Congratulations gigem87. I believe you will enjoy your gift to yourself.
My nephew is in the Navy. He is on the ground in Afganastan. He has one and carries it everywhere he goes.
I was going to purchase one for my wife for christmas but the kids said a new one is coming out and it will have color.
I borrowed one for a week and I'm impressed. It's not like looking at a computer screen all day. Its like looking at paper.
Google Amazon Kindle. It will give you the whole run down on that product.
at $489, that's a lot of paperbacks. my issue with paying that price is that in a few months, the DX will be the older model.Waiting on mine to arrive. Got the original Kindle but decided to return it & upgrade to the bigger DX model. The view screen on the DX is bigger then the original so I figured that'd be a little easier on my sorry old eyes!!