Why I didn't buy a Kindle
The Amazon Kindle doesn't support the EPUB standard for libraries to lend e-books, making it a nonstarter for CNET editor David Katzmaier.
Update September 29, 2011: Amazon has recently Kindle products, both old and . The author still has not bought a Kindle or other e-reader, however, mainly because he finds reading on
I normally write about TVs and related gear for CNET, but I figured some Crave readers might want to hear about my recent experiences as I considered getting an e-reader for myself. In particular, my good experience "borrowing" e-books from my local library--something I can do on a Barnes & Noble Nook or Sony Reader, for example, but not on an Amazon Kindle.
First, some background. I read a lot, and in the last few years I've been taking advantage of the local library to get my fiction fix (for free!), rather than buying books. The idea of an e-reader never really appealed to me, mainly because I'd always thought of them as money pits designed to feed impulse purchases, and I didn't trust myself not to go on a buying spree if I got one. I was also skeptical that the reading experience could be preserved.
When my co-worker and fellow bibliophile John Falcone offered to lend me his
I had to have one.