I know of a few colleagues who have asked me about eReaders, both for personal use and for the classroom.
For a comparison, this site has a good breakdown of what each of the major eReaders has as features, and while I might not agree with their final verdicts on performance, it is a nice place to start.
I bought a Sony a couple of years ago and love it. The length of its battery life is fantastic, it is simple and easy to use and has always been reliable. I know some friends who have had the same experience with other brands, including Kindle and Nook.
Our school did purchase several low quality eReaders for each of our Secondary English and French, as well as the Elementary Cycle 3 classes. We found that the students initially showed great interest, but it quickly dwindled, and a year or so later, they are not being used very often. I think part of that is that we don’t allow the students to take them home. We set up a file server so students could easily access the books, but that was an ordeal in itself and still some students are not comfortable or need reminders on how to use it. So it can be intimidating too. I can’t say it has been very successful for our school.
The arguments for their use is obvious, extending your classroom libraries, especially for us who are so isolated and struggle getting access to English reading materials. It can save space and allow for multiple copies so newly released books are easily accessible for all students, and of course to interest though hard to reach students.
Anyway, I’d be curious to hear some feedback from others, so please feel free to comment and let us all know about your experiences.