kindleFemnista oneshots are arriving every day for our next issue and I’m super-impressed and delighted with what terrific fiction writers our contributors are! The topics are great — it makes me want to read and watch more television shows (like I have time for that!).

Anyway, on to the main topic of this post — e-readers. I’m torn about them. On one hand, how handy to carry all your books around with you in a convenient little Kindle! Less eye strain! No more sitting up late at night craning your neck, while your arms go numb, as you hold up a heavy book (yes, Rowling, I am looking in your direction… much as I love your last four Potter books, they be heavy!). Best of all, a lot of classics are FREE for Kindle. Hello, Poe, Dickens, Austen, and Twain.

Yet, there’s something nice about holding a literal book, about smelling its pages (provided you didn’t buy it second-hand from a smoker, ugh), and using pretty little bookmarks and such. Plus, authors can’t sign Kindle books!

So, what do you think? Should I invest in a Kindle? Do you have one? Do you think it’s a passing e-fad, or a sign of the future? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? Does it make you more or less inclined to read?

Do tell. My birthday is coming up and I’m debating whether or not to ask my parents for one!