Interesting discussion here of the fact Amazon is temporarily out of the Kindle, now they've dropped the price to $189.
Having helped an older relative with her Kindle, but not having one myself, I wonder about this factor. I assume the elderly, like me, are slower than the rest of the world to adopt fancy cellphones and stuff like the IPad or the Kindle. But simply looking at me, I'm more likely to spring for a Kindle than an IPhone or IPad. I don't know if that's broadly true. My logic is that the multipurpose jobbie is a bit overwhelming in its possibilities. I could cope with learning the Kindle, but not all the stuff that a smart phone or tablet can handle.