I've had my Kindle for a few weeks now, and I can't stop talking about it. Seriously: Amazon should pay me a commission, because I know multiple people who have decided to get their own after using mine.
It's a big deal to me because I keep most of my research on my computer. There are an awful lot of scanned images from microfilm, and I've done a lot of transcribing. This is nice for making myself portable, but annoying when I'm trying to write, because I keep having to flip back and forth between windows, which is particularly annoying when I'm trying to transcribe a quotation from a .jpg file.
I've found that my laptop is not enough, on its own. I need my little (paper) notebook for brainstorming; sometimes it's easier to get my thoughts out with a pen on paper. And this new little guy helps too:
Leslie M-B recommended The Body Electric a few posts ago? It turned out that our library only had access to the online version, but it was okay, because I could read it on my Kindle using Wi-Fi. You have no idea how many books I've been putting off reading because it's annoying and eye-straining to read books on my computer screen. The browser even has an option called "Article Mode", which picks out the pertinent content of an online article or book, and then reformats it to being text-only, and thus easier to read on the greyscale Kindle (I confess that there are a couple of annoyingly-formatted blogs that I read in Article Mode now).
Between all of that and the entire month of battery* in this thing, and it was seriously made for a grad student. And it's made my bag lighter, because it's also replaced my purse German-English dictionary and Bible. Best thing ever.**
* Three weeks with the wi-fi switched on. And I found the one way to run down the battery a little more quickly: I read an entire book on the web browser. But I still got more than two weeks' worth of battery out of the thing. And I charged it a week ago and is still running on nearly a full battery. Amazing!
** I received neither money nor free stuff from Amazon. In fact, I've paid them way too much money at this point. I just love my new toy and wanted to tell you all how it's working out. On that note, if anyone else out there is has any kind of smartphone (or iPod touch), I'm also excited about the Our Groceries app. I can add items to our grocery list from home and it updates on Chris's phone while he's at the store! Best ever!