The recent buzz about Amazon automatically deleting eBooks from people’s Kindle was interesting. For a little bit of contrast here’s the workflow I’ve been using for about 1.5 years now.
Buy a Sony Reader. You can actually transfer PDFs and eBooks back and forth between the Reader and your computer without paying anything; I thought that in this post-DRM era sharing your own data with yourself ought to be normal, or am I dreaming?
Aggregate all the RSS feeds you care about in Google Reader.
Install Calibre (Linux, Mac, Windows).
When you know you’ll be commuting for a while: 1) Open Google Reader in a browser, hit update. 2) Plug in your eBook Reader. 3) Open Calibre and ask it to download all your Google Reader unread items to the Reader. That takes a few minutes. 4) In your Google Reader browser tab, mark everything as read
And voilà, you got all your news, with images and all, in your Sony Reader to make your commute time a bit nicer.