If you really are a bookworm, the Kindle is great. If all you want to do is read, the black/white one is less than 100 bucks and you can go on a week long safari, read for hours a day and still not need to charge it. I have the color one which only lasts a few hours, but still nice. I know what you mean about the feel of the books, but after moving 3 bookshelves worth of books, it lost its appeal real quick. I don’t know anything about the Nook, so I can’t help you there.