Just in time for the holidays, Oprah has announced her new favorite thing: Amazon's e-reading gadget, the Kindle.
This news inspires all kinds of mixed emotions for us. How about you?
First of all, we're not so convinced that the Kindle is a great green product. Yes, in theory, it saves a whole bunch of paper. But, if you're a library-going bookworm like we are (oh, the joys of the Berkeley Public Library), then you're already doing pretty well in that department.
And, we're also not sure we're ready to give up on the feeling and weight of a well-worn paperback. It's hard to imagine cuddling up on the couch with a mug of tea, an old blanket, and the Kindle. Just doesn't inspire the same feelings of coziness.
But, maybe we're living in the dark ages and the Kindle is the wave of the future? It's true, we don't take the newspaper anymore -- we get all of that on the web. We've cut down on most of our magazine subscriptions, and are happy reading those via our laptops. So maybe we'll change our minds eventually.
Oh, and lastly, it just plain scares us the way people feverishly buy things because Oprah likes 'em. But that's another post.
What do you think? Kindle fan or hater?
(Oh, by the way, if you want one ... you can get $50 off if you buy it before Nov. 1. Just enter the code "OPRAHWINFREY")