I took the plunge and bought a NOOK color yesterday.... satisfaction is yet to be determined. Had no idea you could get a free book on Fridays... thanks for the tip!
Also, the sales guy from Barnes and Noble said there's supposed to be a big announcement in April. He thinks they are expanding their apps- one of them being some sort of word processor. So hopefully we'll be able to read and write on the Nook... so no excuses...we're all going to be super productive people.
Thanks everyone for your great input!