Why is the Nook such a rockin' little platform? What qualities does it have that delight and amaze?
I knew it would happen eventually. Some far-sighted tablet manufacturer would realize the whole eReader world needs to follow the paradigms enjoyed by most book owners. But let me backtrack.
I buy a lot of technical books. I need these at the work place, but too many books get lost or stolen too easily. I've tried several electronic book formats and reader platforms. In the past, I really enjoyed my convertible PC/tablet combo. Overall, a tablet seemed to offer the best weight and ease-of-use combination. I was given a cheap Android unit. Junk. I had an iPad, until my wife confiscated it. That was a lot of money. My Kindle Fire HD has been my favorite of late, but it seemed to have problems with some Android apps.
I just bought a Nook HD+, an upgrade to my test lab. For $149 and free shipping, I now have a 10 inch Android tablet, one that has excellent apps written for it. It also can run most Android apps I get from Goggle Play. That's cool.
Even better, if I buy eBooks in the Nook format, I can safely and securely "loan" my Nook books to others without fearing they'll be loaded to the Internet for pirates. I believe authors should have their royalties protected with content distribution systems that reasonably restrain usage rights.
I'm typing this blog now, on my Nook. It just plain works. I hope to have more information on these tablets and why people adopt them so readily. Until then, consider getting your own. Getting a full featured Android tablet for less than $200/US seems good to me.
P.S. Barnes and Noble, please explain why an HD media savvy tablet has such a poor speaker system?