Don’t want to spring for the iPad?  Barnes & Nobles Nook E-Book reader is now shipping and the timing could not be more perfect.  Amazon is having numerous issues with publishers not happy with the inability to set their own prices and the iPad is not due out for at least 50 more days or so.  The E-Book reader is is now available for $259 with free shipping from their website.  You should be able to pick one up in a day or two at your local B&N store as well.  Barnes & Nobles also have an availability checker on their site now that can point you to your local store to demo and pick up your very own Nook.

[Barnes & Nobles]