My husband just gave me a Kindle 2. It's lovely. I had the first version and found it cumbersome in many ways. The second version is much more sleek and easy to hang onto and to change pages. It has a text to speech feature which is, predictably, robotic sounding, but better than nothing. You can also put audible books on there if you want, but I use my iphone for that. I don't take my kindle everywhere, so I can use the "whisper sync" feature to keep my iphone and Kindle in sync so I'm always at the right page. I like the liquid ink better than the backlit screen, so I prefer the kindle as it's easier on the eyes. You can hold more than you can read in a year on a kindle, so space is not an issue.