On Tuesday, my new gadget arrived, the Amazon Kindle and overall I'm impressed.

Over the last few weeks, I've been mulling over whether I should drop $400.00 on e-book reader and it took me some time to finally get up the nerve to make the leap.  The final straw for me? --- Newspaper subscriptions.

Before Tuesday, I had two (2) newspaper subscriptions delivered to my home.  The Wall Street Journal gets delivered Mon-Sat and I take the Austin American Statesman on Sundays only.  By switching to the Amazon Kindle, my annual subscriptions for these two (2) papers drops from $332 to $192.  And I get to enjoy the convenience of not reading an occasional wet paper.  As an added bonus, I don't have to worry about recycling the mountains of used newspaper that collect in my home.

Even though I find reading on my Kindle pleasant, I really haven't found a good rhythm for skimming newspaper articles.  However, I did find another Kindle advantage -- I no longer have to jump to page A16 to continue reading an article.


UPDATE: 27 MAY 2008

Finished reading Neal Stephenson's "Quicksilver," the first of a trilogy this past Monday on the Kindle.  Really enjoyed it but I found it a bit hard to read some of the maps and family trees.  I plan on taking a break before reading the second book, "The Confusion"