So last week’s unveiling of the B&N’s Nook as the “Kindle killer” made me laugh. I don’t think we’re to that stage quite yet. First, we need several e-readers on the market and in use by a lot of people (Kindle’s got that already and is building their program as fast as they can) and Nook, well, they have some catching up to do.
Once we’ve got some competition going (and the dust settles), then we can check out which e-reader is going to stay. I’m a Kindle person, but I’m certainly not discounting the Nook. There are several things about the Nook that appeal to me, even though I already own over 1,400 Kindle books and use my Kindle every single day. (The above picture is me, in Italy, using it. Yes, I read while in Italy. I read was reading a European history book. Highly appropriate.)
Disclaimer: Amazon is currently looking to fill two strategic positions for the Kindle publishing program in Seattle. I applied for one of them. But I still think we should wait and see how the Nook gathers a following and how it affects growth of the Kindle market.
ps — I’m reading Don Miller’s new book A Million Miles In a Thousand Years: What I learned While Editing My Life, and I’m loving it!