A month ago I bought a bargain basement netbook from Fry's for $199.
So, having read about the new Kindle for PC program from Amazon, I thought I would try it out.
Wow! Much better to read with (accepting the form factor differences) and viewing illustrations and drawings is now actually acceptable.
If you own a Kindle and you own any kind of PC, my advice is to go out and install this program right now. It is simply wonderful.