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pinnacle7
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think this should be next eink nook

The new limited edition kobo aura 6.8 inch HD lighted display at 1440×1080 has 1ghz cpu and 4 gigs of storage plus micro card slot all for a eink reader.not sure about the price at 170.00.hope b&n does something along these lines.
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keriflur
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Re: think this should be next eink nook

I'd like see 8gb rather than 4gb in the next nook, as storage at these levels is fairly inexpensive and more is better.

 

I totally support a higher resolution screen.

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5ivedom
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I'd like a HD screen and also something like a flexible or hard-to-break screen.

 

Larger screen size of 7" or 6.8" would be welcome. After using Nook Color and Nook Tablet and Nook HD all the 6" eInk reader screens seem small.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

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Has anybody seen a definitive write up that indicates whether the screen is IR or capacitive? I'll be a little let down if the sexy new screen is still IR-based for input. I was surprised to read that Kobo had done a better job with the Glo technology than either B&N or Amazon (more uniform illumination).
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Re: think this should be next eink nook


bobstro wrote:
Has anybody seen a definitive write up that indicates whether the screen is IR or capacitive? I'll be a little let down if the sexy new screen is still IR-based for input. I was surprised to read that Kobo had done a better job with the Glo technology than either B&N or Amazon (more uniform illumination).

If you aren't the first to market, you'd better learn from your competitor's mistakes.

 

Regardless, that light is still something I'd rather not have on an ereader.  If B&N offers a high-res screen without the light, they'll have my purchase for sure.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

I had one of the nook specialists in one store ( not my usual store)  tell me over Easter weekend that B&N was not going to continue offering two versions of the eink device, but would only be offering a glowlight version. Not sure he knew what he was talking about though, because he went on to say B&N made a big mistake to ever offer the non-glow version. As non-glow was a precursor to glow,  it makes one think the kid was talking out of the wrong end of his body.

 

Perhaps FT or MG could offer some insight.

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bobstro
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Re: think this should be next eink nook

Laurie, perhaps he just meant offering them concurrntly was a bad idea. Then again, one of my son's friends earnestly didn't understand what people did without computers, so perhaps he is that naive.

 

I personally don't have issues with lighted devices. I'm rather fond of using my LCD devices in a low light or dark room. The KPW did look nice in the showroom. My bigger concern would be battery life. So long as it lasts for a month or more unused, I'd be OK with it.

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I suspect the guy was just talking out of his @$$.  Unless he's got a friend with a serious inside track, he doesn't know what they're going to offer, as corporate keeps the stores in the dark.

 

And duh, of course they offered a non-lighted version before they sorted out the lighted version.  If he can't figure out why they did that, I don't think he's got anything else figured out either.

 

:smileyindifferent:

 

Of course that doesn't mean he's wrong about what devices B&N is going to offer.  It just means that if he's right, he's guessed correctly.

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MacMcK1957
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I just don't see how they could offer only the lighted version unless they could come up with some way to drop the price point by at least $30, which just isn't feasible.  Most people aren't willing to pay over $100 for a reader-only device.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

So since the Kobo Aura supports Adobe DRM epubs, does this mean your B&N ebook library would work on it? Cause that could be tempting... :-)
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Re: think this should be next eink nook

As of right now there has been no EOL announcement for the NST.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

Good to know, but the NT discontinuation didn't get a lot of notice either, did it?
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Re: think this should be next eink nook

Internally it did.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

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Htom_Serveaux wrote:
So since the Kobo Aura supports Adobe DRM epubs, does this mean your B&N ebook library would work on it? Cause that could be tempting... :-)

 

That's a good question. I've been close to pulling the trigger on a Kobo Mini for some time now. I won't be able to test on an actual Kobo device, but if I have time this week, I'll load the Kobo app on my tablet and try importing a B&N title. It does work with the Mantano Reader app, so there's no reason Kobo couldn't do it.

