Barnes and Noble will be holding a press conference tomorrow. The focus is rumored to be their new Nook Tablet. Ars Technica has an article about the possible announcements they will be making regarding it:
This is meant to compete with the iPad, Kindle Fire, and other tablets. As the owner of a Kindle 3G and iPhone, I admit that a Nook would be my last resort for a tablet. When I chose my Kindle it was after combing through reviews of Nook, Kobo, and Kindle as well as hands on trials at various local retailers. Although I had reservations about the proprietary nature of Amazon’s Kindle, it fit my needs better than any of its competitors.
I don’t think either my husband or I will be getting a tablet anytime soon since we just got new laptops. Once we get through Christmas and see what some of the post-holiday sales look like, then we might start seriously considering them. This new tablet looks feature-rich, but my major reservation is with Barnes and Noble. I have found that their customer service is, to put it mildly, lacking.
Following unresolved problems with an order that had been placed with them for a textbook (they are the authorized bookseller for my university) last year, I swore I would never do business with them again. So far, I have been able to keep that vow by looking to the internet for my textbook needs and using the single independent bookstore in town whenever I can. I’ll be watching the press releases and product reviews that will be coming soon for the Nook tablet. Will I buy it from Barnes and Noble? It’s highly unlikely, but if I find that there are features that are to die for, I may include those as must haves for future generations of tablets that I would consider for purchase.
The second question for me then is, do I really need a tablet? I have an iPhone, a Kindle, and a Dell XPS15. What in the world could I do with a tablet that isn’t covered by those? The gadget-geek in me says you can’t have too much, while the family budget says I could spend that money on more books. I look forward to the press conference tomorrow and I’ll be closely following the evolution of tablets.