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I saw an old friend last night at the coffee shop. We hugged, then chatted some, and then she said she wanted to do some reading. She had gotten a kindle for Christmas.

She sat at the table next to mine. After reading a bit, she offered to let me look at her kindle and play with it some while she went and got a refill. She told me not to worry about losing her place because that would be remembered for her.

I messed around with the navigation buttons, which was pretty boring. The screen was as pleasant to read from as I'd heard it was...it really did look like text on paper. There was a keyboard, but I didn't want to do anything with that. She said I couldn't mess things up, but I wasn't one hundred percent sure. I'm guessing it has lots of nifty features I didn't explore.

Later on, it occured to me that I had never seen my friend reading for pleasure before. I've seen her studying in the coffee shop, but that's obligatory. It's hard not to assume that it was because she had a kindle. I'm still not sure I'm going to get one anytime soon, but I should definitely revise my view of the negative impact of recent technology.