But the iPad3 should be out in a couple of weeks. I admit it's tempting but I'm not sure what it would be like to read an entire book on one. Still, some people love reading on them. The rumors about the coming version sound great. Allegedly, it will have double the screen resolution of the iPad2. That would be amazing and it would provide the perfect escape when the power goes out. If it's charged and you've got a movie or two to watch, you're set. Who knows? They might be fun to read on, too. But I'll need to be convinced. It seems Apple is going to announce the new iPad in the first week of March.
My favorite reader is the Sony Reader. That's my model you see up there. I bought three of them a few years ago and they're dependable workhorses. Yes, it's true they're one-trick ponies but if reading is what you want to do, they've got you covered. (By the way, it tries to tie you in to their bookstore, using lousy software, no less. The solution is to ignore their software entirely and download Calibre. It will do everything you need. Just buy epub versions of books or download free epubs of older books, and then load them into your Reader with Calibre.)
Of course, you can always get a Kindle. The simpler versions with the e-ink technology are as good as my trusty Sony Reader. (I wouldn't get the Fire if my main purpose was to read. Again, e-ink is the way to go. And you won't get e-ink with an iPad.)
But whatever your choice, get the damn thing ready to go. It won't be long now (and dog knows you've had enough time to work on this). You know you want to read Xmas Carol the day it comes out. C'mon, admit it. So get that ereader ready!