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gobasso
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Tablets too distracting for reading?

Interesting article in NYTs this morning. My son, 15 years old, prefers his NST because he can't be distracted by all that other stuff. I have to agree. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/business/media/e-books-on-tablets-fight-digital-distractions.html?...
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bobstro
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

Much to my own surprise, I agree. I consciously made the choice to go back to the B&N 1.4.x firmware on my NC simply to cut down on distractions. Since then, I've read 12 books I've been meaning to for a long time. Running CyanogenMod on the device, I spent as much time playing with the device, getting it set just so, as I did reading.

 

After using my "reader-focused" NC in this mode, I picked up a NST and now quite appreciate the simplicity. Though I did root it. I can't go ALL the way back to basics! :smileyhappy:

 

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moose_tracker
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

well in this Book Club we are preaching to the choir.. Most of us are happy with the NTS for it's simple basics and high battery life..

 

But, I did get my son 21 a Galaxy tab for xmas. He wanted an ereader.. I wanted one large gift which made gift giving easier then 5 small gifts. So at first I was getting him the NT, but we moved to ht Galaxy after the whole app lockdown mess..

 

Anyway, he was originally wanting it for reading.. A month later asked if he had read anything. He hadn't.Then a little later, he had pulled down a book on Peter Pan.. Obviously a freebie, he wasn't into.. I then sideloaded a book I had just finished and I thought he would like..

 

He raced through it in two days, and now has picked up some other book (I think "The Lightning Theif" which I could have swore I got him the book when it was a new arrival, with rave reviews..)  Well anyway, after jumpstarting him, he remembered the true purpose of the Tablet was so he could read..

 

I did not have that issue with the NTS.. I used it for reading straight away.. Wasn't much else I could do with it.

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LarryOnLI
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

I agree completely with this.

 

I started with a N1E, and found I read on it faster than when reading a physical book.

 

About a year ago my employer provided me with an iPad that I need to carry for work. I now take longer to finish a book, and read fro much less time before being distracted by something else on the iPad.

 

However I continue using the iPad, because even though it is the less capable eReader, I need to carry it for work, and do not want to carry two multiple devices everywhere.

 

AlanNJ
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

When I read books I only read on my Nook Simple Touch. I have the Nook app on my tablet but never use it for reading. I just find reading on my Nook to be a much better experience. When I read I read. When I want to surf I surf. I never combine the two. They are exclusive.

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MacMcK1957
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

I have heard some people complain that the NST dropped the browser, the Sudoku and chess games, even the clock, that were in the N1E.  I love it.  I use it to read.  Just read.

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ilexq
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

Agreeing w/Alan and Mac, here. Eventually I will need to get a tablet for work purposes, but I think I'll always have a simple e-ink reader onhand for reading. The lightness and readability and lack of "toys" on it really keep me in bookworm mode. :smileyhappy:

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kamas716
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?

I love my NST for what it is, an eReader.  I've read more books on it in the last 9 months than I had read physical books in the previous 2 years.  It's GREAT for reading. 

 

I bought my wife a NT for her birthday/christmas because she wanted an eReader that she could read her magazines on.  She spends as much time on FaceBook or playing games as she does reading. 

 

I think the NST is darn near perfect, no distractions, no glare, great battery life and it's lightweight.  There are only 3 things I would like to see improved:

  1. Dictionary - could be more functional, easier to search for words and it would be nice if it supported foreign words
  2. Shelving - way too unweildy
  3. wishlist - would be nice if it was synced to the website

 

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Jadjuka
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Re: Tablets too distracting for reading?


AlanNJ wrote:

When I read books I only read on my Nook Simple Touch. I have the Nook app on my tablet but never use it for reading. I just find reading on my Nook to be a much better experience. When I read I read. When I want to surf I surf. I never combine the two. They are exclusive.


I'm the exact same way. Don't have a tablet though due to having an iPhone but if I want to surf the web or plaly games I'll do that. And if I want to read I have my N2E. I don't mix my books with surfing the net.