No it will not bring up Card Reader as a boot option.
Although I did happen to have an external USB card reader I was using
for other things - put my SD card into card reader, plugged in,
rebooted, looked at boot menu, had Ǵeneric SD Card Reader'or similar as
an option, so chose it, and booted... slowly.
Took ~ 2 mins to get to desktop.
kubuntu-11.04-desktop-amd64.iso was what i had on the card, used
unetbootin to put it there (get iso first, install unetbootin on working
pc, chnage to _ROOT_ user (unetbootin requires this), plugin usb/sd
card, fire up unetbootin, and follow instructions.
Notes for HP Mini 110 Users installing Ubuntu/Kubuntu:
After I updated the software (first time after install) using package
management, I couldn´t boot, it stopped at loading HDD drivers, wireless
Tried usb puppy linux, booted ok, no wireless/bluetooth able to be
loaded/wireless light always amber (white when on).
Gave up, and must have not turned netbook off properly.
Came back, saw that battery was dead flat, put charger on, fired up
puppy, wireless lights came up ok, could scan for and see wireless
networks, rebooted into hdd kubuntu, all back and running fine again.
Lesson: Either remove battery for few minutes (have not tried this
option) to reset wireless on/off if it packs up, or let it go completely
flat and power off by itself+.
Can your new notebook boot from flash memory?