DH bought me an e-reader a week or so ago.
Sounds simple to me.
First, you're at work so I assume you earn money at this job?
Second, you don't want a parent-child relationship.
So take YOUR money that YOU earn, go buy yourself an e-reader on the way home, and let him buy what ever he wants for himself.
However, thank him profusely for buying 'you' an internet enabled ipad LOL
For most people, the ipad is 90% toy and 10% 'real' functionality. I borrowed my sister's for a couple of weeks and found the navigation application useful but I'm not the kind of person that checks his email more than once a day either.
It's more compact and lightweight (for the screen size/resolution) than a lap-top and therefore more convenient in certain applications. For instance, I took my sister's on a plane ride
Yes, more than fair and careful with those hierarchal terms, you know they turn me on LOL