Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 133reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gngwlf Worth Every Penny I chose this instead of the Kindle for the following reasons:1. micro-SD chip expandable memory2. lending feature3. I can replace the battery myself4. LCD touch screen at bottom with e-ink for reader is best combination for serious readers as you don't sacrifice much battery life for a little touch, and the touch keyboard is quite easy to use and responsive - it takes the barest touch to advance the page5. e-pub file format for books6. page turn buttons (if you don't want to use the touch screen) seem more naturally placed, and you use these buttons a lotI chose an e-reader for the following reasons:1. large books are no longer cumbersome to carry or read in bed2. changing the font size at the touch of a screen3. NYT bestseller e-list starting in the new year, so I am pretty sure any delays in new releases will disappear as well4. I like gadgets :)I honestly have bought more books since getting the e-reader. When I finish a book, I get another right away. As I live in a rural area, it is much easier to shop this way than to drive almost an hour and a half to get to a decent bookstore. 11/18/2010
Rated 5 out of 5 Does What It's Meant to Do - Read Books What people really need to know is that you need a computer/internet access so you can create a B&N account. You WILL have to provide a credit card/billing information. This is only used if/when you decide to PURCHASE an eBook. Don't let the poor reviews fool you - registration is a snap, you just need to READ the instructions! The big selling point for me is that I can download books from the library and it's compact and can go with me everywhere. I didn't think it necessary to get the 3G version because I have wi-fi at home. When I thought about how often I'd be downloading books and where I'd be when doing so, I realized it'd be when I was home, so why pay the extra $ to have 3G access? It's ridiculous to gripe about no apps, not enough games, etc. If that's what you want, use your computer or buy a tablet. An eReader is meant to read books and with that in mind, the NOOK is very successful. The pages take just a quick second to turn, with slight "ghosting" or flashing of the text, but it's no more than the time it takes to bat an eyelash or turn a page in a normal book. As with anything new, it takes a little time to navigate the different menus, but they are self-explanatory. When you think of how many books you can download in one compact space (at the eBook price, versus hardback), you can't pass this deal up. You'll have bought roughly 5 new release hard cover books for what you're paying for the NOOK, but you're getting so much more in the long run! 06/14/2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by quiverof8 Exceeds my expectations I am an avid reader, several books a week. I was not sure how I would like an e reader. I liked it so much 2 of my daughters have now purchased their own! So we now own 3 and may purcahse another :) You can buy books from Barnes and Noble (using wireless), christian book, kobo, and even Sony(using usb cord). PLUS you can borrow FREE books from your local library . You can NOT borrow with the kindle or shop anywhere but amazon with the kindle. NOTE you also can NOT shop at amazon the the nook. here is a hint BN doesn't tell you, use the SAME email account for up to 6 nooks in your house. You can then read and share without using the borrow feature. 03/12/2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by ilovewally So convenient to use After getting through the start-up process with the help of Barnes & Noble tech support (which was great) I find the Nook to be so convenient to use and am amazed at how easy it is to download new books, etc. I did purchase the 3G wifi because it can be used anywhere. I have taken it with me everywhere and have never had a problem using it. I would highly recommend. 12/20/2010