For awhile now, I've been thinking about getting an eReader. I don't travel all that often, maybe twice a year, but, whenever I do hit the road (or the skies, as the case may be), I tend to bring a lot of books along. Last October, when I flew across the country to spend a week with my little sis in North Carolina, I packed seven books, and it wasn't enough! I had to borrow a couple from her, which could have been a problem, because she buys the books of one author almost exclusively. Good thing I like Stephen King.
Seven books ~ even paperbacks ~ take up a lot of real estate in a suitcase, which I usually stuff to capacity with clothes and shoes, plus lotions and hair product and facial cleansers and the like. (Because you can't buy that kind of stuff in North Carolina or New York City. Right.) And my carryon is always filled with camera and lenses and laptop. Anyway, it occurred to me that an eReader would solve the problem of carrying around so many books, but the question then became: which eReader? So I did an in-depth study of the three main eReaders on the market today, as well as a few that are not so well-known, and distilled the information down to what is important to me.