So I recently finished my first book (700+ pages) on the nook. Lessig’s Remix was the obvious selection for my first ebook. I dedicated about a week and a half in reading this book. On the whole, I definitely liked my experience in reading using the nook. Before a more thorough review, would I read another book? Yes! And I recently purchased my second, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, A Concordance.
Overall, I cannot complain about the nook. For me, it works. I can hook it up to my Windows 7 laptop (Dell Vostro 1320), or my Ubuntu machines at home. I did not try to put music on it, but will in a few days before my flight to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Marathon. The buttons work well, the screen is quite visible (I love the eInk!), and the menus work well. With it having 3G or 4G from AT&T (at no extra cost, ahem, Apple, ahem), I can download books from home or the office, I can see daily content, and just cruise the Barnes and Nobles online catalogue.
I have not yet gone to a B&N with my nook. Apparently you can read any title there using their wi-fi. Definitely something I would like to do if I get the chance. With that being said though, you can download any of the public domain ‘classics.’ Also the nook will display .pdf files. This may be one of the areas lagging, though. Some .pdfs work well, some freeze the entire nook. Maybe with a software update or two this will resolve itself.
So overall, for an eReader, I could not experience more happiness. I do not want to run apps. I do not want to surf the web. I just want a good sized, not clunk, experience. Kudos to B&N and their team for the nook!