Environmentalists sometimes complain that we use too much paper. Of course, most of us know that this doesn't matter, since paper grows on trees. But for those who still think paper is bad, there is Amazon kindle.
Take a look at the video here.
Now I don't own one of these, but I have something similar - an Iliad which uses the same screen technology. Amazon talks about it being as easy to read as paper. It really is - it is quite different from an LCD screen. The update speed is very slow - about 3/4 of a second. But it is less than the time it takes me to turn a page. Also you can change the font size easily which is great.
I do most of my blog and web reading on my little Nokia E90, just because of the convenience of being able to do this anyway. And the kindle includes a cellphone modem too - I thought it was WiFi but it is not. The problem with WiFi is that it doesn't work everywhere.
Sadly I doubt that the kindle would work fully in New Zealand. I imagine Vodafone's network would support it but I haven't heard of any deal being done there.
The problem with the Iliad is the need to sync, which is a pain. At least it doesn't need to sync to a PC like some products. But it still requires a manual operation. And at the point you pick up the device, you want to read, not sync. From the video it seems that Kindle is 'sync free' in that is automatically gets your content (newspapers, blogs) etc. all the time and you don't need to ask it to.
It will be interesting to see how this technology develops.
(BTW Sony also do one with the same technology)