When Barnes & Noble first announced their new eReader, I have to admit that I didn't pay much attention. While I understand their appeal and think it would be a good idea for travel, I'm admittedly not their target audience as I will never give up my physical books. I like the feel and smell and look of books, while I think most electronics are sterile and uninviting. And my bookshelves would be pretty empty with just one little eReader sitting there, all alone.
Yet somehow I was pulled into the nook vs Sony vs Kindle debates. I'm not sure why people are so passionately opposed to the nook, as I think of the three main eReaders out there, it looks like the best one. It's not as bulky or heavy as the other two. Has unique features. Supposed to be the easiest to read. The prices are close enough that it wouldn't be a deciding factor. So why are people up in arms about it?
I've read several complaints about the 14 day lending feature. I think the lending option is pretty cool, and can understand why publishers only want a book lent once as they are concerned about book piracy. To be honest, I'm surprised any publisher agreed to the lending feature! So why are people accusing B&N of lying about it and cancelling their preorders? I'm stumped, as the restrictions were listed on their site, plain as day.
And I've read several complaints about B&N wanting a credit card to unlock the books. While I'm not an expert, I did Google the subject and this seems to be an industry standard. Why all the anger?
I like the looks of the nook and would happily accept one as a gift should anyone want to send me one (email me for my address!), but doubt I would ever buy one. At $259, that's a whole lot of physical books I wouldn't be able to buy! Even if I only downloaded the freebies, it's still too expensive for my tastes.
I love B&N, and think the nook looks pretty cool. Think they were smart to wait before introducing their eReader, so they could see what did and didn't work for Sony and Amazon. And from the hype I've seen so far, the nook is supposed to blow them both out of the water! So could someone please explain to me why so many people seem to be angry at Barnes & Noble about the nook?