I'm new here but have been reading the boards on and off for awhile. I really want a Kindle but right now, its too expensive and since its on backorder for ages, there's no incentive for amazon to lower the price. Also, I keep reading various things that amazon will put out a new version of Kindle sometime in 2009. I DESPERATELY want one BUT....I'm waiting for version 2 to see what will change. To be honest, the current model is lacking something I want.....the ability to add my own word, pdf or .rtf documents without having to send them to amazon to be converted. Am I missing something here or does the present version allow you to load your own documents without having to send them for conversion? I also read that the price will come down. Anybody else heard that one?