"Good e-reader at a good price."3.5 starson by scoobydoo82
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?