Amazon.com's "Kindle" is sold out. At $399, the wireless reading device accesses 110,000 books. Best-sellers and new releases are $9.99. You can have the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal delivered to your Kindle.
As anyone who knows me can attest to, I regard most of life as an intrusion between me, my bed and my book. The thought of being able to access (wireless connectivity) in a taxi, at the airport, in a hotel room makes my heart pound and my mouth go dry with desire. But there's a problem. #1: $399 (with its free 2-day shipping, I'm still not impressed), #2: I don't buy this way.
I don't want to have the first edition of anything. I don't buy for status. After the first edition, there are likely to be kinks to work out and just as likely the price will come down. I buy books by the handful (I bought 8 yesterday) at thrift shops, yard sales, library sales.
So although my first impulse was to add Kindle to my cart, it won't be happening anytime soon. I will be keeping an eye out for someone using one and I'll be sure to ask to see what it's all about.
Kindle may turn out to be a conversation starter. The new singles mingles for the intelligensia. Keep an eye on it.