"Meets my expectations and needs... I recommend it"4.0 starson by lfisher320
Pros: The price is hard to beat. I purchased mine in June from a local Bed Bath & Beyond for $116 after discount coupon and rebate. Without question the Novel is no iPad. HOWEVER, I didn't expect an iPad experience. With some practice it works fine.
Cons: Needs more apps to become available. Some "features" simply don't make sense, e.g., sorting books by author results in a sort by FIRST NAME... excuse me?!
Summary: I have a Nook and I've also used my son's iPad for several hours. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages in regard to MY needs. For example, I find the iPad too heavy for periods of extended reading and the browser on my Nook to be very awkward. I'm not claiming that everything about the Novel suits me and they still need to work on some fundamentals, including leaving the display on while plugged in to power and displaying your slides unattended. Overall though I find myself using the Novel more and the Nook less.