It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of technological progress, it was the age of choices, it was the epoch of information, it was the epoch of uncertainty, it was the season of next generations, it was the season of old wisdom up new sleeves…

Before driving our son to college today, I’m borrowing his Kindle 2, trying to decide if I want to get the new generation Kindle for myself.

Decisions, decisions…

So far, I like it. My hands like the feel of it. My middle-aged eyes like the variable font size. Given my packed bookshelves and storage boxes, I like the ease with which I can find beloved classics without guessing and hunting.

I doubt I would buy many new books as e-books (although, who knows? I’ve been wrong before), and I’m not even sure I would replace much of the paper book reading I do now with e-book reading, unless the book is physically too large to sit with comfortably. I simply enjoy holding a book in my hands too much to give it up.

What I am drawn to is the idea that many of the pdf files I currently read online, as well as online newspapers and magazines, I could read offline, reducing my time at a computer and the resulting eye strain (a migraine trigger).

What is your experience with e-readers?

If you haven’t seen it already, you might enjoy this humorous New York Times Kindle 3 video review: