I never thought I would ever need an iPod - I had a discman that played MP3 discs, after all! It was basically the same thing, and SO much cheaper. Then I got an iPod, and I couldn't believe how convenient it was. I know eBook readers are a little bit of a different story, but I'm a fairly technology-fascinated sort of person, and with so many people saying exactly the same thing about a Kindle that I heard about an iPod, I really had to give it a try. Plus, it lets me buy Trek books that are out of print. Out of print Trek books, on occasion, skyrocket in price enormously (I'm looking at you, Mission: Gamma), and with THAT price differential I'll break even on the Kindle in about 15 purchases. It finally arrives later this week (they've been on backorder forever), and I can't wait to see if I like it or not.