Originally Posted by murraypaul
That seems a bit chicken and egg.
The Nook Color isn't open because it only supports one reader application, and because it only supports one reader application, it isn't open. The Nook Color does support the installation of a limited number of non-reading applications from B&Ns own app store.
If, for example, Amazon had chosen not to allow the installation of any competing reader apps, there would have been no competition problem, you would just categorise the device as not-open instead.
The nook is a dedicated B&N device, sold for the primary purpose of buying and reading content from B&N's store.
When I say that it could fall foul of anti-competition laws, I'm thinking of things like Microsoft being fined for bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, which was deemed to be unfair to other browser suppliers.