Strictly for reading text, I prefer the non-backlit Paperwhite version, and I have one of those. However, photos, diagrams and illustrations don't show up well in the Paperwhite version so, for those types of books, the backlit Kindle Fire is superior. With a backlit screen, it's a little like reading something on a computer, whereas the paperwhite technology is more like reading text on paper. Neither are particularly annoying, however. If I could have only one, I guess I'd choose the Kindle Fire.