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I bit the bullet. I e-mailed the fine friendly folks at Amazon, and requested a Kindle of my very own (for two weeks). The packaged arrived at The Sun before my vacation was even finished, and I have to admit I was excited to open it up and get started, even though I went in with major doubts.

And so this past week I've sacrificed my books, I've read a user manual, I've read Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, all for you, my Read Street constituents.

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OK, maybe I'm exagerating a bit...it wasn't THAT bad. But as one co-worker noted while walking by my desk, "A Kindle? That doesn't seem like your style."

Regardless, I'm a professional. So I approached this assignment as professionally as I knew how: with a pro-con list.

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So let's start with the positives:

Pros

Cons

So in the end, I have to say the extra power cords and expense leave me cold -- I will not be asking for a Kindle any time soon. I'll see about Kindle 2.0, but there would have to be many changes before I invest in one of these.

There is a definite market for ereaders, though -- namely, anyone in academia. The student in your life would adore you, and there's something to be said for being oh-so-cool.

(Photo courtesy of Amazon)

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