Are you sure that gap isn't where the touch sensors live? That's totally normal.
Unless I am misunderstanding your description of your problem.
Thank you for your responses.
The gap I'm referring to is between the grey, texturized rubber, on the front outer region of the nook and the black plastic plate beneath it that holds the actual e-ink screen in.
When held at an angle, I can see adhesive beneath the grey rubber. It seems to have broken down or something and you can see it "stretching" between the grey rubber and the black plastic beneath.
I guess I will need to bring it in and hopefully they can replace it with a model that doesn't have this issue. I am concerned about dust getting in there and making its way deeper into the device.
Also, I'm not really sure what gap -- empty space -- you're both referring to for the IR projector.
Do you mean the thin black plastic under the grey rubber that rests against the e-ink screen?
The new one does also have a minute gap all around, but it's clearly proper construction in this case, unlike the first model.
The separation is so subtle that you wouldn't see it without fairly good eyes and close inspection. It may not be a gap at all, but rather where the rounded edges of the two layers meet and offer the illusion of a gap.
There is no doubt that this adhesive defect exists because on mine you can see STRINGS of glue between the rubber faceplate and the black plastic. The problem with this is that it creates a gap with glue inside it to trap dirt, hairs etc. that are difficult to remove. I will try to get a picture and post it.
My problem with the "solution" is that I am getting tired of returning these units for quality issues. I am on my 3d. One had a sticky power switch, the second had severe marring and misalignment of the perimeter bezel, and this one has the unglueing problem. In each case you have to deregister the returned reader, fully charge the new unit, install the 1.2.1 firmware update, and re-register- not to mention the gas wasted on several trips to B&N. This definitely discourages one from buying several units as gifts! It's too bad, because apart from these unpredictable quality issues, I think the ST is an almost perfect reader.