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NOOK Simple Touch ™ is a unique reader, for today which gives a maximum of freedom to the reader if he, of course, is not too lazy to receive full (root) access to the Android system . All devices for reading of electronic books on e-ink anyhow limit the user (in formats, applications, access to resources). NOOK Touch has eliminated the majority of these restrictions, and this is its most important advantage.
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NOOK Touch is pleasant to hold, to touch the body, it is very well constructed. Perfect work, good functionality. All top-level!
I bought this product because I wanted an ereader to use on the subway, and I didn't want to use my ipad. (I still carry books around.) I also wanted something that actually did exactly what I wanted it for - to read ebooks. The Kindle is superior in the experience of purchasing Amazon products. It also lets you read ebooks. There's a difference.
The Nook Simple Touch's reading experience is superior to that of the kindle. The touchscreen technology and page-turning is fast. The battery lasts 1.5 months. It has extra options for setting font size and type. It's a nice compact size you're comfortable holding for extended periods of time. It is non-slip, and curved to fit a holding hand.. It has expandable memory in the form of a microSD slot. It fits in a coat pocket. It doesn't force ads down your throat. It's under $100.
My only quibble with the device is that it could get better value out of its wifi connection. Setting up an API for service providers to create plug-ins shouldn't have been that much of a burden. I honestly don't care so much, because I have a smartphone, but I'd trade battery life to occasionally check email or the time.
Also, it could do better with 'collection'/list management, and it could better incorporate any embedded description tags in the ebooks. When you have hundreds of books, the search function is useful but browsing isn't as much. The Kindle has this problem too.
Another issue, affecting nearly all ereaders, is the difficulty they have in rendering PDFs.
How often do you get to pick the superior product while also discouraging the formation of a media distribution monopoly at the same time? Amazon requires a credit card in your account set up to use kindles. It has been known to unilaterally revoke/remove ebooks from kindles, if it runs into a dispute with the publisher.
I prefer reading on the simple touch over kindle, kindle touch, ipad, laptop or desktop. It's easy to hold for extended periods of time. The touch screen experience is superb; much faster than the kindle, and still a little faster than the kindle touch.
Don't let anyone tell you that ebooks are replacements for real books. Ebooks have superior portability and possibly better annotation functionality, but at the end of the day what you bought from most vendors is a non-transferrable license to read something. And they can change the rules of that license whenever they find it worth the hassle. You don't 'own' an ebook. You can't resell it. You almost definitely can't lend it to 100 friends. And you can't download it to all your devices (kindle app on desktop, on iphone, on tablet, etc., kindle upgrade/replacement) if the number of devices exceeds a variable number of maximum downloads set by the publisher. Ebooks are degraded 'defective by design' products, and should always be cheaper than an actual book. I'd set the right price at 1/2 to 2/3 of the paperback price.
Always demand ereaders that can read open formats, and have external memory slots.
In general this is a great product. On a whole the device works just as it is designed for, the display is easy to read, the pages turn fluidly. The fonts available are pleasing to the eye and easy to read. The search function within the texts works really well and is easy to navigate. The bookmarks function is very useful, though it would be better if it was possible to select certain bookmarks to delete rather than the only choice being to delete all at once.
It has a few software flaws e.g. where for some forms of Ebooks it won’t accurately tell you which page you are up to on the home page, it just says up to page one.
The web browser is also an issue, I know this is not one of its advertised functions and I barely use it, however for me it will no longer connect to the internet it will only go to the Barns and Noble bookstore. When the device was brand new the browser worked well (a bit slow a clunky, but it worked), now it will not access any other web pages.
The Nook is a great product! I am so in love with the easy to read display, the swipe to turn the page option, and how simple it is to purchase more books. I am not super pleased with the internet, but that is not why I bought this product. So if you are looking for a product to use the internet with a lot, I don't know that this would be the best. But for reading books, it is perfect.
I am a hellacious reader. Sometimes I'd run out of books to read in my spare time. So when ereaders joined the forefront of literature, I thought long and hard as to which one I would buy. So I ran a little experiment - I bought my husband a Kindle for Christmas. Oh, he loved it. It was just a plain one with no bells and whistles. He was very happy with it so I thought that may be the one for me; until I went into my neighborhood Barnes and Noble to check out the Nook. The person I spoke to was an absolute whiz when it came to explaining the differences between the Kindle and the Nook. Well, she sold me the Nook. So instead of paying full price in the B & N store, I went to ebay and found a refurbished one for $50. cheaper than a new one. It works like a dream and it's so easy to download a book or a magazine. I am able to read the Sunday New York Times, especially the book section of the paper. I am so glad I did my homework when it came to ereaders. The Nook was the best choice for me. I take it everywhere!
