A Technophile/Bibliophile’s Dream

To say that I am a bibliophile is a giant understatement. My personal library is probably getting close to 700 books, if not more. I read voraciously. I devour books. Heck, I’ve even bought at least five books for the baby, and he isn’t even born yet! (I wonder how quickly I can teach him to read?)

My love of books does cause me some pain though. I care a large purse partly so that I can always have a paperback book with me. I also use a pda phone (currently a PalmOne Treo 650), again, so that I have have at least two or three electronic books with me. One never knows when one will be stuck in a line, or stuck waiting for the subway, or any one of a myriad of situations where a book will provide relief!

To me, the Holy Grail of portable books is a book reader that looks good, is light, and has a screen larger then a few inches (reading books on my Treo is painful). Amazon looks like they may have just released exactly what I am looking for: Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device. I am blown away–books, newspapers, blogs, Wikipedia, wireless downloads. *sigh* The perfect Christmas gift (in case anyone is interested).

It remains to be seen, of course, if the Kindle lives up to everything Amazon promises. There have been a few attempts before to create an ebook reader, and none have fared very well. Sadly, though, it looks like Kindle’s wireless functionality only works in the U.S., so my dream of the perfect ebook reader will have to be put on hold a while longer. 🙁

That means, of course, that I am back to coveting the iPod Touch. 😉