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Books, REAL books that you have to manually turn the pages on. There's nothing like them! No batteries to run down either. Progress isn't always good.

I laughed over the e book letter. Take heart. At least you didn't buy it. I did. It sits on my desk, charged and ready for "use"? I bought mine to read library books. Seems the library only subscribes to the audio version. When I was buying mine, the audio version didn't work. I can't return it either. I would've had to upgrade to the audio version that didn't work. So, thanks for sharing. Maybe we can help someone else.

They call that thing the "Nook e-book reader" ... Who are the marketing geniuses who let that name get by without saying it out loud first?

Barbara - I treasure my paper books, but I love my e-reader (it's a Kindle, if you're wondering) because arthritis has made it difficult for me to hold my paper books without pain. I still buy paper copies to keep on my bookshelf of my favorites :)

Very amusing. The Kindle is pretty crappy too, especially their software version.

That said, I'm pretty sure we will soon be seeing robust, inexpensive electronic devices for reading text. I already read quite a lot of text on my various computer screens. E-text does have some significant benefits over paper, such as ability to easily bookmark and annotate, search for relevant passages, excerpt for fair use, and of course accessibility for people with print impairments such as those who cannot see or physically manipulate a book.

Hopefully publishers will figure this out better than the recording industry has....

Look up David Pogue's video review of the Nook on nytimes.com. It is hilarious.

I must disclose that I work at a place that sells the Nook. I'm sorry you had such a bad customer service experience. Our display model hasn't gotten major abuse (yet), but we have had customers come in with minor Nook problems. I'm still trying to familiarize myself with it, so I don't look like a complete idiot when a customer asks questions. No, I do not own one. I can't afford an ebook reader at this time. When I do, I will shop around. And I will use it for travel. I agree with poster Barbara. There is nothing like the feel of a book in your hand.

I own one of those things and I've been considering selling it. I've dealt with a good number of software crashes, difficulties reading just the titles of my own documents (other e-books) stored on the machine and poorly proofread e-books. I'm reading one now that looks like someone scanned a printed copy of the book and used OCR software (optical character recognition, to convert the image into computer-readable text) without bothering to check for errors - like missing periods, paragraphs either joined together or broken up in ways that don't make much sense (and no, it's not the author's writing style; I read my first book of his in paperback form), incorrectly converted words or phrases and in some cases even sentences partly missing. I practically have to interpret what the author actually wrote rather than simply reading it because even the best OCR has an accuracy rating of maybe 90-95%. That might sound good, but imagine reading anything where 5-10% of it was completely misprinted.

I'll be the first person to say that electronic books actually do have some benefits to them that paper books don't - such as the ability to look up a word on the spot, being able to purchase a book at any time of the day or night (or to simply download a sample to see if it's what you'd like) and the biggest benefit for me, the ability to store hundreds of books in a machine about the size and weight of a magazine or a thin journal. But if this is the present "state of the art" and "most advanced," then there's still a lot of advancement to be made.

In its present form, the entire e-book industry isn't really ready for prime time. (That could change with the release of the iPad later today, but I left my crystal ball in my other jacket so I couldn't tell you right now....)

I have a kindle and love it. I read constantly. Traditional books are great. The kindle is wonderful to carry around and read when you have a few minutes. I have almost 200 unread books on my kindle. The kindle fits in my purse or in my coat pocket. I think the nook has a lot if issues to still work out like all other first generation electronics.

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I also have a Kindle (second generation), and have not yet seen the "Nook eBook Reader" from B&N. I like the Kindle quite a bit; I have seen its first generation and didn't like it very much. I might get an iPad, but will probably wait until its second generation too. You know: next year! -rc

I was thinking this was just an April Fools joke until I remembered I had recently been at Barnes and Noble and tried one out. I couldn't get off square one so I just walked away and completely forgot about it.

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This wasn't written until April 2 anyway. -rc

The earliest automobiles were buggy and full of problems in their time, and hardly any paved roads to use them on. And I'm sure those were also called "the most advanced [whatever]..." even then. 150 years ago, they were called Snake Oil Salesmen; now they're called Marketing Executives. But whatever the name, PT Barnum was right, even to this day. ("There's a sucker born every minute.")

How ELSE to explain the long lines when Windows Vista first hit the shelves?

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