...not 4 months later when my turn on the list comes up. :drool: I could pay $100 a year to use the closest library (about 10 minutes from home) but they are a tiny branch which usually means ILL and then if you ask for 12 different books, they'll all come in on different days (anywhere from a few days later to two weeks later) but they will not hold books...so you essentially have to go in every couple days to get them as they come in. Highly annoying, especially when I have to pay (I tried it the first year I lived here and didn't renew). I am the type of person who is reading a dozen books at a time. I like to have a variety of things to read about, depending on my mood. I try to remember to take a book when I know we'll be somewhere where I have to wait (a regular occurrence with 4 kids and their appointments and lessons) but I never seem to bring the one I feel like reading. I might take a year to get through a book. If I love it and want it for reference forever, I save it. If I don't love it, I will sell it. But usually can only get a few $$. Most of the books I buy are $12-30 or so on Amazon and the Kindle versions run about $10 typically. I've bought a few books this way and I use the free Kindle for PC app...but then of course I can't read them if I don't feel like sitting at the PC (and my laptop gets very hot, so cradling it in my lap to read in bed isn't fun LOL). I was figuring that if I got the $139 Kindle then it would, over time, pay for itself. There are a lot of books I really want to read that are in the $30+ range and I could save a lot by getting the Kindle version. I'd no longer be able to return books I decide right away aren't right for me, and I wouldn't be able to sell used books. I guess I'm worried I'll regret the Kindle for those reasons...or that I'm convincing myself it's a budget-friendly decision because I think it'd be cool to have one. My 15yo had to get a root canal today (failed filling in a banded tooth) and I sat and fiddled with my iPhone off and on for two hours...I was wishing I had a Kindle!! What do you think?