A tipster and commentors at Engadget are reporting their pre-orders for the Barnes & Noble eReader, nook, are being fulfilled. The initial impressions seem less than sterling with mention of laggy e-ink, though in fairness, that’s a common criticism of e-ink in general. Two other tidbits are that in-store browsing is limited to an hour at a time, so don’t plan on digging in for the day at your local B&N browsing eBooks for free, and that browsing isn’t coming until 2010. None of those sound like dealbreakers, especially since most people won’t get theirs until 2010 anyway, but it’s not the best first impression either.
More disappointing is that people seem focused on these details instead spilling the beans on the usefulness of the interface within the LCD touchscreen. Aside from the in-store browsing, this is the feature that sets the nook apart. Really interested in seeing that in action.