I own an e-ink Nook and love it, but I'm not that excited by the LCD Nook. Why?
- The best thing about the Nook is that it supports e-pub, a format that my public library also supports. So, I can "borrow" e-books from my library, read them and return them (or they expire in 3 weeks). Pretty nice. The LCD Nook will also do this.
- e-ink is very easy on the eyes. I have read for 12 hours straight (on long airline flights) and not had any problems. LCD screens are not as pleasant to read. Besides, the battery life is only about 8 hours.
- Even though the e-ink Nook has WiFi and a web browser, the touchscreen is so clunky that I've used it only a couple of times. With a LCD reader, the web is only a touch away. I doubt that I'd be able to read for long on a LCD Nook without being tempted to check my email, or check Facebook.
As an e-reader, the LCD Nook is lousy -- it preserves only one of the three key advantages of the e-ink version. The one huge improvement it brings is color. Maps, illustrations and kids' books are unworkable on e-ink.
On the other hand, a 7" tablet for $250 is a nice proposition. This could be an iPad replacement. Half-the-screen-size for half-the-price. Android vs. iOS. As a tablet, this is interesting.