Recently, Julie Sartain at PC World considered a few solid reasons why businesses should consider adopting e-readers to replace buying paper books, manuals, and other dead trees. Here's what she contends:
They're the right size. If employees are already trying to read stuff electronically, laptops and netbooks are bulky and clumsy. Phones are too small. Likewise, 800-page reference manuals are equally cumbersome. E-readers are just right.
They're affordable. Not only are the cost of the devices plummeting (both the Kindle and Nook have hit $150), but e-books are around $10 each. Paper versions of textbooks, tech manuals, and reference books are very costly, suggesting that you'll see an ROI after buying just a handful of electronic books.
E-books are cheaper to distribute. Especially for internally produced documentation and literature, it's already cheaper to distribute documents on e-readers than to print, bind, and ship traditional paper.
Updates are easy. When your books and other documents are software, shipping updates and corrections is virtually free -- especially compared to printing and distributing documents on paper.