I’ve stopped using my Kindle. Sure, there were some convenient features that I’ll miss. For example, I enjoyed not carrying around three books on vacation and downloading books was a bit addictive. However, there were a few things that drove me crazy. Despite an impressive battery life, there were times when my uncharged Kindle stopped me from reading. Also, Amazon can modify the book you are reading, which really bothers me. It almost happened to me while reading Neal Stephenson’s Reamde.
The lending system on DRM’d Kindle books is also broken. Considering that the median amount of books read by American readers was only six in 2012, I doubt most people are finishing a book in two weeks. In this sense, I agree with the Free Software Foundation’s Amazon Swindle campaign. Generally, it’s in your best interest to buy DRM-free books if you do like eBooks. Even better is to buy your eBook as part of a Humble eBook Bundle and name your own price!
But the biggest reason I stopped using my Kindle is that the book is a much better designed piece of technology. You can actually feel your progress in the book. With computer science books especially, I can hold the book and flip through it to get a sense of whether it’s a fat, big book with loads of pictures and not much technical meat or a thin book that is packed with details (but honestly, could benefit from a diagram or two). None of that with eBooks. Not surprisingly, Bret Victor favors the design of the good old-fashioned book as well.