I should have a Sony Reader PRS-T1 soon. Clearing off her desk at work, R. found an American Express Rewards catalog . We had more than enough Rewards points to order one, and it won't cost me a penny.
Why the Sony? From what I have read, it's supposed to handle PDF's better than the other e-readers, and alone among the non-tablet, e-ink display, wi-fi e-readers, it has a fully-functioning browser, which should allow me to "accept" the Internet policy screen at the library and get wireless access.
It has a "touch" interface, which lets you "swipe" the screen to turn a page, and "pinch" to change the "font", (type face), size. I'm afraid this goes against the grain for me, continually smudging the screen with my fingers. I think you can do these things with the buttons as well.
The wireless access is not very important to me. I do not have a wireless network at home, and I'm not a business traveler who needs hot spots in hotels and airports. In fact, before R. found the Rewards catalog, I was looking at the non-wireless, and very cheap, Slick 50 e-reader, which is sold by Sears. I even went to the local Sears store to see if they had one to look at, but they didn't.
It is not a touch device, and it has a larger, 7 inch, display than the other e-readers. But because it can play video it has a back-lit screen, like the new Kindle Fire and the Nook Color.
I don't watch movies and listen to music alone. I mostly watch television or listen to the radio with R., as a shared activity. Reading is what I do alone, and I really wanted to try the e-ink display, though it seems to be losing ground with Amazon and Barnes & Noble chasing after the iPad with their latest offerings.
At any rate, I should soon have the Sony, and begin to get some actual experience with an e-reader. I have gone about as far as I can go just reading about them.