As an information junkie I was always interested in the magic of (Internet) information.
My first ebook reader was an Irex Iliad in 2006 for a buck load of money. I think it was around 600 Euro. My friends thought I was crazy (spoiler alert: the same guys bought iPhones later ^^).
I did and do own a lot of paper based books. After I had to move I had backpain from all the "paper kicking".
The idea to have the 'world's information' on a small readable device is still very appealing to me. It will bring the dream of free (or at least cheap) information to everyone who seeks it.