If I am shopping at a Target or Walmart and notice a book that interests me I would like to be able to scan the bar code of the book, and have it automatically open the browser on my phone to the NOOK title of the same name. That way I can easily add it to my wish list or buy a Barnes and Noble book right there in a competitors store!
Wouldn't that be awesome?
I have a nook simple touch which I really like. However, I have seen almost no real software enhancements and too much emphasis on hardware.
My suggestions on *necessary* enhancements that are causing me to reconsider the new kindle:
1. The nook needs password protection. (not wifi password) password to log into the nook. kindle has it. I have kids and I read trash and I like trash, but I don't want my kids reading it.
2. Better book organization software on the simple touch. Right now to add a book to a shelf you have to bring up the shelf, go through all your books to add the new book. If you have many books, this is a very tedious process. It would be great to be able to go to the book and then add it to the self you want. It would be great to have better book management software.
Please put the battery dischage level on the Quick Settings window. It's patently dumb to have to go three levels deep in the control structure to get such basic info. The icon on the Status bar just doesn't give the info that the Battery Dischage graph gives.
My suggestion is that there's a faster way to add a single book to a shelf. Add an "add to shelf" button in the information screen when you double tap a book in your library. That way, if you want to add a new book to a shelf, it's fast and easy instead of scrolling through your book list in the shelf edit menu. With it only sorted by title, if you have a book in the later alphabet, adding a book to a shelf is tedius.
So in summary. Double tap a book to bring up the book info screen. Press "Add to Shelf". Pick the shelf. Done.
Also, you could add a "Shelves:" item in the information page to show what shelves a book is already part of.
There doesn't seem to be any way to search "mynook" on the website. Obviously once you have a lot of items, this is a problem. Having to scroll through 100 books to find something is just crazy.
It would also be nice to be able to sort by date purchased. This is needed on the website, apps, and nooks. Currently sort is a little erratic, but it puts anything at the top of the list even if you just opened it to see what it was. This way I could easily find something I bought last week or last month. Or I could do a reverse sort to find things I bought a long time ago.
I had high hopes when I bought my first Nook. Systematically, as the line expanded and I "bought up," those hopes have been dashed.
The absurdities crowd in on themselves. A "tablet" without a Facebook app? I can't put the Chrome browser on an Android-based tablet? I can't side-load applications like my password manager because they represent a "security risk"? Whose security? You claim that users have access to Google Play on the HD but, in fact, we don't have access to the entire store.
People come here and ask for this-and-that and the-other-thing. But really, all people ever needed and need now is for B+N to treat them like customers, instead of like ATMs. I bought the first Nook, then the Nook Color, then the Nook Tablet, then the Nook HD. These products do not evince the design of giving the buyers what they want and need. These products do not evince any evidence that B+N looked to customer satisfation first, profit second. Marketing concerns about tying buyers to the B+N brand, overcame customer service concerns of making the customer want to come back for more. But, you generate profit by satisfying customers. The old saying is, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. I'm nuts.
Now, I don't like Amazon, the company, and I don't buy books there. So, I come to B&N, a company I've been patronizing for more than 30 years, well back into brick-and-mortar days. And I find that here, marketing plans are still revolving around rent-seeking and not around offering new, interesting and useful ways for me to enjoy the products I've purchased.
My wife is worried by reports that B+N is dumping the Nook lines, because they're unprofitable. They're unprofitable because the organization worked on making them profitable, instead of working on making them the reader/tablet everybody would want to have. Stop it.
Now, here's my little feature list.
- Either let me side-load apps, or open up the whole Google Play store. I want every app that I use on my Samsung S3 available for my Nook.
- Zinio. Some magazines (like The New Scientist) publish the digital edition through Zinio. No Zinio app for my Nook, so I can't read my digital edition of the magazine on it.
- Facebook. I mean, really.
- Unlock the "share" function in the reader, so that I can share all books and not just ones I bought at B&N.
