Example: Taunton Press publishes Fine Cooking magazine. Fine Cooking has a website with features that are provided to subscribers. HOWEVER, they have no record of my subscription, therefore, I am not treated as a subscriber. When will Barnes and Noble, share the information (after asking of course) to provide them my subscription so I can also have the same features as a regular subscriber? NO OTHER PLATFORM has this issue, but Nook.
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.
I wish Barnes & Noble had something similar to Amazon's BookMatch. Essentially a service where if you buy the physical book from B&N you can get the Nook Book version for free, 1, 2, or 3 dollars depending on the book. Basically the book version of digital copy movies.
It would be very helpful if when displaying books on a shelf created for a specific series, an option to display by series order were available. Thanks for considering this suggestion.
I love the way the magazines on my Nook HD+ and Nook Color go into collapsing menus, where I just set one entry for the magazine and I tap it, and I see all of the magazines.
I think it would be nice if there was an option on the library screen to turn that on for authors and/or series. Personally I'd like it for both, and I'd probably go back and forth between the two views and normal view, but I'd be happy with either.
Reasons for this are
- it would make scrolling through the library screen easier, because there'd be less of it, and fewer things to trip up your fingers. Large libraries, especially, can already take a while to load.
- in some ways, it could reduce the need for my own shelves, by making things easier to find, and in ways it's possible people might shelve them.
- it would make it much easier, to see, at a glance, if there are certain books by an author, or in a series, that I'm missing. Sometimes, when you're looking at your library there's too much other stuff around to make it easy to focus on what's not there, or some series books are written by different authors, and sorted differently, even if you sort by author.
- it could make it easier for archving and/or assigning to profiles if you could send entire stacks to the archive or to the desired profile (this person can read everything by Gaiman, or archive all the Harry Potter books) instead of needing to select each book individually. I know this isn't a current functionality of the collapsing menus as they are, but it would be a nice addition.
In the account section, the order list only shows Order Number and not the title. So you have to click on every entry to figure out what each is for. Adding the title to the entry would make this so much more user-friendly. As someone who works with web design in IT, I am baffled at how this is missing..
These forums are an excellent place to collect good ideas for improving the nook experience and I would like to contribute as well. I have had the 1st generation nook and now the nook simple touch. The e ink readers are by far my favorite method of reading novels old and new. I have some requests I'd like to make of the next e ink reader Barnes and Noble create.
First I would like an e ink reader with a screen bigger then 6 inches. As much as I like being able to slip my nook simple touch into a large coat pocket, I am able to get my 10 inch Samsung galaxy 2 where ever I go with out difficulty. Amazon offers a 10 inch e ink reader but it does not support the formats that nook traditionally supports and I would have to rebuy the library I have already purchased from Barnes and Noble. A 10 inch nook ereader would be a perfect addition to the nook family for those who not only want a larger screen for the fun of having one but also for those whose eye sight has deteriorated with age.
My second request would be at least one set of page turning side buttons. The newest nook addition was created with out them. From what I see on the forums that isn't necessarily a popular decision. The side button's have been useful in my nook simple touch and can be designed without adding a great deal of bulk to the nook.
It may go without saying but the nook product has been able to absorb accidental abuse that other tablets don't survive very well. I certainly hope you continue the trend.
Finally if it can be economically incorporated (I know I am talking to a business here) I would like to see a keyboard attachment of some kind for the e ink readers. There seems to be demand for it, and even the most basic text file can be copied and pasted to word or the more advanced document programs. A key board that works on e ink readers would be a welcome accessory.
Thank you for your time
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.
On the NT, when looking at your books, when viewing your TITLES, in addition to the list and grid view, there was another view (don't even know what you really call it.) Basically, it let you view your titles like this:
0 - 9
Would like to see this feature returned to the HD+ software. (The never.........ending....... scrolling to get to the bottom is tedious)
Alternatively, something similar to how phones work where the entire alphabet is kind of superimposed on the far right side, and you select a letter to get you closer to where you want to be. (Yeah, I'm not explaining the phone thing well. But if you've used one, you probably know what I mean.)
