I purchased the Nook Color fully intending to "root" it and use it as an Android tablet computer. (Do a Google search to learn more about this.) I wanted a small tablet with basic capabilities such as email, web browsing and a few other things. To my surprise, the Nook Color now comes with these apps built-in and more apps may be added through B&N. After tinkering with the rooting process (it worked well) I decided that the stock Nook was enough for me. I added a few apps, loaded it with hundreds of photos and songs, and now enjoy my small tablet without all of the concerns and hassles of using a "hacked" device. B&N did the right thing in making this reader more than just a reader. I'm certain that hundreds more apps will be offered in the near future, making this reader even more useful. As for being a refurbished item, have no fear. It arrived in perfect like-new condition. It is indiscernible from a new item. NOTE: Overstock claims that this item comes with 8GB. It only has 5GB (as is the case with all newer Nook Color's) and of that only 1GB is available for media. Not a big deal. I added an 8GB micro-sd card and now have plenty of capacity. P.S. I've purchased a few books and very much enjoy the e-reading experience. No eye strain at all. Though if you're only interested in reading on the device, their basic Nook is a better choice because of the e-ink screen. Before buying any reader, definitely go to a store and play with all of them.