This one was my first e-reader and I still love it. It has a backlight and comes with a great case. It is a little bulkier than my Sony, and it does not read Adobe(but then neither does my Sony really, the liliputian print on the 500 is not solved by the upgrade.)but you can take notes on it, a really handy feature for a student reading a book for class. Alot of the classics are available for free, saving money at the bookstore. The memory is small but easily upgraded. Overall, this is a great value!