It would be really nice to be able to sort my nook books by genre. I would really like to look at the genre and view my based off of Thriller, Romance, Action, etc.
I think it would be fantastic if the nook library had a system, like a shelf, with a list of books that you have already read. It gets pretty frustrating for an avid reader, like me, to have to constantly weed out the books I’ve read. A separate tab in my library would be awesome, and if I wanted to re-read any of them- it won’t be a problem because they are all organized!!
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.
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 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 wonderful if Nook would come out with a way of backing up your shelving system so in the future if you were to have your shelves disappear you could just reload the shelves or if you were to buy a new Nook reader you could just transfer all your work from your older well used Nook to your new Nook. Any chance of this?
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.
It would be nice to be able to organize the library on each of your devices on your computer (both shelves for all devices, and what profiles items are assigned to on the HD and HD+). A lot of things are easier on the computer with a mouse and keyboard than on a touchscreen device. It would also be much easier to do bulk changes on a computer with checkboxes, etc. Being able to organize your library from B&N's website (or even a Nook application on your computer) could also be used as a way to back up shelves, and easily restore them after a device has been deregistered and registered again.
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
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.
I would like a feature where I could plug in an ear plug into the Nook and have it read to me. It would be especially helpful to be able to plug the Nook into a jack in the car and allow the reader to use the car radio/stereo to read the book much like an apple Ipod performs its music functions.
I fyou were driving on a road trip, it would be nice if the book would read the words in the story to you.Listening to books while you drive is a very enjoyable experience and you should support the process
Page numbers are missing from the ToC on the NST/G in releases 1.2.0 and 1.2.1. Please add them back.
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.
BN has a vested interest in developing their own ecosystem for apps - primarily that the Google Play Store is now a direct competitor to BN/NOOK in core content categories such as ebooks and eperiodicals. I accept that explanation as to why the NOOK platform hasn't been "opened up" (to use such a loaded and incorrect term) to the wider Android ecosystem.
- however -
BN/NOOK simply don't have the mindshare/marketshare to develop an ecosystem on par with Google or Apple. As well as the company has done evangelizing (and they have done a pretty good job in terms of getting some rather big names onto the platform that even established tech companies like Microsoft and RIM have had trouble with), they are always going to be behind in getting the apps that many customers want.
As more and more customers invest in a smartphone and begin to buy into Google's ecosystem, they're going to be less likely to want to repurchase their same apps on a different store. And the "stock" (again, a very loaded term) Android devices continue to fall in price and achieve feature parity with the NOOK line, giving those customers access to their apps at the same price point as a NOOK with comparable hardware. This is not a recipe for a successful long-term venture.
But there is an easy and relatively painless (business-wise) solution.
Android, by default, has the option to allow APK installs from "Unknown Sources" as a setting. This allows the end user to install apps that aren't purchased from the local shop on the device. The NOOK device fork hides this option, but it still exists in the system.
BN/NOOK needs to allow customers access to this option. Checking the "Unknown Sources" box already pops up a warning about malware on "stock" Android devices - simply modify this warning to include information about potential warranty ramifications for NOOK users who do the same. Now, free of charge, customers have access to a much wider selection of apps.
The critique of enabling this option, from a business perspective, is that this would "cost BN sales" in terms of dollars. And this is potentially true in a small number of circumstances, where savvy customers would install the ad-supported free Angry Birds instead of paying the $3 for the BN Shop edition. However, those customers who know enough about Android to locate and install an APK on their own are the customers who are also aware of the slew of generally good "stock" Android devices available near the NOOK pricepoint, and were much more likely to purchase those devices. Giving them the option to install apps would potentially get them into the NOOK ecosystem, and even though there wouldn't be as much app revenue, there's plenty of options to upsell them on other content.
And, more importantly, there is enough friction involved in downloading an APK and installing it manually that the vast majority of customers wouldn't bother. It is a time consuming process to find an APK online, make sure it hasn't been modified for nefarious purposes, and install it on the device. It is the same reason BN can safely support Adobe Digital Editions transferred ebooks - the option is there and a nice selling point, but it's too intensive for the average customer to really care about.