First off, the Kindle is the only device I that made my heart drop when it feel on the floor and broke.
Barnes & Noble’s recently announced Nook competitive offering solves a couple issues I have with the Kindle – while also introducing a couple more.
(Note – my thoughts here are based on the pictures @ BN.com – I haven’t played with one yet)
Where the Nook seems to have improved on the Kindle:
- Sleek looking pagination buttons
Where the Kindle still has the lead:
- Doesn’t show me the books I’m not reading (in distracting color) while I’m reading one (in monochrome).
- hardware keyboard
I’m also not seeing the benefit of the Nook’s ‘lending ebooks to a friend’ feature.
Lending books only makes sense if two things are true: a book is expensive, a book is scarce. The function of the internet and ebooks is to render both of these false.