Although the OP didn't mention it, now that the topic of e-books has been raised, here are some thoughts about using an e-book reader for sutta practice, especially for a beginner
...http://readingfaithfully.org/2011/10/24 ... -nook-etc/
Personally, after having used a Kindle extensively over the last year I would not
recommend a beginner
use a Kindle for reading the MN and probably not the DN or SN either. It's nearly impossible to get to the missing parts when the text is elided. And if you have to scan back to figure out what is going on it is very difficult. But for a text like the Dhammapada or an anthology it would probably be ok. And although the digital version has some advantages for study, such as searching, the paper version is just so much easier to navigate. (No indexes in the Kindle Wisdom editions) So the paper copies will always be necessary for study.
In fact, the poor navigation in an e-book is actually an advantage in some ways because you don't get distracted like you would on Access to Insight.
One exception for recommending the e-book versions of the Nikayas for beginners
would be if English is not your first language. The dictionary look up is extremely helpful.
But for someone who is already familiar with the texts, actually reading on an e-ink reader is great. If you are just reading one sutta after another there is no problem.