I couldn't help it. When the price of the Kindle dropped, I bought. So far I'm halfway through my first book and really like it. For travel it will be perfect. But how to pack it? I experimented with a quilted carrier, one that would hold the cord separate from the Kindle. This is like an envelope with 2 compartments. The one for the Kindle is shorter, and the one for the cord is deeper so that the two don't overlap on one another. John thinks it needs a shoulder strap, but I'm not so sure.