Blog Focus on Nook Reviews
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The nook e-reader from Barnes & Noble has settled in as the main competitor for the Amazon Kindle, thanks in no small part to its wide library to purchase from and its hardware similarities to the Kindle.
The floodgates have opened on nook reviews as if a million embargoes cried out in agony and were then suddenly silenced. What do the blogs think about the nook?
• Gizmodo — Wilson Rothman: "The hardware is fully baked, but as I have mentioned the software isn't... The great thing is that the fixes will come fast and steady, and like the iPhone, this thing will grow."
• Technologizer —Harry McCracken: "For all its pleasing touches, intriguing innovations, and clear advantages over the Kindle, it feels like a less-than-perfectly-polished 1.0 product, just like Amazon’s first e-reader did a couple of years ago."
• SlashGear —Vincent Nguyen: "Ease of use is the biggest element in the nook’s favor, with the touchscreen UI perhaps the most intuitive way of navigating the ebook experience that we’ve tried."
• Engadget —Joshua Topolsky: "... the initial offering feels long on promises and short on delivery. With the right software revisions, the Nook could be a tsunami, but as it stands right now, it's only a mild swell."
And our favorite quote of the morning from Harry McCracken:
"(Like Amazon and Apple, B&N likes to refer to its creation without a modifying article, and also dispenses with capitals–”nook lets you loan eBooks” rather than “The Nook lets you loan eBooks.” I’ve honored the lack of a “the” in the title of this article, but will blithely ignore it from here on out."
Enough already, gadget makers. Camel-case needs love, too.