Originally Posted by Miss I.
bumping this because i am thinking of upgrading from my very basic kindle now for when I travel. I'd do the kindle fire but it apparently doesn't work internationally yet. Any suggestions?
I would suggest looking at the B&N Nook line, their simple touch reader is, IMHO, the best e-reader available. This suggestion of course, sucks, if you have a lot of kindle format books which the Nook can't use unless you convert everything manually using 3rd party software (and you won't be able to convert anything that has DRM which is almost everything). You can strip the DRM with various software, but then you are breaking the DCMA (though IMHO you're not doing anything wrong unless you actually violate the copyright of the books).
The Nook Color/Table and the Fire (both are essentially the same thing with a different book store backing them) are cool toys, but aren't good readers. I have a Noon Color and the backlit display is great.. for everything but reading. I like to read at night and out and about -- and in both circumstances the experience sucks with a backlit display (both because they are a lot heavier and because backlit displays are unreadable in sunlight and eye damaging in the dark).
These days my Nook color is kept in the living room as a pure tablet, and I have a Nook Simple Touch for actual reading.