Unfortunately in the UK we don't have the option.Mind you, I won't be buying a Sony reader (or an Iliad) yet. First I want see how they are received and get the chance to see one in action. Then, maybe - I can see that e-readers might be useful under some circumstances, eg when travelling.
I think you're right, Maxine, at least so far. The value for traveling - and commuting - is indisputable: You can take along a library that weighs 10 ounces. It's also useful for getting books you don't want to pay the full price for, probably wouldn't keep, but may want to read at least a bit of.
"This page combines shorter commentaries on actual experience with Amazon's Kindle and links to existing articles on Kindle experiences."
Peter Robins provides an "extended review" of the Sony Reader.