I suppose I'm late to this party, but I'm thinking of jumping into the e-Reader pot finally and I'm looking for input from those with experience with them. I gather that the main players are Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook). What I'm looking for is a basic reader that just handles books, not a tablet, and not a reader that browses the internet, plays movies or music, has flashing strobe lights or makes sandwiches. I'm guessing that the brand with the most longevity will be Amazon/Kindle, as brick and mortar book stores are in a precarious state and Amazon will eventually own and run the world anyway. So that's making me think Kindle. I understand that a new basic model will be released in October that features things like a touchscreen for turning pages (instead of buttons) and has a pretty large hard drive. Price point is $79 with ads (Seriously? Yay.) and $99 without. (I love buying ads - it makes me feel like I'm doing my part.) Some things I'm curious about: Are readers intrusive to privacy? I'm not paranoid but I'm also just not principally crazy about the notion of Amazon huddling over the news that I've read 50 Shades twice, or that I'm a terrorist risk because I downloaded two Tom Clancy novels. Do they pay close attention to your purchases? I take it all your stuff is stored in the cloud for easy retrieval (and likewise easy monitoring). Is this technology here to stay, or will I be forced to upgrade to some other format, either practically or literally, in 2019? I don't really want to re-buy books any more than I want to re-buy movies on blue ray or that sort of thing. An example of this 'monitoring' culture I dislike is Amazon's video service. I downloaded and watched some random episode of some random show from them several years ago and forgot about it, then bought another random episode of a random show recently and was a bit surprised to see my old show in my 'library' with data about when I last watched it and crap like that. Again, I'm not paranoid and I don't think they're actually up to anything nefarious but I just wonder what business it is of theirs and why they even care, and I wish that our association could begin and end with the purchase, just like if I bought a rock of crack cocaine from them with cash on the street corner. On the practical side, I know the data is used to pitch other "shows you might like" to you. I suppose some measure of that is unavoidable in this day and age, but it still bothers me on a fundamental level and makes me not want to play ball. But I also like the practicality of having a book collection on a hard drive. I'm not one of those people who needs an actual room full of books. (I guess I'll be screwed when the zombie apocalypse comes.) Anybody got any input/advice?