I'm a compulsive reader. If I run out of books, I'll read the toothpaste tube in a pinch. How to reconcile traveling light with lugging a library? One answer could be a Kindle, but I don't want to carry yet another electronic gizmo and charger.
Just found out that Amazon's Kindle software is available (for free) as a PC application. Downloaded it onto my netbook, and it seems to work very well. Special bonus: there are thousands of public domain books available at no charge, in addition to the current (eg, paid) titles. Who knows, I may finally read some classics I was supposed to have read back in high school.
Will still pack a paperback, but this Netbook / Kindle / Public Domain hybrid looks like a life saver. Big thank you to Katie, who turned me on to this solution!