Dammit. Just when I thought it was safe to go in the water, Amazon is about to release the third-generation Kindle. Smaller, lighter, with better screen contrast than the previous generations, this piece of tech and gadget-porn has my attention. Truth be told, I didn’t think too much of the Kindle … until I bought my wife one for Mother’s Day this year. Man, that device has been a hit in this house. Everyone is trying to get a book and be the current reader… claiming the e-ink display as theirs while they knock out a book or two. I’ve been so thoroughly impressed with the device, I’ve been scouring Craigslist for people dumping their Kindle 2’s for cheap (while they replace ’em with iPads). The current average price for a used, second-generation Kindle is around $150 but Amazon will be selling the newer model for $139 (wifi) on August 27. The slightly more expensive version is $189 which includes wifi and 3G connectivity. I don’t care about downloading a book on the bus so the wifi version will be just fine. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love an iPad but I’ll settle for a new-gen Kindle. All I need to do now is sell my golf clubs to generate some coin. You need a Ping driver? I happen to have a couple… real cheap, driven on the course by an old lady going to church on Sunday’s … I swear!