So, I have been using a variety of e-readers lately and thought I'd share some thoughts. I use these things as readers, not spare computers. Barnes and Noble Touch Screen Nook: Simply the best reading experience there is. Contrast is terrific, page turns are snappy with little flash and virtually no distraction. This has become my main reader. The size is perfect, the weight completely negligible and the overall experience absolutely top-notch. Compared to the Kindle 3, I love the form factor (nothing but screen and bezel) and the fact that I can easily reverse the buttons form forward to back. The wi-fi has issues connecting to networks that require a log-in (at least the ones I have tried) requiring time and a few attempts before connecting. But this is an ereader (hidden web browser notwithstanding) and wi-fi is a decidedly intermittent need. Highlighting is simple, and note-taking is nice as well, the on-screen keyboard is surprisingly responsive and usable. I am a big fan of a separate notebook for my notes, though, so this is less important to me. If you are a big note-taker you might prefer the Kindle. Kindle 3 For my usage, this is a close second to the Nook. I do not like the hardware keyboard, it always gives me its existence was one of the things that pushed me to the original Nook over the Kindle. Note taking is easier than the nook touch, but highlighting is harder. The reading experience is otherwise nearly identical to the Nook. Nook Color My Nook Color is the best color reader I have had. Though it has been relegated to magazines and occasional use in the face of the new Nook, there is something really nice about this little machine. I think of it currently as a marriage saver. When I am reading in bed, while my wife is trying to sleep the Nook color keeps the lights off and my wife no longer threatens to kill or divorce me . The Nook Color handles magazines beautifully and has a great screen with a wide range of brightness levels. I have never found myself unable to see the screen due to sunlight, but I don't sit at the beach reading much. Flitered sunlight through the tree supporting my hammock has never been a problem. My complaint about the NC is the glossiness of the screen. On a true tablet, I understand the desire to be flashy, but an e-reader should have a more matte finish. B & N does sell an excellent matte protector that addressed this. I don't find that I use the browser or apps on the Nook Color much. I might read email, but even that proved more distracting from reading than beneficial. For a while, I had my NC hacked and rooted, but found i wasn't using it for it's tablet-ness much, so I returned to stock. Nook Color vs E-Ink? I'd lean toward e-ink with a clip light. but I'd miss my National Geographic. Ipad & Ipad 2 I never enjoyed on an Ipad: Ibooks, Nook, or Kindle. It isn't awful, by any stretch, but having used the others, I just never liked the experience. I never found the weight an issue, and certainly found them completely livable in a pinch, but every other e-reading experience I've had has been better. The brightness of the screen, or the matte protector has never delivered the experience I wanted. If carrying a single device were of paramount importance. A tablet would almost certainly be a fine plan. I do not need a converged device and the compromises made in the reading experience on tablets have left tablets (currently Touchpad) as my backup. Touchpad IPad redux. Certainly workable, but not what I am looking for. Also, there is no Nook app, only Kindle, so my options are that much more limited on the Touchpad. Phones (Epic 4g and Nexus S 4g) Ultimately a back-up, but they have proven good enough to wait out a storm between golf holes. The Nexus S is more pleasant, the thickness of the Epic and the brightness of the screen makes for a more difficult experience. So, just some thoughts I thought I'd share.