Coverage from Wired's Gadget Lab on the Nook, Barnes and Noble's first e-book reader is VERY positive: "Sleek, stylish and runs Google's Android OS. What's not to like about Barnes and Noble's new e-book reader? Despite the odd name, the Nook looks like an eBook reader that would actually be a worthwhile investment.
Best feature? The ability to loan e-books you have downloaded to other Nook owners.
The reader looks a lot like Amazon's white plastic e-book, only instead of the chiclet-keyboard there is a color multi-touch screen, to be used as both a keyboard or to browse books, cover-flow style. The machine runs Google's Android OS, will have wireless capability from an unspecified carrier, and comes in at the same $260 as the now rather old-fashioned-looking Kindle."
Now, how long has it taken for the Kindle DX to become "rather old-fashioned-looking?" Three months or so? I have a hunch that Nook will be called something similar when Apple's rumored iTablet hits the shelves next year.
Here is the B&N Nook site, which is still not visible on their front page. It still has a few non-working links. See how the comparison page takes dead aim at the Kindle?
Among the advantages in Nook's column you'll find: Wi-Fi, expandable memory via microSD, MP3 player, and PDF compatibility.
However I'm old enough to remember B&N abandoning ebooks once, six years ago. Here is to wish them much more luck this time around!