Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color

I’ve had my Nook for two weeks now, and still love it! That doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

Below are some things I’ve noticed.

Things I like:

I love that you can rest your finger on a word, and then quickly pull up the word’s definition.

love that I can easily highlight or add notes.

One thing I do like is that books and periodicals can be archived to the B&N web site, so that they do not have to consume space on the Nook. If the book has been highlighted, or if notes have been added in the margins, these are preserved. Magazines and newspapers cannot be highlighted; notes cannot be written in the margins.

Because I can adjust text size and page brightness to accommodate for eye fatigue, my love for reading has returned. Too many books in print are published in small, nearly unreadable fonts in order to save paper.

The screen is easy to clean. I use untreated, fabric wipes used for cleaning eyeglasses. I use one slightly damp one, and another to dry the screen off. The nook seems to have more difficulty recognizing “commands” when the screen is dirty.

It seems to recharge quickly.

 Things that need improvement:

It seems to take a long time for e-mail (or any web page) to load.

Deleting an e-mail through the e-mail application does not delete it in my e-mail account. In other words, if I check my mail using a desktop computer, the e-mail that’s been deleted through my Nook is still there.

I can’t say I really enjoy reading magazines on the Nook. The screen is simply too small to enjoy the photographs. One can make the photographs one size larger, but this of course cuts the pictures off. Also, captions are much too small to be read comfortably.

One of the first books I ordered was Stephen King’s Misery. I quickly learned that books by large publishers aren’t much cheaper in the digital format. Misery was $7.99 as a paperback, and as a Nook Book. King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is only a dollar cheaper as a Nook Book. (However, you don’t have to pay shipping, so I suppose that saves at least a few dollars.)

Some of the applications do not have a quick exit feature. You have to repeatedly press the button at the bottom of the nook to escape. Nothing major, but slightly annoying.

Nook does not work with Windows Media Player files. Audio files must be converted to MP3s. I converted a few, but was unhappy with the sound quality. There was no sensation of stereo.

There is no search feature that allows you to search for key words within the notes you’ve taken.

If there is a jpeg embedded in a book (there were two or three in Misery), these cannot be enlarged. The pages in Misery were actually parts of the text, but were unreadable.

You cannot manage your magazine and newspaper subscriptions through the Nook, even though you can log into your account. You must use a computer to do this.

I bought Webster’s thesaurus application. When a word and its associated synonyms are pulled up, the text is very tiny. The text can be enlarged with a screen “pinch,” but then the words extends off the page. You have to move the page back and forth to read it, even if the unit is turned sideways (to form a landscape page).

Barnes and Noble Nook Color — Love it!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

For the first time in many years, my husband and I exchanged gifts. And I received a Nook Color. And I love it!

For anyone used to working with computers, it’s relatively easy to operate. And a user’s manual is included on the device as a free book. (For anyone not familiar with computers, there might be a substantial learning curve.)

For reading books, the font and font sizes can be changed, so that text is easier to read. The manual says that font color can be changed but, sorry, that feature is not included. However, there are several background colors to choose from while reading, and one can reduce or enhance the display brightness.

Searching is easy, as is highlighting and note-taking. One feature I’d like to see in the future is the ability to search one’s notes for key words.

However, Nook has a built-in dictionary that one can access while reading a book. Simply keep your finger on a word, and a menu appears. Select “look up.”

This morning, I was searching for an additional dictionary application. The only one I saw that got good to fair reviews was from Merriam Webster. However, it’s very pricey ($25). I did find one MW version for $14 – don’t know if that’s older and less reliable software, or simply less expensive.

Many magazines are available for Nook, with a 14-day free trial. However, one cannot highlight, look up words, or paste notes when reading a magazine.

For 99 cents each, a number of applications to the device, including a calendar with alarm clock, a calculator, checkers, and scrabble. Great to have on hand if when waiting at the airport, the auto repair shop, or in the kitchen as dinner cooks. There are also many applications created to entertain small children.

As long as there’s a WiFi connection, one can search the web or check/send e-mail.

I haven’t loaded any music to my Nook, but that’s yet another option.

I understand that NetFlix also has a free application for streaming video and television shows – which would be great for long car or plane rides. Of course, one has to be a NetFlix member, which involves an additional fee.

LATER THAT SAME DAY…  I just tried adding music to my Nook. It does not accept Windows Media Player files, which means songs on my computer must be converted to MP3s. I did convert a sampling, but when I played them on Nook, the sound quality was poor. Since music isn’t an important feature to me, I still love my Nook Color.