How I feel about the nook: I love to read using my nook.
The pros: I have had it about 2 months now and I can say that I am reading more now than I did before purchasing the nook. It is light, reliable, and easy to carry around. Purchasing books through the wireless 3G is a snap. Most of the books I purchase and read on it are what I call "give-away books", meaning books I will read once and would not want to keep in my physical library. I also have subscriptions to the L.A. Times, The New Yorker, and Foreign Affairs. The e-ink display is very easy on the eyes. There is an audio player, but I have not used this because I usually have my iPod with me.
The cons: The nook is great for this content, but not so great with the art and other graphics that might accompary an article. Also, Barnes and Noble is fairly limited in regards to magazine content at this time. I would give the device a +5 if there was more magazine content available and if graphics were rendered better (some books have several pictures in them, but the ebook edition leaves them out - more of a problem with the publisher probably than the device).
The bottom-line: Though many people will probably now buy an iPad for their reading, you may want to consider the nook if you are a distractible person like myself. A dedicated ereader like this is probably a better option for me. I just wouldn't do well reading-wise if I could surf the web on the same device I use for reading (but check with me in a year and I will probably have an iPad because I am a tech-nut).
I bought the B&N Nook ebook reader after my dissatisfaction with my previous reader, the Sony PRS-600. I have previously looked at the Amazon Kindle that my sister owns, while it is a very nice reader, I typically shy away from any electronic device that doesn't support industry standard, and in the case of ebook readers, the Amazon Kindle doesn't support the ePub format, so my only other option is the B&N Nook. After using it for more than 6 months, I am … more
I've been very fortunate to have my Barnes and Noble Nook to use for my classes at UCSB. More than half of my required titles were available as ebooks at a drastically discounted rate. Not only that, but I have been able to convert all types of reading files into epub file types that can be read by the Nook. So, I have a lot of class data on the Nook, which is easier to carry around than my laptop. Plus, I can highlight and take notes on it. It has been two years … more
When I went to Barnes and Noble to play with one of these, I planned on purchasing it. But it didn't even work in the store. The samples wouldn't download, half the time the pages wouldn't turn, and the bottom lcd screen seemed off whenever you tried to touch anything. The device looks awesome, but didn't seem to function as promised.
The Barnes & Noble Nook (styled "nook") is an electronic book reader developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The device was announced in the United States on 20 October 2009, and was released 30 November 2009 for US$259. The nook includes Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity, a six inch E Ink display, and a separate, smaller color touchscreen that serves as the primary input device.