- The nook's screen is far superior to the Kindle's in my opinion at least.
- Hoping that Barnes and Noble offers better service to smaller eBook publishers.
- The silent but immediate removal of affiliate payments on eBooks.
- Amazon telling me that I "don't mind its DRM". (Hint: I particularly mind their form of DRM.)
- Amazon signing authors to exclusive deals which presumably will get their eBooks off of any competing platform's reader.
- The complete shift of the industry to embrace Adobe's Digital Editions... except for Amazon. While the nook seems to use a form not yet compatible with other readers, it seems that's a temporary setback. In the meantime, any ePub book encrypted with Adobe's DRM will read back on the nook. This means in addition to Barnes and Noble, I can buy from Sony, plus dozens of indie publishers. Additionally, Borders is opening an eBook store using the format, as is Google. That's a lot of openness (well, for a DRM laden world at least), and in stark contrast to Amazon's policy of "own a Kindle, buy books from us. End of line."
Why not another reader? Well, I want wireless access - I do most of my book buying in bookstores, but I prefer to buy eBooks. That pretty much narrows the choice down to the big three (Amazon, Sony, Barnes and Noble). Of them, you can tell why I am a former Kindle user. Sony's only wireless reader has a touch screen (hello reduced legibility of eInk screen, fingerprint smudging) and a price tag that's $140 higher. Besides, free cookies are delicious, and offset the purchase price by $1.99 everytime I grab one!
Special thanks to TeleRead. I read a lot of blogs, but when it comes to eBook issues, most of the stories tend to come from them. Check them out!