Using the search feature isn't really working (since it picks up all instances of a word.) For example, to get to all my titles that start with "The", a search will include all instances of titles with "the" within the titles as well as those that start with "the."
Would also like to see something similar for Authors as well.
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!
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.
I've got no way to help improve the product that I not only support by purchasing, but also by selling. There is no clear method for users to express their wishes to make the Nook better.
1) When I open a book on my computer, its page size is different than when I read a book on the nook, an iPad, or my phone. Each device though only checks the page number from the previous device, and jmping to most recent page on the next device goes to a significantly different area. It would be good to correctly offset pages
2) As I purchase more and more books they tend to run over each other and it becomes hard to sort them all (unless I remember the specific title I am searching for). A user-driven category system (that correctly maps to different devices) would make it much easier to sort my books (technology, fantasy, humor, etc)
3) It took a very long time and google searches to find a place where I could leave feedback - not the case for apple, amazon, etc. I want to support this product and, even if you don't have time to read all the feedback, it would make users feel more involved if they even think someone is reading their comments. Please add a clear and visible 'Provide Feedback' and 'Report Problem' button in each device
4) Naturally B&N carries some publishers, Amazon others, and so on. Instead of having to guess what we will purchase, you could create an (easily accessible) area fo us to leave requests for which books we wish we could read on the Nook. Have us put in the ISBN of the specific books so you don't have to guess at what title we are talking about. Then you could just set an automated system continually monitor that and your business team will get clear feedback and cost-benefit analysis
5) I love Amazon for a lot of things, but I love B&N for books over Amazon. First because you do not censor books as Amazon has done twice in the past, but more importantly because you have physical book stores. I like going into a store, browsing through books, drining a coffee, and if I like the book then purchasing it - for my nook. My bookshelves are simply too full for more physical books. Why not take advantage of that to let the nook (or my phone, iPad, Android tablet) scan the bar code on the back of the book to quickly see if an ebook is available? The technology is out there and available from a number of free aps, impulse purchases would be more common, and you would gain suggestive feedback (if GPS or local network is enabled) which purchases are made as a result of seeing something in a B&N bookstore vs. other means. I'm sure marketing could come up with a ton of info they would love as a result
6) Since the main call to fame for the Nook is the presence of physical stores, you may consider closer tie-ins between the Nook and the physical stores. Eg. checking store's inventory for physcal copies of a book a user may want to browse, scaning a book in a store for suggestions of other books in the store to look at / find out which the 1st book in a series is, scan in purchased physical book barcodes to get reminders of what you already have / when a new book in a watched series is released, maybe on the splash screen showing when something interesting is happening at the nearby physical stores (author visits, group meetings) etc. Stuff to bring the two experiences together and promote both as a result. The Nook won't compete with the iPad and Android tablets, don't try that as the primary concern, focus on what the Nook already is best at and don't forget most of the time we will use non-nook devices (because my phone is always in my pocket, my computer has a giant screen, and so on)
I would love to buy the HAD nook. How ever one of the most basic needs for the bookshelf is missing,
When I set up my book shelf , I would think being able to arrange my book series in proper order
of the series would be possible to do. I was surprised that its not possible the books just scramble
in the shelf and I can arrange them in the order they should be in. I wont buy another nook as much as I like them until this oversight is fixed,
If you log into the iPad app, and sort your books by author, books in a series nicely "stack" in by series.(assuming the metadata was properly entered by the publisher.) And when you "unstack" them, the books appear in series order (1,2,3...) By stacking, am referring to how magazines appear together until you tap on them again.
This feature has been available on the iPad for the better part of a year now. Incorporating this feature into the entire Nook line would be very useful to your users. (And should also eliminate a number of the complaints about shelving --- no ability to back up the shelves, the difficulty in creating the shelves, etc.)
Please consider incorporating this feature.
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.
Much of the Barnes & Noble customer base is on its Nooks. B&N would really benefit and earn profits if they offered coupons for Nook Books, as an incentive for people to purchase more Nook products. Also, it would make Nook customers happy.
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.