- Be the first e-reader to unlock the "copy" function, so I can copy squibs out of the books when I'm researching. I realize that these absurd DRM rules are mixed up in this. But I buy a lot of DRM-free books (most technical ebooks are now DRM free), and being able to save material would be very useful.
- Make the research features that are available in Nook Study available in the Nook ereader products. With all the research I do, it would be a huge help if I could copy an important text and get a cite for it at the same time. I had really hoped that ereaders would give me a leg up on the tediousness of typing out passages and formatting cites.
- Frankly, the product search is horrible. If I search for "Google Maps," I don't want to see a zillion search results of books with the word "map" in the title.
You can look at the history of emerging product lines and see the examples of companies that totaled hosed the line, fixed the problem and established themselves. The Nook has all the basics in place for a solid line of tablets and readers. Somebody just needs to step up, kick the marketing droids out of the conference room, and settle down to the question, "How can we turn our Nook users into raving fans?"
I would love for the on-line wish list to be available on the nook. As it is, you have to create a separate wish-list on the nook, and if you purchase a book on-line that is on your nook wish-list then the book does not disappear from the nook wish-list. Annoying.
I have multiple Nooks. I tend to buy all the books in a series. I buy lots of books. Organizing things to be able to find what I want quickly is a pain..Especially when I have to go add a book to a shelf on multiple devices. I have already seen the idea of allowing shelf management on a PC. I will go a step further...no matter where I make a shelf, make it propagate to every device and my online library. Even better...when I buy a book in a series, automatically put that book in a shelf with the series name on it (create the shelf if it doesn't exist) and save me the trouble of trying to figure it out. Also, allow specification of order in the shelf so the books show up in the proper order rather than alphabetically...and even automate this if possible. Try to get the method of adding a book to a shelf on NookHD+ to work on Nook Simple Touch. Why should I have to go through every page to try to select what books go on what shelves...my SimpleTouch has over 70 pages to go through and that is painful. Allow automatic shelf filters to allow making some types of shelves easier (think iTunes automatic playlists) so I can create a self-managing shelf on date of publication, author, series, rating, recently purchased, recently read, and so forth. Even better, allow tags to be put on books and allow self-managing shelf based on tag.
I may have missed a post on this, but I would really like to know how to flag books that I've already read. (Or have the ability to do so added.) I recently switched from the Nook Color to Nook HD+ and have had to redownload my books. I'm not sure which ones I have read now and usually have to wait until I open to know for sure.
Suggested this on the old Issues & Suggestions board to no avail (the board that dissappeared about a year ago), but IMO it is worthy of being suggested again. So here goes.
It would be particularly helpful for non-fiction books if users had the ability to export their highlights and notes to either a txt or doc for quick reference. (Though some English majors might like this for their studies as well, so I am in no way suggesting this feature be limited to non-fiction.) From reviewing other software on the market, this is clearly doable because:
- My original Sony reader (purchased back in 2009 prior to the NE1 going on sale) could do this --- admittedly it wasn't perfect, truncated highlights at 100 or 200 characters --- but it was doable.
- There are currently some independent reading programs available on GooglePlay that will do this now.
Realize that B&N and/or the publishers may have concerns about users highlighting entire books, downloading all the highlights and then sharing the download (and they end up losing a sale.) Don't really think this is going to happen, but recognize that it is a concern. To that end, maybe you could implement it this way (or something like it):
1) Allow for a continuous highlight to export to 2500 or 3000 characters (allow us a full paragraph here and there.)
2) You can set some kind of maximum export % per book. For example, say no matter how much I highlight, it will only export up to 50% of the total character count in the book.
Here's two examples of where it would be useful:
1) Technical books: Some of them are kind of big. (I have one thats about 4000 pages.) It's just kind of unwieldly to use the bookmarks/highlights/notes feature in the book. (Mind you,I am glad it's there for the first run-through.) Just would be nice if I could export the 100 or so pages of notes that are important to me for quick reference.
