David Pogue’s Review of New Nook Points Out E-Book Walled Gardens

Tech guru David Pogue reviews the new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight in today’s New York Times (New E-Book Reader Sheds Light on Every Page):

If you intend to buy an e-book reader, here’s a tip: First, spend an evening sitting cross-legged on a lotus leaf, surrounded by incense and sitar music.

Because buying a reader isn’t like buying a car, a DVD player or a hair trimmer. All of those tools are fairly universal. You’re not committing to one brand of gas, one kind of movie or one style of mustache.

No, when you buy an e-reader, you’re committing to that one company’s catalog of books forever, because their book formats are mutually incompatible. You can’t read a Kindle book on a Nook, or a Nook book on a Sony Reader, or a Sony book on an iPad. Once you buy the gadget, you’ve just married its company forever. If you ever want to change brands, you have to give up all the books you’ve ever bought.

Read more at the New York Times.

3 thoughts on “David Pogue’s Review of New Nook Points Out E-Book Walled Gardens

  1. David Bergsland

    This is why I bought the new iPad. I read lot and I have iBooks, Kindle, and Nook so far on the iPad. I like iBooks the best, but Kindle is a close send (if it would only upgrade to Fire quality). Nook is far behind, so far.

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  2. jake

    Check out calibre. All problems solved. Not to be an ass, but it really does make this post incorrect. It’s free software that converts between formats and allows drag and drop to add to e-reader.

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  3. Jared Brandon

    I don’t think this is quite as hopeless as Mr. Pogue makes this sound. And as Jake pointed out, Calibre is well suited for quick and easy conversion of eBook docs for use on other devics. I agree that it’s not a cureall, and means an extra step, but it’s not the end of the world. And if we’re talking in terms of walls, I think in reality it’s more of a low stone wall that must be crossed, as opposed to the Berlin wall!

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