Barnes & Noble Nook to hitting retail shelves this week.

Fancy a good book? I used to be a big reader. I don’t know what happened really. I just drifted away from the written word. If I had to put my finger on any one reason I stopped reading, I’d have to say patience. Whether or not my gadget/electronic/fast paced fascination has anything to do with me not enjoying a slower paced activity (such as reading) anymore, I may never know.

For those of you who still consider yourself bookworms, this week is an exciting time. The Barnes & Noble Nook ereader is finally slated to trickle into retail channels. Even still, availability is going to be tight for the next several weeks. If you’re looking to score a new Nook for your significant other, you’re probably going to want to check out the Nook In-Store locator and/or go ahead and purchase yours online.

In light of the recent iPad announcement and taking into account all of the other ereaders flooding the market, does the Nook have a chance in your personal library in the near future?