Barnes & Noble's new e-reader, the nook, has gotten off to a strong start as the all-important holiday shopping season nears. (Maybe it started weeks ago, with the big book discounts offered by Walmart, Amazon and others.)"Demand for the product in our stores and online has surpassed our expectations," company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said, according to the Wall Street Journal. While declining to give sales numbers, she said the first wave of pre-orders will be shipped on Nov. 30 as promised. However, customers who pre-order the $259 device now will have to wait a little longer to receive them. "We are working hard to meet demand for the holidays," she said.So, Nancy, if you're looking to bring me over to e-books, you'd better order my reader soon.