Harry Smeltzer had been mulling over Kindle issues in late February, it turns out, and he pointed out to me that Renee's Civil War blog went into Kindle deeply the same week. Harry comments on my post: "I think the real attraction of the device to CW bibliophiles is for the downloading of free, public domain pdf books." Renee is also enchanted by free ACW books.
But here are my reservations as a potential buyer.
(1) In the file types supported that Renee lists, pdf is not there.
(2) There does not seem to be a print-out capability.
(3) I would need inherent Zotero capability in a device and high levels of interoperability with Wintel computers for the cutting and pasting of passages I need in my writing.
(4) I read in the bathtub where electronics dare not go.
(5) I read on the patio where computer screens are unreadable.
(6) I read at lunch every day in restaurants where I may leave the table for the buffet or restroom.
I think one of Ted's examples paints a picture of perfect use: a frequent traveler reads her favorite periodicals indoors in waiting rooms and on planes. I think Renee and Harry have hit on another strength - reading for pleasure.
Consider me "still thinking."