I do not own an iPad, but I handled one today. It was pretty and all, but the killer for what I think I want out of an ereader is the battery life. If I need to plug it in every day or two (like I do with my phone) it’s not worth it to me. I don’t think. That said, the idea of toting about enough books for a month long trip in one light little package is appealing. So I’m trying one out.
I got a Sony Reader 500. It’s an e-ink display thing without wireless or colour or any whistling bells. All it does is display text. My eyes aren’t bad yet so the 5″ screen is fine for me. I’ve loaded it up with about a hundred public domain books, some of which I’ve read and some I haven’t. Tomorrow I go off travelling for almost five weeks. I will be very happy if I only have to recharge the thing once, and will still consider it a success if I have to charge it twice. I have no idea what 5 weeks of reading on this thing will be like, but I’ll keep track and report.