I have been thinking about getting a Kindle for awhile. I really like the idea, and I LOVE the concept of less paper usage and production. But there are a couple of things that are making me leery.
First: the cost. $390 with tax! I can buy A LOT of books for almost $400. while the device looks really cool, I don't think I could justify spending more than $200 on it.
Second: I think the books are WAY too expensive. A paper book incurs a lot of costs in production, materials, storage, shipping and stocking. A digital book should require only a tiny fraction of these costs. Yet the Kindle books are still not all that lower in price than printed books.
They say how much cheaper the books are in Kindle, but I haven't found that to be the case most of the time. I've even found that some of the older books I'd like to buy are cheaper to buy printed than in Kindle! Others are the exact same price. (Using Amazon.com prices).
It looks like you can get brand new, much anticipated hardbacks for a lot cheaper, but anything in paperback or that is older seems to not have much of a savings, or are sometimes more expensive. That bothers me.
Third: At the current Kindle prices it wouldn't save me that much money anyway because I often shop at good used bookstores. I like used books: you can get a good price on a pre-read book, and sometimes I sell my books that I did not fall in love with for store credit. I assume once you buy a Kindle book you are stuck with it: no selling it at a "used" Kindle software site.
Fourth: I like the fact that when I buy a paper book I can do whatever I want with it. I can keep it, give it away to a friend, sell it at a used bookstore or a garage sale, sell it online, donate it to the public library... With Kindle you really can't do any of these things. I would not be buying a book with Kindle, I'd be buying the right to read a book. I'd be paying almost as much to get the story, but would lose the freedom to do what I wanted with it. For some reason this really bothers me.