08-10-2010 03:37 PM
This is something I've been looking for ever since I got my nook. Graphic novels and/or manga available to conveniently carry with me everywhere. It seemed like an ideal pairing considering many graphic novels are printed in black and white...
While the selection seems somewhat limited at this time, we do have a few graphic novels available right now for the nook. I purchased and downloaded Christine Feehan's Dark Hunger to see how the nook would handle it.
The first thing I noticed is that the download time was Much longer than for any other book I've downloaded (not surprising considering the file is much bigger than the typical epub). Once downloaded my nook seemed to have trouble opening the file (errors and force close fun). After a couple of tries, the file opens and.....my page counter believes there's only 9 pages to this product. But once I started flipping through the book it seems so far the other pages are included, however they don't display or affect the page counter at the bottom of the nook. Picture quality is what I'd expect from the screen and eink display however the text in some areas is a little difficult to read.
I see this as a positive move for the nook, a way to make the device appealing to an even wider audience and keep the nook competing with other ereaders (sony's ereader already offered graphic novels and manga). However, there are certainly improvements that can be made to improve this and other reading experiences. The often requested Zoom function would make it easier to read graphic novels and look at different illustrations included in other books (such as the illustrations included in the eBook editions of LotR).
Has anyone else found other graphic novels/mangas for the nook through B&N - and if you have, what are your experiences with them?
08-10-2010 03:50 PM
My daughter purchased her Manga through Sony... Comparison here - For The Manga Fans
08-10-2010 03:55 PM - edited 08-10-2010 03:56 PM
Did the sideloaded sony have the same issue with the page numbers being off? I'm wondering if that's a problem for epubs with massive file sizes because I've loaded some of my own image intensive files as pdfs on my nook and their page numbers display fine.
08-10-2010 04:05 PM
Troublemaker by Janet and Alex Evanovich came out as a graphic novel but I was afraid I would miss out on something if I put it on my Nook since it wouldn't be in color. So I opted to buy the actual book instead. It's the first actual hard copy book I've purchased since getting my Nook in February. And I really don't want to buy regular books anymore except for cookbooks. I just love reading on my Nook!
08-10-2010 04:12 PM
I understand your concern. When it comes to colored works a computer or the ipad would be more appropriate for viewing the digital editions of them...at least the first time. I'm currently working on taking a colored webcomic I've read and trying to convert it for my nook - it's still readable but it does lose something in the translation.
08-11-2010 08:30 AM
The page number issue may be because the pages are split up. I have the Kick-Ass comics on my nook, and I've adjusted them to display on their side.. meaning I have to turn the Nook to read them. Even though I have to 'flick' once to see the bottom of the page, that is still considered one page.
08-11-2010 03:30 PM
The page number issue I'm seeing is a little more drastic than that (displays 9 pages, 1-7 are title page, publisher info, table of contents, ect and page 8 seems to be the whole novel - very strange.)
08-11-2010 04:29 PM
Don't care so much about page numbering - BUT Is it too small to read ? Putting a full page American/English style Graphic Novel page on a nook makes it way too small to read.
PC based reader software specializing in graphic novels (such as CDisplay or ComicRack) get around this by zooming in. If the page is too big to fit then each "page" turn pans around on the page. When all has been seen it then goes to the next page.
This ease of use is what the nook needs in order to be a half-decent Graphic Novel reader
08-11-2010 05:57 PM
I have pretty good eyes most days but the text is a little difficult to read. Different shapes and styles of text in different contrasts - it's a little hard on the eyes. BUT since it's B&N offering the material there is a faint glimmer of hope that they will support the product and make improvments for the reading experience
08-11-2010 06:45 PM
I loaded Sandman onto my nook to test it. It was almost impossible to read. Manga is slightly easier because of it's smaller size, but the text is still tiny. Nook either needs a way to zoom and slide PDFs like the sony readers, or it needs a slightly larger screen.