Originally Posted by SleepyBob
Can you explain how what B&N has done is different than what Amazon has done? Because they don't have any division between purchased content and sideloaded, or apps vs. movies. Why couldn't B&N have taken the same route, then?
They could. He is right in saying that the various partitions are necessary, but the "hidden" (meaning not generally user or application accessible) partitions are generally much smaller. All B&N applications that I know of can be installed on a user-accessible area. All B&N books can be installed on a user-accessible area. Any B&N magazines can be installed on a user-accessible area.
The semi-official word seems to be that B&N was worried we might use the space, not have enough space for that 200MB magazine we want to purchase, and then decide not to buy. So we are protected from things like having to manage our media when making purchases.