Pros I love the nook for all the reasons listed by the reviewer.
Cons Students and instructors should be made aware that the nook WILL NOT work with B & N books that are categorized as e-textbooks. You will not find out until you actually download an e-textbook, and then you cannot return the e-textbook.
Summary If you are a reader of novels or classical literature, this is an excellent choice. BUT DO NOT BUY IT IF YOU PLAN ON USING IT AS A STUDENT OR TEACHER. B&N does have an app for this for computers, called nook study, but it has nothing to do with the nook and cannot be used on the nook. For E-TEXTBOOKS .. if you are loyal to B&N, just get their free app .. if not, shop around.
Pros Like other ebook readers, nice to have the convenience of books with the touch of a button, easy to read screen, touchscreen is convenient.
Cons Needed to be reset within two weeks of ownership and light use. Within three weeks of light use, the screen suddenly had double images and was unreadable.
Summary While Barnes and Noble is replacing this due to the 1 year warranty, I am dismayed that this product broke so quickly. Having known several Kindle users who have never had a problem, I wish I had bought a Kindle. Even if it didn't break, the touchscreen is slow compared to other touchscreen devices and the feature to access the web is nearly useless. While Nooks features unique options, such as free reading for 1 hour a day at Barnes and Noble and book lending, who spends their time at BN, and I don't know another Nook owner to lend/borrow books. I suspect that I'll be receiving more than one replacement in the next year and then will have a broken device. With other comparably priced options available, I would not purchase nor recommend a Nook. Also BN does not offer an easy to find customer review section for potential purchasers on their website, so it isn't easy to learn customer opinions of the device. Also, the Kindle has a 30 day return policy, BN is only 14 days. Otherwise I would have returned mine. Bottom line: Do not buy this product.
"BUYER BEWARE"on by granny3750
Pros Rec'd this product 1/10. Have read 70+ books. Works wonderfully for the most part. Some books not as compatible as others. Love it as a reader, no more packing bulky, heavy books for trips.
Cons 8/10--white face edge cracked @ right forward arrow. BN said manufacturer defect. Refused to replace it w/anything but USED nook/Say they don't HAVE TO replace w/new & won't. This tells me they have far too many returned & haven't solved the probl
Summary I love my nook, but have stopped recommending it because of the defect and the fact that BN refused to replace my Nook with a new one. I don't consider that to be of "equal" value. I was considering buying them for Christmas gifts this year and have nixed that idea. I don't use all the features the nook has, because my main purpose was to avoid finding more room for books and not to have to carry lots of books with me everywhere I go. I do still purchase an occasional book, but have saved almost $400 since I purchased my nook. I like the choices for font sizes. When I use my treadmill, I can place my nook on the book rest and make the print large enough to easily read while walking. I really like it, but am extremely dissatisfies with BN. BUYER BEWARE---BN is aware of the defect, is not making it public unless it happens to customers unless they call about it nor are they replacing them with NEW ones.
Pros Nice size. Easy to hold and turn the pages with one hand. Good selection of books to choose from. Easy to search for author name, title of book or series. Easily connected with my home Wifi, B&N Wifi and AT&T 3G network.
Cons Sometimes difficult to navigate. It's hard to get in the habit of using the color screen to move around the "ink" portion of the Nook. Battery life is TERRIBLE! I don't care what anyone tells you, you need to have the charger ready after 3 days.
Summary Browsed and purchased books while in my condo in Willingsburg, VA over 3G network and it worked flawlessly. The new 1.3 release is a huge improvement, Web browing is now doable although not ideal. It would be my last option to browse the web with the Nook but it does work. I also access Wikipedia often and it is nice to have this available on my nook. The dictionary lookup is greatly improved and is much faster to use. I love that I can go to a B&N and read books while sitting in the store without having to purchase them. They do limit this to one hour per book and I think this is a little short sighted. Bottom line is that I would just go pick up the hard copy and keep reading.
Also, I have been a B&N Member for years and I have enjoyed 10% off on my books. This membership is rendered "useless" with the Nook. No advantage whatsoever! I will keep this and hope for future enhancements or wait for the next version of the iPad and buy that. I do like this and I find it convenient but I am not a huge fan.
"DON'T BUY a NOOK"on by ghouston73
Pros You can load PDFs directly to this product without the middleman of going through the provider. Home screen is good concept
Cons This product freezes and there is no reset button to fix. Plugging it in and taking off the back then unscrewing the battery is the recommended reset. Battery does not last more than a couple of days.
Summary I consider myself a early adopter and as such am very patient with technology and some kinks that need to get worked out. The key is really having a customer support with answers to fix problems.
I have used my Nook for a month. It was working great. I had a Kindle for two years before that and never experienced issues. I only purchased the Nook because I wanted to load PDFs on and review them without sending and being charged through Amazon. BIG MISTAKE.
So the last couple of weeks it has hung when opening my Chicago Tribune. The only way to fix is to plug in but I don't carry my charger. So when it freezes on my during my morning commute I plug it in when I get home. It appears to be fine the next morining and then I open my Chicago Tribune and it freezes again.
THE BEST PART IS SUPPORT CALL
So I call and complain and tell the woman what I'm doing and she says that when I leave it plugged in overnight I'm over charging it. I can't believe that she would try and say I'm overcharging it. Is that even possible.
I can't return it without a restocking fee. I'm at the point where I think it would be worth it.