A Plague of Butterflies
A kindle trumps a physical book 99 times out of 100, and it isn't even close. Hey, I love the smell, feel, etc of real books too. I sometimes buy used copies to put on bookshelves after I have read them on my kindle. But the tactile experience of a physical book does not outweigh the convenience of an electronic one. The dude up there with the Infinite Jest avatar - how amazing would it have been to read that book on a kindle? I would have killed for that. The thing's like a thousand pages long with microscopic font with all the endnotes you constantly have to flip to the back for, filled with words like "samizdat".
Reading a book on an ipad is not the same thing as reading one on a kindle. It's terrible and no one should do it. But there is no difference between looking at a kindle screen and looking at a paperback page.
I like reading more than I like books, so a kindle is an absolute no-brainer.