Our platform focus continues this fine Sunday with the e-Book Echo, our take on the week in the digital publishing world. The big news this week was definitely the Nook, with reviews of the new reader from Barnes & Noble appearing everywhere. By and large the reviews were fairly negative for such a highly anticipated device, and B&N has its hands full addressing the many concerns. The Nook is apparently very slow in operation, something that immediately frustrated many of the reviewers. Two of the most scathing reviews was from two trusted sources, The New York Times and Gear Diary. The good news in all of this is that B&N is listening, and are promising a firmware update to address many of the concerns, and soon.
Competition is a good thing, even if it comes from within. That’s apparently the mantra at B&N, as they have begun selling the eSlick reader from FoxIt. They are offering the eSlick through the eReader store, a subsidiary due to an acquisition earlier this year. The eSlick is going for $259, with a cool $100 in-store credit to help fill it with content.