Besides audio/music, I love to read, so I was wondering what you think about E-readers like the sony prs-505/500....:
wouldnt it be cheaper to get a basic PDA,
acer makes a PDA thats around 250 euros and has wifi and bluetooth, use it as a text reader, you also have something to check your mail, browse the net,
|or get a 8gb touch, with apple releasing the SDK, i suppose that a text and PDF reader is not far behind,|
There actually is already a PDF reader on the iTouch. You can access it through files downloaded to the Touch via binary bookmarks, on the iPhone via email attachments, or if you're online, by just navigating to a PDF URL. Pages rotate with the device, so you get a decent width if you hold it in landscape view. Using your fingers to scroll is pretty natural. The display is 163 ppi, which is slightly less than the Sony device, but it does subpixel text rendering, which the greyscale Sony e-ink device cannot do, so they're probably roughly equivalent in terms of text quality in indoor light. And you get an iPod as part of the bundle.
Here's an easy app for putting documents on your iPhone/iTouch:
and here are some photos of how the PDF reader looks:
The first photo is poorly shot, but you get the idea.
Note that this also works for Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, text files, and RTF files. No conversion needed.
Once the SDK arrives, I imagine someone will develop an app that allows annotations as well. It wouldn't be hard to do, given that the PDF rendering (Quartz) libraries are already on the device.