I ordered a pen tablet yesterday and it arrived today. Yippee. One more skill to acquire but it could help with the covers.
I made a lot of Photoshop progress in the last few days--clipping masks, the turning photos into paintings thing and then the foggy window thing which may not have utility right now but it could in the future. Do covers really make that big a difference? I don't know. Joe Konrath says yes.
I heard that a company in India is going to release a reader costing under $50 by the end of the year. That would substantially change the landscape. It's probably something you can give a child and not care too much if they leave it on the schoolbus, no bells and whistles. Disposable almost.