After further consultation with the missus, it seems she gets primarily DOC files to read, with the occasional PDF. Therefore without support for DOC, it won't fly. Conversion of every DOC file to PDF, plus the need to resize PDF files for comfortable reading, make that a non-starter too. So much for Iliad!
Ebookwise 1150 looked promising, if small, but they don't ship outside the USA and I'm in France.
It's looking more and more like a Hanlin is in her future.
Thank you for your replies!