The problem is actually bigger than that. The servers that support the B&N community discussion boards are also down. Apparently so many people are on the site, complaining about their Nooks not working that B&N can't handle the load. I don't know how many people are reporting the problem because I can't even load the site.
How could they have allowed this to happen? Seriously, folks, they should have seen it coming months ago. Count how many Nooks are sold, and subtract the number that number that get activated right away. You'll be left with an approximate number of Nooks that will be activated right after Christmas. It's not rocket science.
Every site I know (that is involved with ereaders) saw a spike in traffic on Christmas day (and today, too). For example, my traffic tripled yesterday, and I expect to see about twice nearly triple the normal traffic today. MobileRead saw their best day ever yesterday, and TeleRead also saw a significant jump. How could B&N not have planned for this?
It's simply pathetic.