If you're one of the millions of students getting back to school, or if you just enjoy reading books, and have always thought that spending $300-500 on an ebook reader was too much, then maybe getting a refurbished Kindle from Amazon might be the right thing to do.
You can what you want against the Kindle, but there is something incredibly cool about having The New York Times directly delivered to your Kindle. The Times is among a bunch of publications that are operating this way. The way that Amazon has integrated the Kindle in its website makes it also very interesting. You can purchase stuff and send them to your Kindle. Ebooks are cheaper and can be managed easier than real books. We'd never say anything against buying books, since we love them, but if you have trouble with clutter, then buying a Kindle might be a good idea. Also, if you are limited in space, Kindle will work out well. It's not uncommon to have a room filled with books that is totally disorganized. Maybe getting the Kindle will give you clean sweep.
This is clearly a move by Amazon to try and stay competitive in the ebook market, as users have more and more options available to them right now. The refurbished Kindle will sell for $150. That's getting close to the sweet spot in price. The $300 price for a Kindle 2 just doesn't work for us, and neither does the bigger Kindle DX at almost $500. You can get it at Amazon.