Okay, I have my device! I went through the start up wizard and set everything up (except for my Google account). I am downloading the latest firmware right now.
Should I not connect this with my Google account. I think I remember hearing somewhere that Google eBooks no longer works.
Any other sage words of advice?
Oh and I went ahead and bought a regular SD card. I have an adapter, but in my experience, using it with my Sony Reader PRS-950 caused it to freeze and I had to do a hard reset (how do I do that on the Story HD?).
Again, thanks for your help.