I travel a lot, and always had 1 or 2 books with me to pass the time on the plane. On my last flight I read my first eBook. I'm hooked! I have never had a Kindle or equivalent, so can't comment on the comparison, but the iPad is just great on a plane. Weight is not a problem as I prop it on the table. Glossy screen seems fine too. Of course when I get bored I can play pinball too. . .