Let's talk e-readers and other gadgets that can double as an e-reader.
I have a Kindle and I love it. I also have a tablet that I love -- but the Kindle is the device that stays in my purse because it's lightweight, fairly rugged when in the cover, and the battery lasts forever. Well, not forever, but three or four weeks even with the way I read, which is pretty much forever in battery terms.
I can't use the tablet to write a first draft, but I can certainly use it to edit a manuscript, and I can't do that with the Kindle. So, when away from home and in editing mode, sometimes the tablet gets dragged along instead. For the most part I believe in multi-use devices over devices that only do one thing. But the Kindle just flat out works as a dedicated device, so it won me over.
When reading at night I use the tablet because I can read with the light off and not disturb my sleeping husband. When reading in sunlight the Kindle wins hands down.
So in my case I have a tablet and a Kindle, LCD and e-ink, and both get a lot of use.
What would it take for me to upgrade? The new Nook touch e-ink screen got my attention, but the majority of my books are formatted for the Kindle and I'm not interested in switching to a machine that uses a different file type. And really, even if a new touch screen Kindle were to come out, I'm not sure I'd buy it just for that. Without the keyboard it will be smaller, but it would have to be a good deal smaller (without decreasing screen size) to tempt me. Sure, it's a pain to navigate with the directional keys, and the touchscreen would be easier between books, but it wouldn't change the reading experience. My absolute "must haves" for a dedicated device are: long battery life, fairly rugged, lightweight, crisp letters with good contrast, quick page turns, no bigger than the current Kindle.
To make today's post on topic... aren't most kinky books nowadays best read electronically? For one thing, they are substantially less expensive in ebook form than in book form. That isn't necessarily so for more mainstream books, but seems to be the case for most kinky books. But the other big reason -- no one knows I'm reading a kinky book at my daughter's ballet class when I'm using my Kindle. Take a look at the covers in the left column - no way could I take a dead-trees book that looked like that into a room full of ballet students and their mom's. I couldn't even read it in the living room at home with my kids around.
Do you have an e-reader? Is it a dedicated e-reader or a multi-use device? Are you in the market for one? Are you an e-ink fan or an LCD fan? If you have a device, what would it take to make you upgrade?