I don't own an e-reader, and I don't suspect that I will- being from just an old enough generation to prefer my paper books. After all, you don't need batteries to read a book!
Buut.. I do have a netbook, which does everything I want- including browsing, Photoshopping, editing movies, web designing, reading pdfs, watching videos, etc.
So yesterday, when I saw a book on Amazon that I really just had to read now, and Amazon said that I could in fact load it on my netbook, I was intrigued.
I can use my netbook as an e-reader?
Yep- there's an app for that! (-:
I loaded the free Kindle app on my netbook, and boom- I can use it as an e-reader! I can buy books, and for the first time, download some books from my library. I can download freebie books from other places too.
I bought two books on language processing difficulties (a subject I've been meaning to bone up on), an another on teaching your teen to be safe behind the wheel. The app also came with Pride and Prejudice (one of Daughter's current reads), Aesop's Fables, and Treasure Island. I found Tom Sawyer as a free download (which Son loves) and a book of Confucius sayings, also for free.
Even though it needs a battery or plug-in power source, I can see advantages of using the netbook as an e-reader. For one thing, the fold-open screen acts like a "book prop"- so I can read hands-free while my hands wrap around my warm mug of coffee or tea. I can also increase the font size, change the text format, and use the built-in dictionary on any word I highlight. I can also search Google for the highlighted word with one click. One of the best things is not needing a flashlight in the dark!
So maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks. Sort of- just so I can remain cantankerous enough to embrace the new technology on my own terms . (-: