I was pretty jazzed about the Kindle when it first came out. Sitting here as a Metro commuter at the halfway point in my second graduate degree, just the idea of not having to lug a bunch of textbooks is enough to get me at least mildly excited about the prospects of e-readers. However, then there was a bit of disillusionment with how the device’s accounts were handled. And then more with how content was handled, add that to the fact that there’s no native PDF support (a lot of my reading these days is pdf downloads of journal articles), a few other irritations, and… no thanks.
So I’m mildly intrigued by the prospects of Barnes and Noble’s “Nook:”
- Multi-format support? Check
- Native PDF support? Yep.
- Ability to lend to other e-reader owners? Uh-huh.
- WiFi downloads? Yessir.
- Touch-sensitive navigation? I do love my iPhone.
- Ability to peruse entire volumes (inside a B&N store, but still)? Interesting.
All in all, this has me thinking, “Well – sometimes people give me B&N gift certificates for Christmas…” Because it looks like B&N is actually looking at the behavior of real readers and designing a product that has a lot more potential to accommodate the way they think and behave.