As glued to the net as we all are, there's vast quantities of content that is not available online.
A cheap casioppeia allows me to read ebooks around 2001.
Ebook readers have extremely high contrast/readability and are extremely energy-efficient, being able to display several thousand pages of material without needing to recharge. eBooks are a narrow product, but they have their own ways in which PMPs cannot compete.
Typically ebook readers are larger than PMP's with larger screens. If you're going to read for a few hours, then the screen of a typical PMP becomes pretty eye-straining (due to size, contrast, and brightness).
A revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, newspapers, magazines and blogs to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.