I haven't had a lot of experience with netbooks - but I find the laptop form-factor isn't that well suited for reading. I like a landscape format screen with no keyboard in the way to read from.
Do what you can to try the form factor before you buy.
A thief, a warrior, a wizard, two warring prophecies; they all come together in Amadar. Available now on Amazon
; coming soon to Smashwords and others.