Very nice device. For me it holds the gap between regular PC and a phone/communicator. It's actually a tablet, but even more: it's one of the best companions for you to store and read your book collection. And it made and organized in that way.
I've bought it not because it's a reader: there are enough other reading devices which can work with multiple file formats, play music, play tetris etc. But because it is "a reader and more". Inside it is an Android tablet. So let's just show its secret nature from the inside and bring to the sunlight the whole power: install some apps, then go to the internet, start a calendar planner, add a message into a blog, even buy a memory extension card in a online shop. Perfectly, it's a nice tablet! Yet, it's not a "iPad" :) It is the device aimed for text input into a user. It does the best with its e-ink screen. But the screen is b/w, slow on update, the tab has no camera, no 3G internal modem, no audio functionality at all: it's a reader! Very good one, with perfect screen, good "soft-touch"-covered case and easy access to B&N online book shop. It fits in hands very well. It looks solid and feels the same. And in basic functionality it is easy and cosy to use. You even feel yourself that the device can do much more than just to be a reader. And it really can. Making a rooting is a simple? but after it we get a nice small tablet which you can set up and use for reading not only your books, but also for internet surfing, mail reading and more. It's a digital assistant, and it helps you to save your eyes with its e-ink display.
It has a questin about battery. In "browsing mode" after rooting it becomes a some sort of battery eaters: it uses Wi-Fi and updates a screen too often, and a smll battery ends early. But the tab automatically turns off Wi-Fi when not in use. So I started from 100% this morning and now (this evening) still see that 100% indication while I'd left the device turned onn and unplugged to power source. No problem! And a nice portrait on the screen.
Sure, the best of it is a reader. It has very convenient controls: hardware buttons and touch screen. Use what you like! Fonts are done well. No questions about spare parts of a OS. No a single crush.
So I very glad to own such a good device. I'm happy.
For a simple ereader, look no further than this Nook simple touch. Very impressed at the features, size, low eight and the awesome eink display! If you like to read books, newspapers and such, then this simple device is all you need.
The downside is that its a very limited device; can only use it with B&N's system, so you can't even use web browsing, email and such. I'm very surprised this doesn't come with simple apps like sudoku! Everyone I know who reads a lot plays this game and I'm at a loss why this was left out of the ST. But, it makes up for it with the ability to read pdf's and has the expandable microSD card slot as well.
And did I mention this thing is uber light? Once color eink displays hit the market, these types of cheap tablets will be awesome. Once step closer to star trek. :)
The nook was very user friendly, connected right up to my network when I entered the security codes, and was very easy to use.
A word of advice, after purchasing activate your B&N account before starting to work with and use the nook. You cannot register your nook from the nook without an active B&N account. Go to your computer first and start your account!
Other than that small hurdle; setup, download, use, and functionality had been very easy. My wife loves the device!
The hardest part i guess would be that the reading pane is not a touch screen, the bottom section is... my wife still tries to get functionality from the reading pane.
Overall, very satisfied!
This review was taken from CNET and all i can say is the same thing:
PRO: Large library with tens of thousands of e-books, as well as newspapers and magazines; built-in free wireless data network, plus Wi-Fi connectivity (no PC needed); separate capacitive color touch-screen pad for navigation, and a virtual keyboard for notes and annotations; 2GB of internal memory (capable of storing 1,500 electronic books) as well as a microSD expansion slot for additional memory; font style and size are adjustable; displays image files and plays MP3 music files; compatible with Windows and Mac machines; battery is removable and user-replaceable; allows free browsing of full-text books while within Barnes & Noble stores; you can lend certain e-books for up to 14 days free of charge; EPUB format compatibility lets you read free Google Books and loaner e-books from your local library; page turn speeds are faster with firmware upgrade.
The bad: No protective carrying case included; color LCD has an impact on battery life; in-store reading and loaning capabilities come with notable limits and caveats; no support for Word or text files; no ability to download books when outside the U.S., even when on Wi-Fi.
Best ereader I've used. It's light weight and feels pretty good in the hands. The screen is faster, so you can hold down the page turn button now and watch the pages fly by. The screen has a bit better contrast and visibility now too. The battery life is amazing and a huge improvement over the 1st gen nook. The touch screen is nice, and I like being able to touch a word and look it up quickly without having to scroll to it. It comes with 2GB of memory, which some is used for the system. 750MB or so is reserved for B&N content, and 240MB is available to side load your own books or whatever with. You can still fit a good bit of books with 240MB. It accepts microSD cards, which are really cheap these days, so you can expand memory up to 32GB if need be. The Simple Touch doesn't really do much else than read ebooks really well (no games, web surfing, etc.) without rooting it and installing Android. I don't see most users doing that though. If you want a really good straight forward ereader to read books really well with, you can't beat this thing.