I stopped by Barnes and Noble to try out the new nook in hand today. They don't have them in stock yet, but they do have a model to try. It's pretty awesome. It seems just as well made as a Sony, the display was very nice, and the touch commands were extemely responsive. I plan on getting one. I tried out both turning the page by swiping like an iPad, and using the buttons on the side (those little ridge looking things) and both worked well. The best thing about the nook is its usage of ePub as an ebook format. It's available just about anywhere except Amazon, and there are bazillions of free books in ePub too. If you are planning on buying an ebook reader, you should check out this nook.