Well, thank you so much to everyone who suggested eReaders for me! It was really helpful to see all of the different opinions, especially from people who use eReaders a lot for the same purposes I want to. Since it would be difficult to respond to all 18 of the comments I received from you awesome people, I thought it would just be easier to announce my decision here on the blog.
I’m getting a Kindle Paperwhite. It seems to be the best choice and was the most frequently recommended one in the comments section. It’s also far below my budget of $200 and has great memory capacity for my purposes. I won’t be buying many ebooks from the Kindle store, but it will be so useful to take my reading with me wherever I go rather than being glued to the computer for hours at a time. With the amount I read I doubt it will have the 8 week battery life that they say it does, but that’s not really an issue at this point. What matters is that it’s light, small, has an easy to read screen and it’s the most convenient for my purposes.
When I’m getting the Kindle I’m not really sure, but it will be sometime this year. But let me say thank you so much to everyone who put in a suggestion. It was awesome to hear suggestions from people I trust! I don’t honestly know how I could have done it without you.