ikeray wrote:@for the people talking about the library epub
if your library participates in overdrive (most do, but have small-ish collections), you visit the website, put books in your cart (like online shopping), click to download. they get transferred to the Adobe reader and from there you can transfer them to your nook via USB cable. they automatically expire after two weeks. if you have cards for different library systems, you can use all of them.
the nook is the best thing to happen to reading since the gutenberg press. it sucks for anything else though. your internet or gaming experience will be better on your computer/phone/digital watch/tamagotchi.
some other thoughts:
- you can buy books from any seller supporting epub
- you can convert books from other formats (like pdf) to epub using the open source calibre software and load them via usb
- internet access is only needed when actually downloading or purchasing books from the device itself (which you can also do via wifi), so 3G is basically just a drain on battery life unless you're planning to shop for new books while on an epic train or boat voyage. you can turn off 3G/Wifi very easily (two clicks), though they call it "airplane mode."
- memory is expandable to more books than you could read in a lifetime.
- i don't know what that battery life guy was talking about, charging the thing takes around an hour or so; so again, this is only an issue on an epic boat journey. i read whenever i have free time and charge it maybe once a week. you can also use it while plugged in.
- subscriptions are kind of a racket, in that they cost more than print versions.
- likewise, if you're new to ebooks, lending is kind of a nonfunctional gimmick, and ebooks are typically priced on track with paperbacks- used print books will always be a better deal (personally, i think the convenience, access to thousands of free public domain classics, PDF functionality, and savings on bookshelves make it more than worth it).
- as of the last firmware update, page turns are faster on the nook than a physical book. also it will automatically sleep to conserve battery life if you just put it down without turning it off.
- you can turn the pages by moving your finger across the lower touch screen when it is not lit up, mimicking the turn of a physical page. this is AWESOME and a huge sales point over other ereaders for me.
- I can honestly say this gadget, unlike most of the many I own, has significantly impacted my life for the better. It's not about stats or buttons or 3g or whatever, the reviews always focus on that nonsense- it's about being able to have a pleasurable reading experience anywhere that feels "unplugged" but is cheaper, more pleasant, and offers a panoply of choices over the traditional approach.
- Also you can read books you're a little embarrassed about having without other people seeing the covers. Interestingly most of the top sellers at BN are romance novels. This doesn't seem like a big deal, but personally it's nice to sit in a courthouse or meet someone at a firm and, while waiting, catch up on a childhood favorite.