The Nook Revolution is coming undone before it even had a fighting chance.
Barnes & Noble's
- "Every one of the Nook's vaunted distinctions from Amazon's Kindle comes fraught with disappointing footnotes," writes David Pogue in The New York Times.
- "After testing the Nook for about a week, I don't think it's as good as the Kindle, at least not yet," The Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg reveals.
Initial shipping delays killed the Nook's chances of legitimately taking on Amazon.com's
Barnes & Noble already had a tight window for a successful launch. The buzz is heavy for Apple
In short, by blowing this holiday season and having to overcome tech-review objections, Barnes & Noble's once-revolutionary reader may not have a legitimate chance until the 2010 holiday season -- and by then, it may be an entirely different ball game.
The Nook's one shot at salvation is that once Barnes & Noble licks its supply problems, it will be able to trumpet its reader to its real-world customers. The superstore chain remains the premier physical hub for fans of the written word, and providing in-store models will help sway skeptical book lovers.
However, even that bricks-and-mortar advantage has a tight window. If Amazon, Apple, or somebody else sets itself as the e-book standard, it will be hard for the Nook to stand out in a strong crowd.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been shopping online for about as long as Amazon.com has been in business. He owns a Kindle, but he doesn't own shares in any of the companies in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.