So each year when I get my Federal Income Tax Refund I do the responsible thing and invest the money in home improvements, repairs or the retirement account. But I always hold back a little bit for myself -- fun money. It's my once a year indulgence and permission to buy something completely guilt-free that's a total luxury. One year I spent $175 on the full set of Harmony Wood Knitting Needles (I still love them!). So this year I filed my taxes late (just 3 days before the deadline) - which means my refund should be arriving any day now.
I'm contemplating buying a Kindle ebook reader from Amazon. I love to read but never get to read as much as I'd like because I don't want to carry books everywhere. I like the idea of being able to download books instantly from Amazon too - and there are thousands!. Kindle Bookstore And CNet's reviewer seems to like the Kindle too.
But then again, I'm also thinking about the Sony Reader. But which one? The Sony Touch Edition looks very cool and I like that it's a touch screen but still able to use a stylus if you want to take notes on the pages. This review is very good. I like that, unlike the Kindle, the Sony Reader can deal with a bunch of different file types -- PDF, Word Documents plus standard ebook formats. And of course there's thousands of books for download, just like the Kindle. All the Google Books stuff can be downloaded as well as many titles from public libraries can be "checked out." I've already got a bunch of ebook files that would work with the Sony -- but I can't make up my mind if I like the Kindle better or not.
I don't know what to do. I've wanted one for a while -- but is it the right splurge for me this year? Do you have one? Which one and what do you think of it?