Most of us probably start by reading them on our computers. But, it's a bit difficult to curl up by the fire with your monitor and keyboard, and a good eMystery novel.
Portable, dedicated-use ebook readers have been around for quite a while. There was a big splash of first generation eBook readers in 2000 by Franklin, Gemstar, Rocket, and a host of others. They were clunky, and there was no good source of content, so they were expensive, mostly usless toys.
The original Kindle changed that. When it was announced, I was enthralled to find that every single title I checked was avaible in Kindle format. I didn't buy a Kindle then, but I'm thinking harder about it now. The reviews have been favorable.
There are other eBook readers out there - the Sony Reader and the upcoming new toy from Hearst that is intended to read periodicals only.
And how about reading on your NetBook (mini laptop)? Why not do that?
My boss attended the CES convention last January, and she was startled to see that, not only CD players were gone like they'd never existed, but MP3 players were disappearing entirely also. Everything was going to the uber media toys like iTouch, iPhone, Zen, and other portable media players. If they have Internet access, can be a phone, and brew you coffee, even better!
And Amazon just announced the Kindle for iPhone app as a free download from Apple, so all the Kindle titles are now available for your iPhone. (And, they can be in color, which is a step up from the grayscale only Kindle. But, you can't get the content as easily.)
What I like about the Kindle is the screen is much bigger than any of these. Amazon makes getting content really simple (and the books I like are CHEAP!) Am I just a dinosaur with weak eyes? What do you think? Will eBook readers disappear entirely in the iPhone/iTouch generation?