Beefy_Artist saidWait and see by the end of the month for what Apple is about to launch....
Agreed. Apple's tablet may be a simple reader, or it could be a full powered tablet. But either way, wait to find out what it is before investing. Chances are that whatever it is Apple comes out with will blow current competition out of the water, and if it's a reader, I'd hate for you to be stuck with a Kindle.
While everyone and their Mom is aflame about Apple, whatever they release won't be a mere eBook device, it will be very expensive, (ALL 1st-generation Apple products are--remember the $599 iPhone WITH contract?--and considering the hype the tablet is getting, Apple has total freedom making it as expensive as they'd like) and likely running a large-resolution iPhone/iPod Touch OS (the App Store is Apple's crowning achievement--there's no way in hell it won't utilize it). So if it's a reader you're looking for--this device will probably be like buying a car when all you wanted was a bike.
mindgarden saidA relevant quote from this morning's Wired:
" The e-reader market is set to heat up as new entrants promise to make the Sony Reader, Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook look like the primitive, version 1.0 devices they are."
CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is going on right now, so at the end of the week, you'll certainly have more options to consider.
(Though, if Apple's tablet has any allure to you--it's probably a good thing to note that Apple's press event for later this month is decidedly after CES, meaning they get the opportunity to assess the devices coming to market and are in a great position to pwn them all by adding features in these next few weeks).
I kind of find it funny that I'm a huge tech geek and an ("aspiring") author, yet find no allure in the Kindle or a Nook. Guess I like the romance of actual pages in my hand, and books to put on the shelf. (How many times have you judged a man by his books? Ok, maybe it's just me . .)