engine - 5:13 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I would think that a tablet computer for web browsing/email/reader would be the easiest solution. There's minimal setup and the touch interface is intuitive.
Obviously, without a net connection, the cost of browsing may be higher if using a cellular connection.
A net connection and WiFi is probably the lowest cost options. I guess, a cheaper options is to use a coffee-shop free WiFi.
There are so many tablets on the market these days, with Amazon, Apple, now Microsoft, amongst others, offering products. There are many 'clones' with Android-based OS and these are much cheaper than the brands. I guess you get what you pay for.
If it's someone's first computer, a tablet is a great start.
Oh, btw, printing from a tablet computer can be a pain, so make sure they don't need to print.