I love to read. I teach elementary school. I get lots of gift cards to bookstores. Add these together and you get one happy Lisa.
But I'm old-fashioned in some senses, and while I think the idea behind e-readers is really cool, they will just never be for me. There's something about the smell of a new book, the feel of turning the page, and seeing your bookmark move from steadily through the pages. I love the look of hardback books, I love knowing words have been printed onto a page, and I love thinking about type-set letters being painstakingly put into place hundreds of years ago to create the magic that is a book.
Yes, it's true that e-readers save trees and that you can carry hundreds of books on one small piece of equipment that will save space in your tiny apartment or on your cross-country trek. No matter, the cons far outway the pros for me.
I was at a friend's house last night. She has story time before putting the kids to bed. I sat there looking at her two young children flipping through books and pretending to read. For me, this is one of the most precious things to see, and I just can't imagine the thrill of holding a book being the same using one of these.