Len Edgerly, host of the great The Kindle Chronicles podcast, unboxes the somewhat unfortunately named Barnes and Noble "Nook." I was at a local B&N over the weekend, and they had a little booth set up directly inside the entrance with two people eager to tell you all about the Nook, even though all they had to offer the curious were two mock-ups.
"We'll have it in the store on Monday," said one of the demo people.
"To buy?" I asked.
"No," he answered. "Just to show."
I like the idea of the Nook, especially the thought of cruising into a B&N with Nook in hand and browsing through books. And the Nook touch interface looks a lot more elegant and iTouchish than the Kindle. But, having said that, I'm a scarred enough technophile to be wary of early adoption of anything. All-in-all, everything I've read or heard indicates that a Kindle 2 is a more realistic eReader choice than a Nook at this stage of the game... especially if you're hoping Santa might put one in your stocking. But the eREader wars are heating up, and that's likely a good thing for consumers.