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May 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

New Amazon Kindle

Not giving up library card yet

Since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a local fellow, perhaps he will read this letter. Perhaps even on his own Kindle [“Kindle goes for bigger market,” Business, May 6].

I would like to own a Kindle, too. I read a lot. Mostly fiction, but some nonfiction as well. I read one or two books a week on average.

But I will not buy a Kindle. Why? Not because of the price, although it is quite pricey, in my opinion — but because of the price of a digital book to read on the Kindle.

I rarely read a book more than once. Therefore, I have no interest in possessing a 1,500-book digital library. So, Bezos, when you come out with a digital “library” where I can borrow a best-seller, or a digital “used book store” where I can browse for an unread book, I might be interested in buying a Kindle. Until then, I will not destroy my King County Library card.

— Dick Thompson, Bellevue

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