Are they gonna be sold ? If they are, how much ? Why
sold ? Do you consider they are only instrument of
promotion, or knowledge distribution as well ? Were
the 3000 dollars definitly given to support
WikiReaders, or are they a help to be reinbursed while
the WikiReaders are sold ?
If I read Jimbo's announcement about it correctly, the $3000 is
basically a loan, intended to finance the initial print run, and
Wikimedia will make a certain portion of the profits on each sale to
recover the $3000. In case profits are less than $3000, Jimbo's
personally guaranteed he'll make up any difference, so it's no risk to
the foundation's money (I believe he did this precisely for the reasons
you mentioned, that this isn't something we've yet decided the
foundation should spend its money on).