First off, I’m not a very tech-savvy person. You’re not going to find an in-depth look at specs and functions here. I might even use the word thingy. This is a collection of random thoughts, k?
The nook froze up on me four times in the first three hours I used it. This is a known issue that I intend to contact Barnes & Noble about. There’s been speculation the battery’s a hair small and it’s actually losing contact with the power source but it appears frozen because the e-ink screen stays on, but I’m not sure. I am sure it’s a pain in the ass.
Other than that issue, I’m very happy with it. The post before this one gives my opinion of looks and feel and whatnot. In no particular order, some impressions of reading on the nook:
Once you’ve cried, pulled all your hair out and manhandled the thing out of its packaging, it’s simple to set up. I already had a B&N account, so I punched in my email address and password and voila! The first thing it did was download and install the most recent firmware update.
The rumored lag in page turns—I really don’t find it to be any slower than the Sony 505, but they both seem a tad bit slow to me. Considering I’ve spent the last 14 months reading on the lightening fast iPod Touch, they’re going to. But I think the firmware update addressed the nook’s refresh rate issue a great deal. I think it takes just a hair longer if you use the touchscreen swipe to turn the page instead of the button, but that could be my imagination.
I hit the shop button and bought the new JD Robb, Fantasy In Death. Other than a freeze, it worked quite well. It’s a pretty common sense set-up.
One of the reasons I chose the nook over the Kindle was my unwillingness to give up price-shopping, so being able to easily put other books on the device was important. The nook community calls this “sideloading”, and it’s done with the USB cord.
Opened Calibre, plugged the nook into the Mac, highlighted a few books I wanted to move, hit “send to device” and off they went to the nook. Yay!
Now, to my bad habit. I’m inherently lazy and all those books I bought in secure eReader at Fictionwise? I never downloaded those to my computer. Just opened the Stanza app on the iPod and reached out and grabbed them over the air.
So I went to Fictionwise and grabbed a half-dozen of them. Downloaded them, then added them to Calibre. Plugged the nook in, sent those books and there they are. That easy.
(Okay, it would have been easy if not for the freezing issue. Whether it was glitching because I was doing stuff with it or the battery was shifting because I was moving it around, I don’t know, but the rebooting was a pain.)
Now, one thing if you’re planning to use your nook for a lot of 3rd party (sideloaded) content—those are saved in a “My Documents” subfolder, so they’re not part of the pretty cover scroll nor are they accessible to the B&N eReader app on your smartphone. Those features are for the B&N Library. That’s okay because I want to read, not sit and scroll through the pretty pictures. Little bit of a bummer that, once the syncing last page across devices is available, all of those books won’t be included, but I don’t see a lot of reading on the iPod in my future anymore.
I love the look. I love the feel. I was able to put the books I already have on there. (Or I will once I’ve downloaded them and added them to Calibre. And those pesky books for the Kindle app…we’ll see about those at some point.)
The ONLY thing I don’t like about it is the freezing up. This is widespread enough that I believe B&N will offer a fix for it very soon and, in the meantime, I like the device enough I’m willing to put up with it…a little.
So that’s it for now, I guess. I haven’t even had it 24 hours yet, so there’s only so much I can say. But right now I’m not regretting slicing open the shrink wrap.
As I said, I’m not very technical, but if you have any questions, I can try to answer them. Or I can yell for help when Romanceland’s Digital Dream Team returns from the Tools of Change conference.
EDITED TO ADD: I was just reading a bit more on it and, I don’t think the page refresh is any faster than the Sony 505, but I do think the “flash” is a little less pronounced. Nice.