I almost never read the newspaper, and haven't since I stopped my hard copy subscription to Investor's Business Daily three years ago, switching to the pdf version. I've been taking advantage of the free newspaper trials available for my Kindle. I really like reading newspapers on the Kindle. No more newspapers cluttering up the apartment; no more black ink all over my hands. But there are even more compelling reasons to switch to Kindle versions of newspapers. All three of my trial subscriptions are for East Coast papers, and all of them have been automatically downloaded into my Kindle by 2-3 am, which is good for me since I routinely am awake at night. When I used to get the Wall Street Journal or IBD delivered, sometime it never came, or would come so late I couldn't read it before going to bed. No more of that. I hate reading an article, and then having to skip to a different page to finish. No more of that. I'm not totally sure which paper I'll actually subscribe to after my trials are done. The Post and the NYT are close competitors. I was reading the Richmond (VA) paper to read about the blizzard and how it might affect my family back in my old home town, so I doubt I'll keep that one. What will probably happen is I'll schmooze between trials of all sorts of newspapers, and buy an individual NYT on Sundays. I don't think I'll be able to keep up this voracious pace of reading for long.
Once again, Santa was very good to me this year. I now own a Kindle (3G version), and I've spend the past couple of days reading more than I have read since I became a nurse. I first got into reading Kindle books back in July, when I installed the Kindle reader app on my Blackberry and both of my laptops. It was cool being able to read a book from one device to another, and since my Blackberry goes with me everywhere, I always have something to read for those unexpected minutes of downtime. The ebook collection on Amazon is now big enough to include just about every book I would think about reading. I know there are authors and publishers that haven't accepted the technology, but so far the only popular author I can't get via my Kindle are the Harry Potter books. I went to the local Barnes and Noble, and every book that I would want to read was available on Amazon.com as a Kindle book. I looked it up on my Amazon account, and and since July 2010, I've downloaded and read fifteen books. Since I got my Kindle for Christmas, I've finished one book, started another, and have been enjoying trial periods of the New York Times, the Washington Post, a Kindle blog for free books, and just generally exploring my way around on the Kindle. It's cool.