I wanted an ereader, and a good one, because high tech is important to me. I looked at all of them, in terms of price, value, screen quality, access to various types of books (especially free ones from libraries), etc, and a refurbished Nook came out the winner. Its screen isn't as contrasty as a Kindle 3's, but then, nothing is. Its Wifi worked just great out of the box, and while the packaging clearly isn't for a new product, the Nook itself is just like new. I recommend that when you get yours, immediately update the software as per B&N directions, because it made the touchscreen way more responsive and the page-turn speed negligible. In fact, you should always keep all of your devices' software up-to-date. It's the nice thing to do. In terms of reading experience, it's just as absorbing as a normal book, and a notch easier to hold. Considering that I had a library book downloaded, opened up, and formatted nicely within 30 minutes of signing for the package, you can call me a satisfied customer.