My GF has the previous top of the line Nook and is planning on taking B&N up on their Mother's Day promo
to get their current top o' the line, the Nook HD+.
She did a lot of research and hands-on testing (like she always does when buying technology) on both the Nook and the Kindle before she definitively decided on the Nook.
She's an avid reader and a lover of fine books - as in the paper variety. But she absolutely treasures
that little glass and plastic gadget. You'll only take her Nook away from her when you can pry it from her cold dead fingers.