 

I'm not sure what relationship, if any, B&N's social DRM has to ADE. The mobileread entry on Adobe DRM makes me think they're compatible, but Kobo would still have to allow the user credentials to be entered somewhere.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook


bobstro wrote:

Htom_Serveaux wrote:
So since the Kobo Aura supports Adobe DRM epubs, does this mean your B&N ebook library would work on it? Cause that could be tempting... :-)

 

That's a good question. I've been close to pulling the trigger on a Kobo Mini for some time now. I won't be able to test on an actual Kobo device, but if I have time this week, I'll load the Kobo app on my tablet and try importing a B&N title. It does work with the Mantano Reader app, so there's no reason Kobo couldn't do it.

 

I'm not sure what relationship, if any, B&N's social DRM has to ADE. The mobileread entry on Adobe DRM makes me think they're compatible, but Kobo would still have to allow the user credentials to be entered somewhere.


Even if the Kobo does not translate the social DRM, it's exceptionally simple to do a mass DRM removal for all B&N ebooks within a collection.  It's much easier to get a collection of nook books, no matter how large the collection, onto the Kobo than it is to get that same collection onto the kindle.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook


bobstro wrote:

Htom_Serveaux wrote:
So since the Kobo Aura supports Adobe DRM epubs, does this mean your B&N ebook library would work on it? Cause that could be tempting... :-)

 

That's a good question. I've been close to pulling the trigger on a Kobo Mini for some time now. I won't be able to test on an actual Kobo device, but if I have time this week, I'll load the Kobo app on my tablet and try importing a B&N title. It does work with the Mantano Reader app, so there's no reason Kobo couldn't do it.

 

I'm not sure what relationship, if any, B&N's social DRM has to ADE. The mobileread entry on Adobe DRM makes me think they're compatible, but Kobo would still have to allow the user credentials to be entered somewhere.


The current Kobo models don't work with B&N drm. This is something that Kobo could implement anytime they wanted to, though, as far as I understand it. ADE's newest update now allows you to read B&N books on it. My understanding is that any device that is compatible with Adobe DRM is capable of reading B&N books (Sony, Kobo, etc) but that the manufacturers have to enable it in the software(or maybe they purposely disable it, I'm not sure).

 

I've been looking at the Kobos. I have my eye on the mini or the glow. When my indy bookstore re-opens (they are temporarily closed for relocation), I'm planning on going in to see if I can play with them some more. I hope they do make them compatible with nook books soon, but if they don't I know how to fix my books.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

I have one of the older Kobo Readers and am not very impressed with it. It's not as well made as Nook ST. It's not even as well made as the Kindles.

 

It's basically the same thing (eInk based eReader). It's just not that well made.

 

Haven't had the need to talk to customer service, but if you go to sites like MobileRead you'll hear some complaints.

 

The new ones might be better made though. No idea how this HD Kobo eInk Reader is. Looking forward to trying it in store.

 

Kobo does have a good book store with good prices. And it has something called Reading Life which is interesting - a way to track your reading.

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5ivedom wrote:

Haven't had the need to talk to customer service, but if you go to sites like MobileRead you'll hear some complaints.


I've had one experience with Kobo CS, and it was very poor, on par with my B&N experiences in the last few years.

 


5ivedom wrote:

And it has something called Reading Life which is interesting - a way to track your reading.


This is integrated in their apps and is so painfully annoying to me that I actually started buying less from them, just to not have to use the app.

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

I am pretty sure that this was the next version of the glowlight. The time adds up pretty much perfectly. Kobo wasn't due for a upgrade until the end of the year. The only company that does a spring release for it's e-reader is B&N. B&N must have turned down the screen or cancled it's order. Which is why this is a limited edition run. Should it sell, Kobo can add it or upgrade with the rest of it's line come the fall. Notice also there is no word from B&N about a new glowlight and we are coming up on that time of year. I saw this in a little more detail on a blog and I think it's pretty dead on. With all the trouble B&N has been having lately I think it was a huge miss if they let this one go. 

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Re: think this should be next eink nook

I doubt B&N would skip or delay its eReader release. That might be a big sign if it does (a sign that B&N might be pulling back on Nook devices).