I’ve read a lot of buzz around Barnes and Noble new Nook today. There’s been a lot of discussions on all the tech blogs, and I don’t understand the main argument against the product. (I also don't understand all the hatin'! Chill, bloggers, chill.)
Many of the comments point out that no one wants a device without buttons that relies solely on a touch screen. Um. Hello? Look at Apple! Steve Jobs is notorious for his button hate. Consumers love the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch and those include, I think, four buttons or less. So the argument that people do not want to move away from buttons is moot. My cell phone relies heavily on touch and I don’t complain. (ok I complain when I fat-finger text message, but that's rare.)
Now, the question comes down to when I’m lounging around and reading on my Nook, do I want to bother swiping the screen? Well, if it was a book, don’t I sort of swipe the pages? And what does a physical keyboard (Kindle) give me that one on screen doesn’t? Don’t argue the blind card because we’re talking about an ereader here. (Yes, someone argued this on a blog) There’s been many times I jab my original Nook’s screen as if it had suddenly transformed into my iTouch and would respond to the touch. (it never does!) So I’m hoping to replace my Nook this winter with a touch one so I look less stupid when I do this in public. But I’ll wait for the reviews though—never be the first to buy a new electronic product, people.
I just don’t see why people are arguing against the touch screen so lividly, and using it to boost how better the Kindle is. I find both the Nook and the Kindle evenly matched. I personally chose the Nook based on the document types it allows. (pictures too!) If Kindle and Nook had the same ability to read the same file types, I don't know which I would have gone with. I could care less about 3G or WiFi...I don't use either function. Aside from document type and product loyalty, it comes down to which store you want to buy from, but I don’t buy my ebooks from either store. I try to buy directly from the publisher.
So don’t let the fact that Barnes and Noble doesn’t carry my novel in ebook format deter you from buttonless reading. *wink*