• Maybe I Don’t Want a Nook

    I took a look at the Nook today in our local B&N store. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a nice e-reader, it’s just not exactly what I was expecting.

    What I was hoping for was a device that I could use to carry all my books, notes, and PDFs, which I could then review and/or annotate on the road. Pretty much the only thing that the Nook wouldn’t be able to do for me is the annotation use case, but that’s a big deal to me, unfortunately. The problem is that while the Nook can annotate documents, the process for highlighting the bit you want to annotate (and then adding the annotation itself) is really slow due to the fact that the e-ink display takes so long to redraw with each movement of the cursor. While it would be possible to annotate documents, it would take so long that I would go out of my mind.

    The bottom line is, I think I’ve been spoiled by having an iPhone with a full touchscreen interface and snappy performance; I may need to wait for that Apple tablet after all.

    Besides the annotation situation, the Nook is a neat little device. If you are in the market for an e-reader, I highly recommend that you check it out. The weight is right, the build quality is decent, the screen is clear and easy to read, the color touchscreen is a nice addition that works well with the main screen, and the online browse and purchase process is fast and easy enough considering the scope of the device’s capabilities.

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