Barnes & Noble & Microsoft

This is old news, now, but I thought I’d share it.  I was waiting to post this until I had a few more links to share in e-book news… but after this, things quieted down a bit in the news.  So… here you go:

My own thoughts?  On one hand, it’s good, because it gives Barnes & Noble extra clout, and levels the playing field.  So, that’s a good thing.

BUT!

But I fear this may mean that the Nook abandons Android in favor of the new Windows 8 platform in the future.

And Windows 8?

It is TEH UGLY!

I mean, I am viscerally turned off by Microsoft’s “Metro” interface.  And I have the same reaction against the current version of Windows Phone.  It’s ugly, blocky, and bland.  And the idea of taking a slick, polished interface like you can get with Android and ripping it out and replacing it with the blocky and ugly Windows Phone or Windows 8 interface makes me very sad.  I had thought that when I eventually succumbed to the inevitable and got an e-reader I’d likely go with a Nook… but now I’m not sure… We’ll just have to see what happens.

What do you think?  Good or bad?  Would you want a Nook with a Metro interface, or would it drive you to never read an ebook again?