I am as much of an Apple Fan as the next person. I stood inline for six hours for my last iphone. But I don't have an iPad. And I have the original Amazon Kindle. Every time I pick up my Kindle and start reading, all doubts fade away. The device is easy to hold. The print is crisply readable. The book selections are great. Although thanks for Apple, the book prices have increased. I just want a cheaper Kindle (so I don't have to baby it as much), cheaper books, and a way to share books. The only real issue is that books has to be formatted correctly when there are diagrams.
We do not need a colored Kindle. We do not need a touch screen.