- Brand Name: Barnes & Noble
- Model Number: NOOK WIFI + 3G
- Color: gray
Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook reader (WiFi + 3G)[B&W]
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- Barnes & Noble brand ebook reader: Nook
- E Ink main display with 16-level gray scale [B&W]
- Color touchscreen navigation panel
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Choose an eBook using the beautiful color touch screen, then watch it appear instantly on the E Ink® display, where text appears as crisp as a printed page. The 16-level gray scale display offers great contrast with no glare or backlight. Choose from five font sizes so you can read with ease.
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I've read a lot of bad press on this little guy. Most of the bad press seemed to stem from consumer reviews, which I honestly take to heart more-so than professional critics. Here is a list of things I've noticed people don't seem entirely too fond of regarding the Nook, and my experience with these 'negative' aspects.
- Battery Life. Although shorter than some e-readers (but not at ALL as short as the Nook color or any tablets you may purchase/already have) I haven't yet felt constricted or nervous that my battery will deplete midway through a book. I would think that considering the era we're in of constantly recharging our phones (I have to recharge my Droid Incredible nearly every 8 hours after moderate usage) we would be a little more forgiving if the Nook only lasts a mere week. I don't mind recharging it once/twice a week while I sleep... I don't think anyone should to be honest, but that's just me.
- LCD touch screen. This is one of those gripes I find somewhat warranted. This is definitely the reason for the shorter battery life (set it to sleep after 10 or 30 seconds, and brightness to about 15%) but my biggest gripe is that it can be unresponsive at times. I never once, however, found the navigation to be clunky or as unresponsive as some people claim... but I think these gripes found in earlier reviews has been remedied through a major update to the Nook firmware. Yay! I found the navigation to be highly intuitive and the built in dictionary highly helpful.
I love this thing. I love being able to read Barnes & Noble classics for free, checking e-books out from the library, and the prospect of sharing books with others who own a Nook. This is an excellent piece of technology, and for the price it's going for right now... a HUGE steal. Get one if you're on the fence, you won't regret it.
It was our household's first e-reader.
There IS a little learning curve at first and expect to need a household pc to talk to it via a usb micro (not MINI) data cable WITH DATA capability (some usb cables are just charge-only) and if you get a used deal on one without a usb micro data+power ability, you are looking at up to $20.00 (unless you get one cheaper taking a risk on a crappier cable).
Only thing is it's hard for someone whose disabled with touching or vision issues to use... though you can increase font size, the rare occasion you have to type something out it's kinda small but that doesn't happen often on the nook itself.
She uses hers mainly to check things out from the Clark County Library District in Las Vegas. Once we registered with the Library, we installed Adobe Digital Editions which is the digital rights management... that took some doing but once in place, you tell the ADE of the nook you have, authorize it, and then from that point on anytime you want to check out a library book you simply go to their site, check out the electronic version which comes into your computer where the ADE recognizes it and outputs it to your nook.
After x amount of days...when the checkout time expires, the file disables itself and you either get another book from the library or re check-in/check-out the same one for another x days.
It makes the public library a whole new experience and that's great because, guess what...your tax dollars paid for it ! and the author gets their cut too.
Win-win all around.
...We've never bought an e-book from barnes and noble yet, and you do have to register the nook with them at first though you don't have to put in a credit card, but that step is probably skippable it's just handy because if you want help from b&n they'll want you to at least register the product with them..not a big deal and it's one-time during your initial set-up procedures (and that's the one time you need to use the aforementioned little hard to type on 'typewriter' display.
(P.S. as a bad pun, I told my wife that if The 3 Stooges owned it, it would be a Nook-Nook-Nook... but I was frowned at. Guess it's funnier if Curley is your favorite stooge. I digress :) )
It really is priceless. It is something that you will continue to use forever if you are an avid reader. It's not just another gadget "fad" that will come & go. It really allows you to take your whole library anywhere you go! How awesome. Did I tell you I LOVE this thing?
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