I think I've found the perfect birthday present for me:
No, not a disembodied hand. I'm talking about the thing the hand is holding - the Sony Reader for ebooks.
I love reading, and I like having a book with me, but that means carrying it in my purse, which can get heavy. It also means I have to commit to one book, which is sometimes difficult for me. A couple of years ago, I went through a spell of reading on my Pocket PC. I read three Jane Austen novels and Vanity Fair on a tiny screen, but at least I had a portable library. Eventually, I grew bored of squinting, so I abandoned reading books on my phone and opted instead for weekend trips to the bookstore, where I've since read three or four more books, compliments of Borders.
Now, though, I have the urge again to take my reading with me. It helps that I started a great book over the weekend that I can't wait to read more of (Ian McEwan's Saturday). It also helps that most of McEwan's books are available on Sony's ebook site, Connect, for purchase and download.
So... this device is a perfect pairing of my love of gadgets and reading. I've been researching it all weekend, and am going to go see one in person at the Sony store over lunch. Maybe my birthday will come early this year.