husband just got a kindle. He has been saving up swagbucks to get amazon gift cards (approx 450 swagbucks for a $5 amazon gc) to get one. I have enough to pay for about 1/3 of one and if I spend much time each week I can get $5 every week or ten days, so was thinking about it. I think ebooks are great, but I have noticed that some of the prices seem just NUTS. For my birthday in Sept husband and the kids got the latest JD Robb Eve Dallas book, New York to Dallas, for me. The kindle price was $14.99. most of the books I look at are more expensive in ebook format than in new format. Is this the latest trend? The ebook price was more than the price at either of the two stores in my town that sold the book in the first month. While there are new book discounts the first month, they usually are not cheaper than the amazon price. Is this a way for the publishers to gouge for more money? Part of me thinks that with free prime shipping from either amazon mom or amazon student (husband qualifies for student right now, so we would get 1 yr for free and 4 yrs for half price as soon as amazon mom is expired), I might just continue to buy used books and skip the ereader. I can always put them on an sd card in my phone. Not a big screen but enough that it would give me something to read in line or a dr office. Or is my perception of the pricing of ebooks just out of line? I know there are a lot of free/cheap ones, but the main reason I want an ereader is to load new books. please let me know if I am off base on this. I am a super tightwad about so many things that sometimes I get carried away and end up cutting of my nose to spite my face. I just don't want to invest in another piece of tech if it is just going to be something I can't afford to put books on. thanks!