In theory, I hate Kindle.
I'm sorry, I like books. I like holding them and looking at them on my shelf and reading them again after a long time. Books take no energy, no wall-plug, no battery charger. I can lend a book to anyone. I can give a book to anyone.
Kindle books? Not so much...
The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if they could change the text of a Kindle book without my knowing, thus changing the meaning of things that are truly important. Yes, I know, that's pretty tin-foil-hat. But think about it: If no one has a hard copy, how would you know?
Books are an essential part of the passing of civilization to the next generation and because of that, I will always own real books that take up space and are heavy and awkward to move.
But here's where Kindle shines: in the classroom!
How did I ever manage to write a research paper without a Kindle? I can note the book, bookmark it, even share the quote. Quoting a Kindle book makes creating a Works Cited page dirt simple:
Just cut and paste the quotation to the right spot in your paper than copy and paste your citation to your Works Cited page.
And may I remind you of the size of Brit Lit Anthologies?
If nothing else, the text book load is reduced. Not to mention the impact on the environment and the fact that e-texts are about one-third to half the price of a standard paper text.
So, do I love Kindle unreservedly? No.
But a healthy skepticism of "stuff" is a good thing.
Is it a handy tool?
Oh, heck yes!