An ebook reader I’m actually lusting after


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After being recently turned off of the Kindle by Amazon’s fast-and-loose copyright policies, I thought I’d have given up on ebook lust entirely. Then along came the Nook, by Barnes and Noble. Two screens, an SD slot, PDF support, LENDING SUPPORT (ye gads! How novel, being able to temporarily give a book to someone else!) that supports both PC and Mac, and built off of Android no less, on top of not being an ass-ugly tablet with a ridiculous user interface, has rekindled (pun intended) my interest. I’d make it a top priority getting Linux support, naturally, but with the device being Android-based to begin with, I don’t know how much work I’d have to put into it, honestly.

There’s a whole lot more on Engadget. The $259 USD price is a wee bit steep at the moment, and I don’t have a lot of occasion to read as during my transits I’m usually in the drivers’ seat and I generally have too much to do at work or at home to read. I still have a mountain of books to slog through, if only I could bring myself to go to bed early enough to get a good hour or two in of reading before sleepy time hits. Maybe an ebook reader might encourage me to do so, as I always have to avoid rustling the pages in order to not annoy the crap out of Jodi who’s usually in bed well before I am.

The only real problem that I can foresee is, the free wifi access is limited to the Barnes and Noble stores, so the idea of using it as a personal Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by coupling Wikipedia and Google Maps becomes much less possible, unfortunately.

Whaddaya think, anyone want to buy me one?

Comments

  1. says

    I can hardly afford dog food right now, but I’ve been watching this and I really like that “lending support” option. If I had to chose I’d go with the Nook right now. But Oakley needs to eat, so sadly the Nook will have to wait.

  2. sinned34 says

    I still prefer the old Sony PRS-505, although I swore I’d never buy another Sony gadget after the Sony rootkit incident.

  3. says

    I’m in the “can hardly afford cat food” camp, so this sort of toy will have to wait for me as well. I really do like the Sony readers, but I’m not sold on any of the brands yet. Is 256-level grayscale too much to ask?

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