I was of the "I really like the feel of a book in my hand" school until my wife bought me a Nook and drug me, screaming and kicking, to within visual distance of the 21st Century. I have to admit, reading a 650 page novel that weighs only a few ounces and doesn't cause cramping in my hand converted me pretty quickly.
Also, being able to have 10 or so books on hand - in something the size of a thin paperback - is a real plus when I have to do an 8-hour suicide watch. Sitting outside the cell of a sedated prisoner for 8 hours watching them sleep makes a variety of reading material at the finger-tips a real plus. One of my co-workers is Active Reserve and just got back from a tour in Afganistan. He expects to go again very soon. He is planning on taking a Kindle or Nook with him since it didn't take him long to read what he could carry the last time and he had no resources available for restocking. I guess the Afgans aren't real big on public librarys.
R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.
I think more people should be looking at the new Nook color. I own an iPad, and I still see the new Nook color as pretty cool. It has the same family of processors as the iPad, and they have an Android OS. They can be rooted to run as a full fledged tablet as well, and has gotten better feedback than the Samsung tablet. And most important the fact that it costs only $250, and its all yours.
BTW, I finally turned in my bb, and got myself an EVO 4g.
I pictured you as that guy Gaylord in Showboat, passing up taxis to walk because he's broke and playing it off as if it's the doctor's advice. - Clmetal
The availability of variety and choice is what makes the free market system so wonderful.
The Nook, Kindle, and iPad are excellent devices...it just depends on user habit and needs so it boils down to a personal decision.
As a strict ereader I think the Kindle is excellent, but the color Nook is a good choice. I actually don't have the need for color as most of my reading is plain text so the eink is great. The Nook is a good sequential ereader but bouncing in tech manuals makes the Kindle and iPad good choices.
Since we already own a Nook classic our choices narrowed down to the Kindle and iPad with the iPad a slight winner as a convergence unit. Unfortunately, we just recently abandoned the nook and iPad for the Mac Book Air. It's a reader, supports flash, we stream video from Chinese websites and we linked it to our iMac and down-shared all its apps. Now the Nook and iPad sit idle as the MBA is the device of choice and there is contention. Good discussion!
Last summer Barnes and Noble began investigating selling itself. A major stockholder, Ronald Burkle didn't like the idea and brought a suit against B&N. He lost a couple of major decisions and started a proxy fight. The B&N board then passed a "poison pill" measure that prevents him from obtaining more than 20% of the stock. He sued on that and lost. I guess that battle is still going on, although I haven't heard anything about it since last fall.
Last thing I heard was that Borders is looking at buying B&N. Since Borders IS in financial trouble and closing stores all over the place, I don't understand the logic of that. Maybe, "Uh, we can't handle our own, so we'll buy somebody who is successful and see if we can put them out of business too".
R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.
It's Sunday, it's snowing, and it's time for breakfast!
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I think I'm done now. Otherwise I'll have to change my handle, as my wife will cut off my Nuts.