You do not need an actual Kindle or nook e-reader to read ebooks.
If you use any of the following devices, you can get FREE apps that let you read ebooks right on them!
As an added bonus, the Kindle apps for the PC and Mac support color.
I'd give you a direct link to the pages where you can download the FREE apps if Amazon and B&N didn't automatically add my account number to the links. But you can find them easily.
Look in my sidebar under either Spoil of War or Extinct, and click on the link for the store you shop at.
When the product page opens, look on the right side of the page to find the links to the apps.
On B&N, the apps are right below the Buy Now/Download Sample section.
Cliff reminded me in the comments to the last post that I was missing a huge opportunity to let folk who may not otherwise know that these apps are available and that they're FREE.
Now, I don't own a reader. I've installed both the Kindle and nook apps on my laptop PC. They were fast and easy to install, and I haven't had any issues so, naturally, that makes me a huge advocate.
However, I have also heard from others of you that your experience hasn't been as positive. One person who tried installing the Kindle app on a Netbook and another on an older laptop ran into performance issues. So my caveat would be to install on a full-size PC or Mac notebook or desktop with a fairly up-to-date operating system and processor. And if you do try installing on less-optimal systems and it doesn't work, you can always remove the apps fairly quickly and easily.
This is also a great way to test out the experience and decide if buying a dedicated reader is in your future.