Guess what? I've got my Kindle!
Already B is wishing he hadn't gotten it for me. I've been off the computer for three solid days because I've been reading on my Kindle. Four books down, three to go, before I have to order more. My dad and step-mother gave me a gift certificate for $50, and it covered nearly all 7 books. That's pretty good! And I don't have to find a place on my overwhelmed bookshelf to keep them. I'm also finding it is a great way to look at new authors. Most of the time I like my new ones, but now if I don't, there is no lingering book to worry about.
I haven't actually ordered right off the Kindle. I used the site to cash in my gift certificate and then just sent the books to the Kindle from the site. I will try direct ordering the next time I really want a book (this Christmas.) There were two drawbacks listed about it. One was that the scroll didn't work so well with large font. I'm not finding that to be true. I read so fast, though, that I have to have the font on the smallest size possible or I'm turning the page every second.
The other drawback was about how "slippery" the Kindle was. It was hard to hold onto and the case didn't keep the book steady. I've found that to be true. The tabs to hold the Kindle are on the inside rather than the outside edge so it can slip out of its case. When I've tried to keep it in the case, I've inadvertently hit the page button. I've solved that problem using the band that keeps the Kindle case closed. I slide it over the edge of the Kindle and then it doesn't matter which angle I hold it, it doesn't move.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this gift! And as I scarfed down my diet cheat (a sundae and Oreo cookie shake) in honor of my birthday, I received the news that my other birthday wish came true. I'm proud to be an American.