I love my e-reader, mainly because it allows me to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in public without being publicly shamed. (And you really shouldn’t judge: it’s a funny book, in an absurd sort of way.) I also love that I can buy a book at 2 a.m., read a PDF in the sunshine and download my library books. But while higher ed seems eager to experiment with other technologies in the classroom – tablets; BlackBerries; even twitter and texting – the e-reader doesn’t seem to come up very often. So I thought I would ask Brenda Smith, TRU’s distance and document delivery librarian and all-around book guru, about why we don’t hear more about e-books in higher ed, and what you should consider if you’re shopping for an e-reader. Here’s what she said.