We seek to be rationally minimal and to be good stewards of the world God has given us. For this reason, the Kindle makes a whole lot of sense!
I have talked to/read blogs from people who resist the kindle saying that there is nothing quite like holding a book in your hands while reading. To be honest, I used to be one of those people!
However, I am an avid reader. Our bookshelves were filling quickly. And, my book wishlist was continuing to grow. The potential for our book collection to grow into some sort of unreasonably large collection was very real. So, I gave in and purchased a Kindle.
And, I love it!
I cleaned out my book collection, donating all of those that I did not see reading again. For those that I believed I would read many more times, I purchased electronic versions using gift cards earned through our insurance company and swagbucks. Then I donated my paper versions of those books as well. The books that I currently have on my bookshelf are: homestead reference books, books not available on kindle, and children's books (because I still believe that children need to see and hold real books - it's part of the learning to read process).
I love that I can haul my whole book collection around the house and out into public with a very small and lightweight item. I am known to read as many as 10 books at one time, and I can have them all available to me wherever I am as long as I have my Kindle with me.
I also love that many books are less expensive in their electronic form than in print. Within a few months of purchasing the Kindle, the savings in cost of books had made up for the cost of the Kindle. That's not even including all of the free classic literature as well as the various freebies offered daily.
It was something I never thought I would do - but I believe buying a Kindle has been a great decision both for our minimalistic tendencies, the simplicity of traveling with books, and financial savings!