UPDATE: Apparently Amazon is no longer selling the original Kindle even as a refurb. They are selling the Refurbished Kindle 2 and the Refurbished Kindle DX though, and so far everything I have read says that this is a GREAT deal. Check it out.
I have just found on the Amazon site that they are selling the original Kindle for only $149.99. (see update above)
If you are interested, check it out. It’s “almost” as good as the Kindle2. I have the original, and haven’t felt the need to upgrade, since the only really new features are the ability of the Kindle 2 to read to me (with a computer generated voice) and more esthetically pleasing buttons. In fact, I personally like the ability, with the original Kindle, to add a memory card, thereby having unlimited storage (and I can remove the card–with my books–before I ship it out if I have problems). Also, the original Kindle has a removable/replaceable battery, so you won’t have to send the whole unit off to Amazon if your battery dies.
Anyway–just wanted to share this with you.