Whoa. This IS pretty nice. You can set the Nook up with a dual boot (not voiding the warranty) and run a complete not-watered-down Android OS off a mini-SD card same as I did for a while on my netbook only the hardware is much much cooler.
for instance:http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/latest-ga ... g-warranty
Totally accessible instructions, and again you don't have to root the Nook if you don't want to. Apparently it doesn't support Bluetooth yet, though. (??)
That link is from May so you know by now things are even slicker. I figured I'd never get a tablet as long as Apple was the standard (I don't like carrying stuff around I can't afford to lose) but this changes the picture.
Oh why did you make me read that....
Incidentally with regard to the original question on this topic: being able to check out a number of e-books at once is great if you're doing some sort of research. You can check them out, go through and find what you're looking for (or not find it) and return them all in the same sitting. It's as convenient -- or more convenient -- than going to the library in person and paging through a pile of books off the shelves. Setting this up for someone would be a nice Christmas present, regardless of how you go about it.