2) Travel books: Now travel books in ebook format sounds great, doesn't it? You would think they would be a perfect fit together. Load up travel books on your tablet in advance, read and highlight what you want to see, what restaurants you might want to visit, museums, etc. Only carry the tablet instead of 3 books. Sounds like a great idea, right? But chances are, the order of your trip won't follow the order of the book. And you find yourself flipping through the book, muttering "Now what was the name of that restaurant, where's the highlight?" Where if I could have exported this info in advance, could have re-arranged it according to date, put in some "if you have extra time, check out xxxx" etc. As it was, I found myself going to the paper book I brought along more often (those little post-it notes made it easier.)
IMO, this is a practical, "reading centric" feature that I hope B&N will implement into their software. Thanks for considering it.
It would be so much nicer if I could search for a book and then add it to a shelf instead of having to go through almost a hundred books just to add a book to a shelf.
It would be nice if the Simple Touch would stop locking up also.
A lot of people have a Nook, but don't really know anyone with similar interests to borrow books from. The Nook should help find Nook friends with similar books and interests. This way, people will find Nook friends to share book reviews, quotes, and borrow books from. This kind of like Picked Just for You in the Nook shop, only used to help find Nook friends.
I'm trying to use the library section of "My Nook" on the B&N site, and wanted to recommend that with all teh filters you do have, why not filters for things like "Samples, "Lend me", "Pre-order" and other book tags the site already uses. As it is, anything that isn't aperiodical or a textbook is all under the only "book" filter, so finding anything in there is fairly difficult. Other tags that could/should be used/added (and then filterable) would include Genre, Omnibus/Series Editions (e.g. https://mynook.barnesandnoble.com/productDetail.html?ean=9780345541178&deliveryId=686751162 and https://mynook.barnesandnoble.com/productDetail.html?ean=9780307974174&deliveryId=189799646), etc.
Thanks for considering this request.
Would be nice to allow different content to be downloaded to different reading devices. I read Nook books on my Nook Simple Touch and on my iPad and iPod Touch, using the Nook apps. Of the three devices, the Nook Simple Touch is the most memory-limited (I have over 1000 Nook books), so I end up archiving books to free up memory on the Nook that I do not really want to remove from the other two devices. Of course, the next time I sync the iPad or iPod, the books I had to archive due to the Nook's lack of memory space are removed from the iPad/iPod. I only read textbooks on the iPad, so would like to avoid having them automatically download on the Nook and filling up the memory. There should be an option to turn off automatic downloading, and allow users a choice of which device to download to. Additionally, it would be nice to allow users to remove a book from one device, without having to archive.
When I add or edit a shelf to the HD+, I have to use a list of my books that is alphabetyized by title. All the other presentation give me a choice by title or author. The more useful would be if the "manage..." list were by author than title.
Also, once a number of shelves have been created, there needs to be a way to keep them in a particular order.
There should be a subscription page. Currently it takes you to your mynook magazine library and you have to search through every magazine to find a subscription.
The fact that you can't search for anything in your library makes it worse.
I assume it's been setup this way to make it more difficult to unsubscribe. It seems to me it used to be much easier.
I should be able to unsubscribe from my nook as well. It should be an option in the item details. There is a subscribe button that gets greyed out once you subscribe. Instead it should change to an unsubscribe button!
When I look for new, free, and popular books, I have to filter through hundreds of pages of adult novels. It's not only embarassing if other people are in the room, it's hard to look at things I might be interested in with things I don't want to be looking at distracting me. We like to keep our home and minds free from that junk. If other people want to read it, that's fine, but for both children and adults, there should be an option to filter those results out on the B&N website and the nook store.
Tot education game apps mixed in with reference apps that grownups would use. Okay if there's only a couple pages of apps, but it's a nightmare wading through it all trying to browse for what might work for me. Like looking for a needle in a haystack. Can we get more sub categories to help us out here? Would save on batteries and TIME if we weren't spending three to four times as long looking for what we might need. I tend to just give up after a while. Separate GAMES from apps with specific functions.