I was quite surprised to receive it, as, until recently, I had been a fervent opponent of e-readers, arguing with *anyone* who had the audacity to state that the printed word was dead. I still believe that books will always have a part on our shared history, but once I realized that a) my house was being over-run by the printed word, and b) if I wanted to take the multiple books with me I normally read at any one time (from 5-7), I would need far more chiropractic appointments in my foreseeable future (haha).
One of the benefits of me receiving this e-reader is that, because I'm poor at the moment, I have been compelled to only download the free e-books; now about 50% of the free books are crappy romances, "sampler" books (such as a fraction of the chapters to a book, or the abridged first of a series), but the other 50% are classic literature which have outlived their copyright restrictions.
I'm a big classic literature fan, but I've strayed recently into easier, faster reading books; this e-reader is a fantastic kick in the pants I need to finish my massive bucket list of classics!
Some on my list for 2012:
Villette - Charlotte Bronte
The Professor - Charlotte Bronte
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult - M. Joseph Bedier
The Man Who Knew Too Much - G.K. Chesterton
The Rime of The Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Divine Comedy, Vol 1 - Dante Aligheri
The Arabian Nights Entertainments - Andrew Lang
Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
The Prince - Nicolo Machiavelli
I will either be very brainy after this glut of literature, or cudgeling myself with a whiffle bat for being so optimistic that I thought I could do all this (pant pant...)
Wish me luck!