The Nook, From “I need” to “I’ll Pass” in a week.

So in the span of a week, the nook from Barnes & Noble has gone from zero to hero and is now hovering around, “dude I kinda look up to, a little, but not enough to want to be him”

The quick turn around was largely due to new facts coming out, like this. Turns out, the lending feature is pretty much destined to be vaporware.

  1. You can only lend 1 book, one time, ever. That’s it, lend it to a friend, and you can lend it no longer. And of course, while it’s lent out, you can’t read it. Sure a real book works like that, but this AREN’T REAL BOOKS. It’s an eBook, the “e” allows for things that the dead tree model can’t afford.
  2. The lending feature, much like the Kindle‘s now never turned on, Text-to-speach feature is at the mercy of publishers. Which to me, from experience, means, it’ll be turned off on 95% of all eBooks. Cuz of course, why would the publishers want us to use things we purchase, in ways we like?

Then while reading my KindleFeeder morning paper, I saw this on e-bookvine. If you’re curious about the Nook, read the whole thing. One of my absolutely biggest complaints about the Kindle is organization. I can’t organize books by … well anything. Out of the box I can sort by Title, Author and Date. Not Type, etc.

Apparently, while B&N was building the Nook, they chose to follow Palms footsteps, and not learn from the competition. It’s kinda straight forward, that if you’re coming late to the party, you should offer everything (or as much as possible) that the leader doesn’t offer, and of course, offer more too. The Nook doesn’t offer any better eBook organization than the Kindle. There’s no desktop library app (like iTunes), and no support for folders or tags. FAIL.

Why support your fans? I used to be a B&N Member. I love books, and love being in bookstores, so it made sense to save a little money. When i started buying books on Amazon, I let my membership lapse. Will the Nook offer B&N members, anything? Nope. No discount on the device (OK I can kinda get with that, kinda), and no discount on eBooks. FAIL. Why not offer your loyal members an extra incentive to buy eBooks. Especially when your eBooks, are more expensive than Amazon’s it entices members to buy your eBooks, it helps Nook adoption (I’d assume at least), and it might make you slightly price competitive.

The Nook is looking less and less like a device I’ll be buying. Which says a lot to me, I think B&N coulda stolen a lot of Kindle owners away from Amazon had they executed correctly. It looks like they’re hoping to entice a whole new group of people to buy the Nook, and let Amazon have the rest of us. I don’t see that working, not in the short or long term.

Simply offering something won’t create a market for it, and not enticing the early adopters, enthusiastic eBook supporters from Amazon means you have to hope you’ll find another million + eBook people, who don’t already own a Kindle. Good luck.

I’ll be a Kindle owner for a bit longer it looks like.

6 thoughts on “The Nook, From “I need” to “I’ll Pass” in a week.

  1. Bryan Bugfrog

    I'm waiting to pull the trigger on buying an e-reader for just these reasons. I agree that it should do what you can't do with arborware. Sort your list however you want, searches, catalogs, live links to pages even. I'll read and BUY more if it's easy. (I have fallen into the expensive habit of impulse buying from Amazon to read on my iPhone instead of just going to the library to get a book for free.)

    I want a great reader and will pay for it. But I don't want to pay to get annoyed by it. Just like the history of software: Build for the needs of the user, don't just mimic what the previous medium did.

    1. John Wilker Post author

      Yeah it's sad, but I guess to be expected. The first iPod (which I skipped) was pretty locked down, and not as great as current models (including iTunes). Hopefully near future readers, follow that path.

      I will say, organization aside, the Kindle is great. The things I dislike, don't ruin the experience, but they would make it way better!

      Hopefully future fixes are firmware :D

  2. Brent Bonet

    I was tempted in general to buy an eReader but it looks like I should hold off until the next generation.

  3. Sumeet

    Thank you for this informative blog. If your information about Nook's much-hyped sharing feature is correct, then I am no waiting for its release either.

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