04-21-2012 06:10 PM
To the OP:
Yes, take the plunge!!! They are just great! But at this point, wait until the new Glow-Lite NST comes out to make a decision as to which one. (May 1st)
Re: Which device to get? IMO the e-ink just "feels" more like a "real" book. It is a little easier on your eyes, you can read outside with it, and the battery lasts much longer. On the other hand, the magazines (original page "flippy" ones, not the apps) are pretty fabulous on the NT. And if you set it in night mode, you can read books in bed without the light. But reading outside isn't great and the battery doesn't last as long. Choices, choices, choices.
If you set up under a single account, you can also share magazines subscriptions (if available for the device) and apps (NC/NT.) It's definitely the easier way to go to share stuff, but someone will have to be "in charge."
Questions for the others:
1) If they are going to try to purchase ebooks with different credit cards on the account, the sisters will have to go to the website to purchase the books each time in order to indicate which credit card buying with, right? They won't be able to buy straight from the device, or will they? And as the cc# unlocks the DRM, are there any long term pros and cons of buying this way? Bringing it up because recently, went to sideload a book purchased about a year ago with another cc# and.... I don't have the number anymore (can't find it anywhere.) Got around it by archiving it and redownloading it. Just wondering if purchasing with more than one cc# might pose other issues (that haven't thought of yet.)
2) You can attach up to 3 different gift cards to an account at any one time. Is there a way they can attach the gift card, make their purchases, and then go into the account and "unattach" the card? Otherwise, purchases just go to the first card on the account, assuming it has a balance, right?
There is no way to designate a specific credit card when you purchase an eBook, regardless of whether or not you purchase from the device or the website. It will always use the default credit card automatically. Each person would have to go to the website and change the default credit card before making any purchases. Personaly, I think that could get very confusing. As you found, archiving and unarchiving changes the credit card used for the DRM if you've changed the credit card since the original purchase.
If you have gift cards associated with the account, it will use those first, so I suppose you could add and delete gift cards, but, that has no bearing on what is used to create the DRM, it will aways be the default credit card on file at the time of download.
Except for the magazines and apps, and, if it is a NST, apps are irrelevant and magazines would be in B&W, IMHO, it's easier to have separate accounts.
- Having all of them on one account means everyone gets everyone else's choices in books on their device.
- If one person archives the book, it gets archived on all the devices when they are synced to the account.
- If two people are reading the same book and they sync to the website, it is going to want to try and sync the pages read, however, I usually get the option to sync to the farthest page read or not.
I think the added steps changing the default credit card before each purchase makes the process much less seamless. It also pretty much eliminates the ability to purchase directly from the device.
My recommendation is unless you want to share magazines or apps or you don't want to have to sideload and you are willing to use the same credit card, it is much easier to have separate accounts and just sideload.
04-21-2012 09:54 PM
Finally, I will occasionally lend out my e-ink nook to a friend to try out and read a few books. The one aspect we don't use is the "Lend Me" feature; but that's also available for some books.
So you see, there are many ways to share digital books.
The prices of used Nook Touchs (which you can use for loaning) are really reasonable. Consider: http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/ele/2960044539.h
Nook Touch, and Nook Touch Limited Edition: B&N 1.2.1 rooted
Nook 1stEd/3G (two): B&N 1.7.0 rooted.; Acer Iconia A500: Android 4.0.3 rooted;
Nook Color: B&N 1.4.3 rooted; Samsung Galaxy Tab2 (7.0"): Android 4.2.2 rooted
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04-22-2012 11:41 AM
I have gifted 2 books to my friend, she gets an email, clicks on it and when she opens her Nook it is there.