When I first heard of the e-reader I was automatically, irrationally against the idea. I love books. I love the feel of them and the smell of them. I enjoy watching my collection grow as I organize and make more room on my bookshelves. There is something extremely satisfying about holding a heavy hardcover book in your lap and watching the end come closer and closer as you turn the pages. Then, someone in my family told me that one day I was going to have to move the hundreds of books that I have acquired over the years and I was going to be miserable doing it. (Plus I am running out of room and there is only so much space for more bookshelves). Finally last Christmas someone in my family bought be the Kindle Fire and told me to give it a try. I did, and I have to admit, I really do love it. I bought a nice leather cover for it so it still feels like I am holding a hardcover book and with the progress bar on the botton I can still see the pages going by to the end. There are also many books that are completely free which is nice since I usually purchase at least 50 per year. While there are certain books that I still prefer to purchase in physical hardcover format there are many that are perfectly fine for the e-reading format. "Beach books" or travel books are perfect examples of the kind of books that would be better if purchased on an e-reader. Plus, with the Kindle Fire you can connect to the internet and enjoy apps and games. I don't particularly care for the other e-reader models but the Kindle Fire has definitely been a fine addition to my collection.