Pros Easy to use. Allows me to download checked out books from my library (which is the main reason I bought it over the kindle). Size and weight are great - feels very comfortable reading.
Cons Not really any that are important to the main function of the nook (which is reading books!)
Summary I got my kindle 2 weeks ago and just returned from a long trip where I read my first 4 books on the nook. I just have to say I'm hooked. I had never considered an e-reader until I discovered I could check out digital books from my public library and download them onto the nook (which you can't do with the kindle). I thought it might be difficult to transition to an e-reader from 'real' books, but after the first couple of chapters, I didn't even notice the difference. It did take me a little while to figure out the easiest way to turn hold the book and turn the pages, but I think everyone will have a different take on what works for them. I have to say that I'm laughing at the reviews that complain about the web interface or the keypad - yes, they are a little slow and clunky, but they serve their purpose and that's not why you buy a nook. I have no trouble at all with the touchpad interface for selecting, buying and reading my books - I find it very easy and intuitive to use.
Pros - Allt the usual benefits of an e-reader.
- Feels great to hold for a long read over the Kindle.The padded/rubber back is nice to hold.
- Cheap! Light! Good battery life!
Cons - GLARE. See below for more.
- Slower response than the Kindle.
- Shorter battery life than the Kindle.
Summary This is a great device overall.
The Nook has one glaring problem. Glare. The designers of the Nook did a great job making a device that looks... well, great. However, by deciding to follow the iDesign school of thought and using shiny plastic and a shiny black bevel, this reader catches light from pretty much any angle. The screen stays relatively glare-free, but there is always a stray light source from somewhere. The touchpad acts as a little mirror, allowing you to see yourself, the light, or the ceiling fan above you quite often.
Why, oh why couldn't this be matte? I have a lot of difficulty with screen glare induced headaches, so this, sadly, meant the Nook had to go back. Come out with a smooth matte finish, and we're on!
Great device if you don't mind the little bit of glare.
Pros Version 1.5 update:
- Fast page turns
- ebook organization (tagging using 'shelf')
- password protection
Cons Low battery life
Summary I have been an owner of nook for quite sometime now. The best part I love about it is that BN (until now) has provided free updates with additional functionality even to existing users, unlike competitors who are releasing newer versions of their product altogether for the additional functionalities, thus leaving existing customers high and dry !
Pros Ease of use and downloading of books, but that is about all.
Cons After purchasing my Nook in May of 201, I am sending back my FOURTH Nook because of ongoing problems with the e-ink technology. Each time I have been sent a "refurbished" Nook, not a new one. The last one has lasted just 6 weeks. For the first time I h
Summary Once again, I am awaitng receipt of my FIFTH Nook in just a little over a year. Very, very disappointed in the quality of this product AND the fact that Barnes & Noble misrepresented the price of bestsellers, as well as excluding all e-book purchases from their "coupons." Once I have finished reading the remaining books on my Nook, I will never repurchase such a shabby product. Completely disgusted with something so overpriced. I should have bought a Kindle.
Pros Nice feel, good screen (having a non-touch main screen is great-anybody see the filthy color touch screens on those devices (I just don't like having to always clean my 'reading' screen), easy to use, can 'borrow' books from your local library
Cons Slow with Bibles. Slow with the web, but that is really not the purpose of this product-probably should not be on it. Slightly glitchy touch screen at times (unresponsiveness, but doesn't make it unusable)
Summary Let me start by telling anyone reading this to please feel free to comment. I am looking for a little help understanding this product. I really like it overall & am enjoying it. For the most part, it is a pleasure to use. Purchasing, downloading, sideloading books from my local public library using Adobe Digital Editions is a breeze & was the single biggest selling point for me as the kindle (my other consideration) can not do this. Using the touch screen is pretty easy too, although even with the 1.5 update, it can be a little quirky & unresponsive at times. Page turns are notably faster with the update too.
I am puzzled however, by the slowness of using Bibles with it. Maybe I don't understand this kind of product fully, but I have a 6-7 year old palm Tungsten E PDA which has a 133 Mhz TI OMAP processor and 32 mb internal memory. I have always run a ton of apps on it, one of which is a Bible app. I have multiple translations loaded up & can switch back & forth quickly & easily. Looking up passages by chapter & verse is also very fast. The nook however, is a totally different story here. I have read that it has something like a 667 Mhz processor, but man is it slooooow & very cumbersome with Bibles!!!! Looking up a passage of scripture takes forever. If you have been reading something else & go back to the Bible & try to look up a passage, you have to wait for all the book/chapter references to load all over again, each time, which takes several seconds. Then you have to page & scroll to the book & chapter you want. The whole process takes forever! It is literally instantaneous on my old palm. Is it just Bibles, or is it the same way with other large books? I read a lot of nook owners posting on the web about this.
I like the nook very much, and enjoy the e-ink reading experience. It is comfortable to hold, and the screen is a pleasure to look at. I have the accessory cover with the built-in booklight. It snaps onto the nook with a very nice fit, has 3 LED lights, that can be adjusted to many positions. The light is double-hinged, & folds down flat into the base where there is a switch that depresses automatically, turning the light off & then on when it is raised. The hinged mechanism is metal, has a frosted lense over the 3 LED's, and makes low-light or reading in the dark very nice (a lot like an actual book). It takes 2 AAA batteries, so no special cells to buy, & has a really nice protective cover that covers the entire screen & front of the nook. A very nice accessory.... I'm normally not big on accessories, but this one is well worth the $50. The only negative is the cover is a little floppy when opened, but is strongly attached. I take the nook with me to read in the car while I wait to pick up my kids from school & the reading experience with natural outdoor light is also impressive & a lot like a regular book as well.
I am really puzzled by the slowness thing with the Bibles (and maybe other large books with a lot of references???). Can anybody shed some light on this?