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I ordered my Kindle a couple of days ago and I can't just wait it to arrive. And reading this post makes me think that I have made a great choice. And... There's no place to any more bookshelves on my tiny appartment... :D

Yes, I can. I can completely affirm that it's MORE comfortable to read the Kindle in bed (on my side, on my back, whatever), than a hardcover or even paperback book. Also better than newspaper, though you lose the comics, ads and lots of the pictures. Only time I think I'd rather have the paper newspaper is when I have the luxury of spreading it out on a table while I drink tea. Otherwise, the Kindle is better for reading the newspaper too.

Can you simply rest the left underside of the Kindle against the lower inside palm of the left hand? Like you might the spine of a well-worn hardback?

The rubberized bottom seems to support this method.

But this obvious holding position seems to escape every "gadget" reviewer I've seen pick up a Kindle. They grasp in on both sides around the edges, as if it weighed a great deal, or they were trying to get leverage for thumb typing, or were excessively fearful of dropping it.

I often read with my fingers, so I'd intend to have left hand underside, and follow the lead of my right hand, on pages at minimum font size -- occasionally resting my right hand on the unit if needed to stabilize it.

Who grasps books by both sides and holds them up level to your face? Sheesh.

Okay, part addiction. But days later, my enthusiasm is unabated. I can read my students' final papers (due today) on the KINDLE without printing them out.

I can bring their papers with me when I go out, along with Candide (great book), and dozens of other titles and documents I've now stuffed the thing with.

As for paid content: I suspended my two daily newspapers a few days ago, and already notice my recycle pile is way smaller. The newspapers and a couple of mainstream magazines are the only items I plan to purchase at this point (when the free trials run out). I don't keep those anyway, and they're not something that would flag the FBI as to my inner thoughts.

The newspapers and magazines cost less than the dead trees version, and the savings will pay for the cost of the KINDLE in about 5000 years.

Free trials are addicting, absolutely. I read today's Irish Times last night, and was able to understand it better than I did when I was in Ireland. That's because it's so ridiculously easy to look up words I don't know, like "Taoiseach." And the free chapters are hard to resist from the 90,000 books. But I'll mainly stick with free stuff from Project Gutenberg et al. and borrow new books from the library.

Ohhh . . . you make my heart ache . . . .

". . . but a pleasure to read real books, magazines, documents on a portable device."

If you are reading them on a device, they are not real. And as if books and magazines weren't portable . . .

It's an addiction. Pure and simple.

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