according to tele-read's jean kaplansky, and the new york times david pogue (one of my favorite tech gurus), it is "a sluggish e-reader with confusing navigation," and "slower than an anesthetized slug in winter" respectively." Ouch!
for more in-depth reviews, check out end-gadget's barnes&noble nook review and wsj's walt mossberg's (another favorite tech guru) observation that the nook e-reader has potential but needs work. the resulting conclusions are pretty much the same. double ouch! or is that quadruple ouch? who's counting? hopefully, b&n is and will make the necessary changes before the apple tablet that doesn't exist *wink wink* comes out next year.