Reading e-books on the Samsung Galaxy Note II

What's the reading experience like on the Samsung Galaxy Note II? I just gave away my iPad 2 to my mom because I think it's too big to lug around for everyday use, but I'd like a large-ish device for reading e-books and articles. I'm most interested in the width of the screen– can you read freely in portrait mode without having to resort to landscape?

Note I users are of course also welcome to chime in!