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:
- Tobias Buckell talks about about the joint venture between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft
- John Scalzi talks about the same
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 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?