I often encounter self-professed book lovers who are very anti-kindle. Something about the way a book feels in your hands, the way it smells, the way the spine creaks as you open it further and further. I get all of that. I was anti-kindle for those reasons, as well as just in general being anti-(expensive)-stuff. But I usually am left feeling like less of a book lover, or not a true purist when it comes to books by these folks. : )
I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas, and have to say, I am loving it! While I do love to hold a book in my hands, the Kindle Fire does not feel all that different from a book when in a cover. What I love about it is I am reading more than I ever have. It has such wonderful free books that I would never have had access to otherwise. I have a Jane Austen collection on mine that includes all her writings, including the incomplete ones, that I've never even heard of. I'm working me way through it all, having just finished the letters novels, and now beginning her History of England. I have found several out of print books in a free or .99 cent version on Kindle, old books that were published in the 1800's, that I'm really enjoying, several complete sets like Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, and so much more. And there's so much more to find, I've only had it two months!
My Kindle will definitely not replace all books in my life, but it definitely has a place, and provides more variety and access to things for me. All you anti-Kindle/eReader folks, give them a try! :) If you really love the words, more than the paper, that is. : )