Last year for Christmas (2010) my Father-In-Law gave me a great gift - a Kindle with a light in the cover. (mostly because I like to read before going to sleep, and Steve isn't thrilled with keeping the light on "Until all hours of the night".)
Let me go back to explain - I love to read. I love books. I love to feel the weight of the book in my hands, and feel the pages creak open. I loved leaving the library with more books than I could carry. I also like to read favorite books over and over again, they are like old friends. The story doesn't change, and is a comfort in a crazy world. They are predictable.
I was not thrilled with the idea of electronic books. I resisted for a long time. Then I caved. Then came the gift. And it was wonderful. (Just a note, Amazon offers an ever changing list of free books. Of the 400+ books I have currently on my Kindle I have only paid for maybe three of them)
I was curious how the e-version of my favorites would compare to my paper versions, but too frugal to actually purchase a favorite that I already had in my collection just to test. Last week I had my chance. One of my favorite, favorite books was offered free on the Kindle Free List.
Finally I could answer my question - which was better.
The answer - they are both pretty darn great. I enjoyed reading my old friend electronically just as much as reading her in paper format. Score one for the Kindle.
(In case you are wondering, my book is "Kissing Aidren" by Siri Mitchell. Her stories are fantastic)