Last month I bought a Nook Color, the new e-reader
(“Reader’s Tablet”) from Barnes & Noble, and I'm loving it!The CNET review of the Nook Color
says, “Barnes & Noble is keeping the focus and apps and content related to the reading experience... Yawn.” I'm a reader, not a tech geek, so “the reading experience” is NOT a yawn for me, and neither is the Nook Color.
I don't think the Nook Color will be “a Kindle/iPad killer,” as one review suggests
. There's definitely a market for all 3 products. My friends and loved ones who have Kindles (including my Mom) love their Kindles.
I went with the Nook Color because, unlike the Kindle and the regular Nook, it has a touch-screen
, and because it features color, not just e-ink. Two free children's books come with the Nook Color, so Barnes & Noble can show off its color features. Also, after the first of the year, the Nook Color will upgrade its operating system to Android 2.2, to be Flash-compatible, so I'll be able to use it to surf websites that use Flash.
The Nook Color lets you organize your e-books on “shelves” on your virtual bookcase. So I have one shelf labeled Bible/Prayer (which includes the English Standard Version
of the Bible, a free download
from Nook Books) as well as Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
, the new book from Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro (I'm using it now for my daily prayer, so I decided to have the e-version as well as the physical book). I also have shelves for Books by Friends, Classics/Poetry (many of the Barnes & Noble Classics are only $1.99), Existentialism, and Zombies.
I also like the built-in Pandora radio app (mine is tuned to the Grateful Dead station) and the way magazines are displayed. Color photos seem more crisp, clear, and vibrant on the Nook Color than they do in print magazines, especially the photos in National Geographic. You can read magazines in portrait (one-page) or panoramic (two-page) view, and you can double-tap the screen to zoom in on a page. You can also read articles in “article view,” as a single column of text, if you don't want to be bothered by magazine ads. I've subscribed to several magazines
electronically (New York Times Book Review, National Geographic, Men's Health, The American Scholar
), and I can read them on my Nook Color without having to worry about the print magazines piling up and having to recycle them later. (Same thing with paperback novels I won't be re-reading.) When my print subscription to Vanity Fair runs out, I'll subscribe to it via Nook.
The only drawback is that some of the books offered by Kindle are not offered by Nook (like The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
by my friend Carl McColman
) - but I've also discovered a few books from Nook that are not offered by Kindle.
The Nook Color is an e-reader, a “Reader’s Tablet” focused on the reading experience. It does more than a Kindle but less than an iPad - and it only costs half what an iPad would cost.