Originally Posted by hrickh
$179 for the ereader? Too much.
Um-- those are $79, not $179. I was at CVS a couple of weeks ago, buying some highly overpriced DVD-Rs during a back-up emergency, and they were on the top shelf on the wall behind the register. I asked the clerk if it was some type of MP3 player (he said that it was) and the price, he scanned it, it came up as $79. I thought it was just a cheap Ipod Touch clone, and assumed that it could be hacked to read ebooks, but he didn't offer to let me read the box, and I didn't ask, because even $79 was more than I was willing to pay for a backlit LCD device. Maybe they were mispriced, maybe they were on sale, but there was no chance I misread the display-- the manager was standing beside the cashier and he guessed $59 before it scanned.
Edit-- looking at the packaging, I don't know if I would have missed seeing it say "book" on the box and showing icons of book covers on the screen, even though I was never closer than several feet from it (I was walking out the door when I noticed them behind the counter and asked about it.) It is possible, I suppose, but at the time I thought that the images on the screen on the device on the box (in the hole in the bottom of the sea) were like Ipod/Iphone/Ipad icons. So I'm not sure about the $79 price. Maybe I saw the reader, and maybe I saw what really was an Ipod clone that looked just about the same on the packaging.