Welcome to MobileRead, Julee.
You'll find lots of opinions on different devices in the "Which One Should I Buy" forum. But, I don't know if there's an e-ink reader that will really fit your needs. They're focused on reading with other activities secondary at best. The new Kindle coming out on August 27th will do much of what you want, but it's no iPad.
The Pandigital Novel or one of the new Android tablets might be closer to what you're looking for. I expect to see a lot of inexpensive tablets coming out to compete with the iPad, so you should have a couple of devices to choose from in the next few months.