For three weeks now I'm the happy owner of a Kindle and it is just awesome. It's not perfect ... but it is awesome. Let me elaborate a little.

Why it isn't perfect:

But the kindle is awesome because it is the perfect gadget for the purpose for which I bought it: Reading.

One complain you often here is that the handling of PDFs and other document formats is bad. Well it depends on what you expect. PDF is a page oriented format without any semantic information. For example a footnote is just a piece of text inside PDF an in no way tied to the place where the footnote is referenced. If you convert such a format to the kindle format you get some not so nice effects, but it was absolutely usable in about half a dozen cases where I tried it. If the layout is to complex, possibly with tables and graphics you can read PDF directly without converting it, which works ok, when holding the Kindle sideways. It will enlarge the PDF so the width fills the screen. And 'turning the page' will actually scroll down the page in about two steps before actually proceeding to the next page. Again not perfect, but absolutely usable.

So if you read a lot and are interested in English Tech Books or old Classics (which are often free) chances are you want a Kindle.