The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Technology is great, but it is never perfect. In today's fast-changing world, obsolescence can be a big issue. Writing in the New York Times, Farhad Manjoo describes the plight of the person who purchased a Nook e-book reader a few years ago. It certainly seemed like a wise purchase at the time. In 2011, Consumer Reports proclaimed the Nook the best e-reader in the land, saying it surpassed the Kindle in just about every way.
Barnes & Noble has never made a profit on Nook sales, and now the company has laid off nearly all of its Nook hardware engineers. (See the article at http://www.businessinsider.com/barnes-and-noble-hardware-engineering-staff-2014-2 for details.) The future of the Nook is unknown, but the latest news doesn't look good. In the New York Times article, Farhad Manjoo writes, "... the Nook’s end looks nigh. If you own a Nook, the fate of your books may now be up in the air. Sorry, you bet on the wrong horse."