I've read online elsewhere that you can indeed download contents from B & N directly to your Nook in Canada, as long as you register with a US address, any US address, and use the US address as your credit card billing address. Apparently they don't verify the billing address. You cannot download in any other country but apparently Canada is exempted from that restriction.
I take it the Nook you guys have been discussing is the original Nook using e-ink technology. Has anyone used the new Nook Color, which functions more like an iPad or Galaxie Tab, with an LCD screen? The downside is battery life more akin to that of a netbook, and inferior sunlight legibility. But it has a full color touch screen and a proper web browser, so you can use it for web-browsing, whereas on the orginal Nook web-browsing is a tedious, if not torturous endeavor. My thinking is as long as the battery is good for 8 or so hours, it should be workable. And as for sunlight legibility, how often would you read outdoors? But the advantage of the Nook Color is that you essentially get a poor man's iPad. Just wondering if anyone has had any direct experience with the Nook Color and could comment on it.