OK, time for a consumer survey. What do you think of the Kindle, the wireless electronic book that will be available from Amazon on November 29?
Here's the quickie description: This is an ebook that is connected wirelessly directly to Amazon. No computer needed. $399 purchase price. You purchase the books you want electronically and they arrive in your hand-held device. Newspaper subscriptions are also available. It does not need wifi so you can buy a book wherever you are.
Reaction from a close friend: I'm drooling to get one.
My Luddite response: Sorry. Why is this good? Can't I just read a book?
Her reply: So you're sitting on a plane. You brought a book with you but you don't feel like that book anymore. You open your Kindle and download a new one from Amazon for $10. Or you subscribe to the newspaper, which is delivered to your Kindle every morning. Or you want to read that new War & Peace translation but it's too heavy to take on vacation. Or you're traveling with children and can get a new book for them to read in one minute. Or you want to read a novel you are embarrassed to be seen reading in public. No more having to fit that "Plato's Republic" dust jacket around Danielle Steele.
Now it's your turn . . . .