For academic work, possibly! As I left that stuff behind LOOOONG ago that's not an issue for me. I just use it for 'reading stuff' The one I have is referred to as the 'Kindle 3', although that's not it's official name from the manufacturer. It's supposed to be easier to read but I wouldn't know, never having seen the earlier version. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindle#Kindle_3_.28WiFi_and_3G_with_WiFi.2C_Latest_Generation.29 However, if you've already got one I'm not sure I'd go and buy another, later, one.