"Not ready for prime time"3.0 starson by ronsd46
Pros: Reading experience with e-ink and touch screen
Cons: Very poorly designed library management system
Summary: This is my first ereader, so I don't know if it's better or worse than the competition, but I can say that if this device represents the state of the art then the industry has a ways to go. The basic reading engine is fine, the touch screen works well enough, and the hardware seems solid except for the cheap-feeling power switch, BUT the software needs some serious development.
To be truly useful an ereader needs an effective library management system, and it's in that area that the Nook fails dismally. Library management is based on a "shelves" metaphor that seems logical enough at first glance, until you realize that the shelves are not containers like the folders in a standard file system, but merely lists with check boxes. Here's what you have to do to move a book from one shelf to another:
1. Go the libary and select shelves mode.
2. Open for editing the shelf that the book is currently on (assuming you remember it!).
3. Scroll through a list of all the books in your library (at seven books per page) until you get to the title you want to move. They're in order by title in this mode - no options - and btw the software isn't even smart enough to ignore initial articles.
4. Once you've found the title, uncheck it and tap "save".
5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the shelf that you want to move the book onto.
Once your library grows beyond a dozen or so books, this system becomes impossibly cumbersome to use. A system where a book's shelf location is specified from the book's own properties page, using a list of shelves, would be much more efficient and potentially quite valuable. So how about it B&N? Think it might be time to hire some actual professional software developers?