When the Kindle first came out I swore up and down that I would not join the e-book revolution. E-books were not as cool as normal books in my opinion, because nothing compares to holding an actual book in your hand. Plus, all my books are much loved and favorite scenes are dog eared. You, I told myself, simply can't do that with an e-book.
And then I got my smart phone in August, and it had Kindle preloaded on to it. When we went to Vegas in September I forgot the book I had been reading at home, and ended up downloading a book to keep me entertained while my Fiance gambled (I wasn't in much of a gambling mood that day) I discovered that I really enjoyed the convience of ordering a book, having it show up like that *snaps fingers*, and not having to carry around a large paperbook in my purse because it was stored on my phone. I've also learned that I like to read while I work out, and it's SO much easier to read a book on an e-reader while running on a treadmill - instead of fumbling with pages, and having to situate your water bottle or cellphone to keep the book open, you just tap the screen. In addition to all of those reasons, the Fiance and I will be going on Honeymoon in Ireland, which means we'll have a very long flight, and not much carry on space for books. An e-reader also solves this problem.
You would think that I would go with the Kindle since it's cheaper and since I'm already familiar with how it works since it was included on my phone. I choose the Nook Color though; it, obviously, displays pictures much better, so I'll be able to entertain any future children with it, and if I download a cook book, or a crochet pattern book, the examples will look OH so much better. Plus it has the Lend Me feature where I can loan books to and borrow books from friends. The Kindle has something similar but I don't think you can borrow books from libraries like you can with the Nook* (I have yet to figure this feature out though!) Plus I can share bits from books with friends. The only drawback to the nook is that Barnes and Noble doesn't have as many free books available as Amazon - but Google Ebooks does, and I can easily transfer those over to the Nook (you can't do that with the Kindle*)
On top of all of that the Nook comes with games I can play like Chess and Sodoku, and I can surf the web on it and listen to Pandora. I am SUCH a happy girl right now!