|That's my Nook Color under that green leather cover.|
I used to call it my "poor man's iPad," since several of my friends got iPads around that time, and the Nook Color is basically a tablet with a less expensive price tag. That said, I sometimes think I like it better than an iPad. It's small, it fits in my purse, and I can surf the Web, read a book, play a game, etc., with it. It's such a fun little gadget that I've used more than any other gadget I've ever gotten in my life. And my husband is a gadget person, so I've gotten various gadgets that haven't been used as much.
I thought it was funny when such a hullabaloo errupted when the Kindle Fire came out -- it was basically the same thing as a Nook Color. Both are e-readers/tablets. But one is made by Barnes & Noble, the other by giant Amazon, therefore the latter got hype like nothing existed prior.
Although I still like to own real books, I don't mind reading books on my Nook either -- especially books that I know I might not read again. My own complaint re: Nook books (and Kindle books too, when researching) is the price. I know we are paying for the intellectual property (the words and ideas) of the book -- and as a writer, I respect that -- it just seems that if you are buying a book and not getting a hard copy of it, it should be cheaper than the hard copy.
I have found a lot of free Nook books. And offers for free Nook books on Fridays. Some are not exactly enticing, but they are free to load on your device for when you are searching for something new.