"Excellent for what it 'is': an e-reader (plus)"4.5 starson by pepperpup
Pros: - Light; easy to rest on your chest/tummy
- Able to read books in reverse contrast-mode at in bed night with no reading light on
- Portable: not worried about surviving unbroken in my laptop backpack during my frequent flights.
Cons: - No similar "Prime" service (but easily fixed once BN negotiates 'captive' streaming agreements with Hulu, NF, Blockbuster, Pandora, etc.); BN will likely match Amazon with a similar subscription plan.
- Battery life poor...vs. e-ink.
Summary: It's a great unit, but it does allow me to display my huge library as dead-tree trophies to all my friends, and doesn't allow me to exchange (give) hard-copy books I've read to others (only some allow a 2-week "LendMe" option with other Nook owners.) These are drawbacks per se, but only examples how we as a culture are now evolving to handle printed reading material.