For those interested, ebay currently has this model located in Canada with free shipping to Cdn destinations for approx. $406 CAD. Link Here
Anyway, it wasn't my intent to make this thread into "find the best deal" but it's an alternative to a dedicated ebook reader device that is multi-functional and able to read pdfs without issues.
I know talking about pdfs appears to be taboo but the reality is that a lot of documentation is currently available only in pdf format so having a decent screen size to read it without a lot of conversion fuss is good.
I must admit to "kinda" holding out on what Apple *may* have in store for a tablet device. With any luck, we may hear of something next month (June). However, I'm fully expecting that such a device will be circa $1K compared to this device which can be had for approximately half the cost and still satisfy my needs.