From: Alien spacecraft
I'm a book lover and always will be, but I'm not particularly saddened about Borders going away. While the main reason for their liquidation is their failure to adapt their business model to accommodate electronic publishing, a not-insignificant part is also their model of trying to be the low-price leader in books. That meant I couldn't find durable, high-quality (physical, not content) non-fiction books. Their World War II selections, for example, were 97-98% soft cover of some sort, and those just don't hold up over time.
I might be more interested in electronic publications when (1) the readers can accommodate, in a user-friendly manner, multiple simultaneous bookmarks for easy jumping back and forth, and (2) the proprietary formats go away. Books can be read by any standard-issue eyeball, but those published specifically for Kindle can't be read on Nook and vice versa. Note to manufcaturers: I don't do "proprietary" anything unless I absolutely have no choice.
The Kindle does a pretty good job in regards notes, highlights and bookmarks. The DX version is large enough to substitute for most Hardcover books and is also big enough for it's QWERTY style keyboard to be used quickly for said note taking. There are still some bugs of course. For some reason, "Shattered Sword"'s conversion for example causes problems when browsing your self made notes.......24 pages of scrolling through them causes the device to freeze and reboot. Amazon had to open a ticket for me on that. Initially we thought it was a fault in the device itself but the problem is specific only to this downloaded book. Interesting.
I'd like to see improvements in parsing through one's notes in future Kindle firmware releases but other than that i've been happy with it. (SS alone had something like 190 pages of "notes and highlights" i'd taken. The ability to scroll/parse through these on seperate "e-pages" cuts down on the need to write as many actual notes vs. highlights as the summary screen makes it pretty clear the reason behind said highlight.
The improved e-Ink screen is a beauty. No glare as with LCD devices like iPad, Nook or Android. Easy on the eyes. I have no need for "color" as i don't do magazines and most war era books have only BW photos anyway. The Kindle displays photos very well. With this device i can focus my "book" collecting on the larger technical references that arn't available in Kindle format anyway.
Biggest problem now is getting the publishers to convert older works into eFormat.