I'm the same way, PWS - I got a padded cover for it that folds back. It protects it in my purse and makes it easier to hold. You can hold it and turn pages (forward and back) with one hand. I'm on my second "paid for" book - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" that I started out listening to on CDs in my car. Since it's been out a while, it was only $7. I bookmarked the page that explains who all the family members are in the case, and it's been nice going back to it the couple of times I've gotten confused.
I've been going to school to put up my bulletin board and showing it to anyone else who's there to get a head start. I've added "Dracula" and "Jane Eyre" to my library (free) while demonstrating it to people. Everyone has been suitably impressed.