10 Replies Latest reply on Apr 15, 2014 3:11 PM by flyingtoastr

    Syncing Devices ??

      Ok now I'm making myself crazy. I have both the Nook HD+ and the new NGL and I am having an incredibly hard time keeping them in sync. Tghere are even times when one device will actually ask to sync BACKWARDS to coincide with the other device. REALLY?  Shouldn't we always ask to sync forward? I have tried literally everything and I simply cannot find a solution/method to accomplish this easily.  :smileyfrustrated::smileysad:

        • Re: Syncing Devices ??
          Mercury_Glitch

          Welcome to the issue many others have had, which I know doesn't help.

           

          The problem is that, to my knowledge, we haven't determined exactly what causes the Nook to send the current page you're on when you stop reading. 

           

          For some it seems to only happen if you exit the book and go to your library.  For others simply putting the Nook to sleep does the trick.

           

          However if you aren't in wifi when it tries to do this then nothing happens (I do not suspect this is the case with you Connie, you've shown yourself to be fairly savy with these things). 

           

           

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            lochnez

            ConnieL4193 wrote:

            Tghere are even times when one device will actually ask to sync BACKWARDS to coincide with the other device. REALLY?  Shouldn't we always ask to sync forward?


            It's been my experience that when it asks to sync backwards it's because I stopped reading on one device, continued on another, but, for one reason or another, closed the book at an earlier page. Then when I go back to the first, it "remembers" where i left off on the second and asks if I want to go back there. Most of the time, though, I make sure I'm one WiFi when I open or close a book. That way, the reading position is supposed to be saved to the B&N servers (or somewhere in the great beyond).

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              Wulfraed

              For me, syncing "backwards" would be nice for the magazines I subscribe to: Analog and Asimov's. I read these starting with the editorial section, the work to short stories, novellas, serial. The magazines are laid out in the other direct, so yes, I'm reading chunks from back to front.

               

              The only reliable sync I've seen is to "furthest read page" (even if it says "last page read" it is not the "current page" when put on standby).

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                BFCoughlin

                I also find synching inconsistent.  It seems to work better from the HD+ to the NGL if, when I finish reading on the NGL, I back out of the book to the library or home page. If I simply stop reading, then read on the HD+ and go back to the NGL, it's less likely to have synched. It also seems to be better with a stronger wifi signal.  I find it mildly irritating, but no more so than when I miss place the bookmark in a DTB. 

                  • Re: Syncing Devices ??
                    lochnez

                    BFCoughlin wrote:

                    I also find synching inconsistent.  It seems to work better from the HD+ to the NGL if, when I finish reading on the NGL, I back out of the book to the library or home page. If I simply stop reading, then read on the HD+ and go back to the NGL, it's less likely to have synched. It also seems to be better with a stronger wifi signal.  I find it mildly irritating, but no more so than when I miss place the bookmark in a DTB. 


                    My experience is that you always have to close the book by exiting to the home screen. If it's left open on one device, it won't open to the same page on second. It will simply open to where you left off in the second device the last time you used it. I believe, as long as you're in WiFi, that closing is necessary to send the reading position to whatever server keeps the record of where you are. I don't think they keep a running tab on your location in the book.

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                        I ALWAYS exit to the home screen but I'm also thinking that rarely does Android actually "close" an app unless the menu offers an option to "exit".  I carry both devices with me so when I get home and they both connect to the WiFi (assuming they do), I'm thinking that are both trying to sync perhaps which only adds to the issue.  I'm really beginning to think I should just stick with one device just to keep myself from going crazy.  I do realize that I could just go to the correct page manually but my inner-techie seems to insist on things working correctly. What can i say?

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                            keriflur
                            Why do you carry both nooks? That sounds... heavy. It also might be part of the issue, since they are both connecting to wifi at the same time. Theoretically the sync logic should know what was the last page time wise, but I don't think that works so much in practice.
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                        I realize this thread is a few months old, I just wanted to chime in regarding the synching issues and this is the most recent thread on that topic that I could find.

                         

                        I use the Nook apps on my Android phone and tablet, and the lack of syncing between these devices has become so frustrating that I am going to be unistalling the apps as soon as I finish reading the one book I have left that I purchased at BN. (Unfortunately it's a 1500 page book and I'm only half-way through it, so I have to put up with this nonsense for a while longer.)

                         

                        Too bad for you, BN - I would be happy to spend my money with you, but if you can't fix this one, small issue that has been plaguing your users for YEARS, you don't deserve it. Any book I can find here, I can also find on Amazon or Google Play Books. And I have NEVER had an issue with those apps being able to sync on my devices. So they will be getting my money, not you.

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                            Schwa

                            mdlark1966 wrote:

                            I use the Nook apps on my Android phone and tablet, and the lack of syncing between these devices has become so frustrating that I am going to be unistalling the apps as soon as I finish reading the one book I have left that I purchased at BN.


                            Because tapping a sync button is hard when you are done reading on each device?  Because having control over the data usage of your device is better than the app communicating every 5 mins like the Nook HD does?

                             

                            I would kill for my Nook HD to stop auto-syncing.  I would rather manually sync any day of the week.

                              • Re: Syncing Devices ??
                                flyingtoastr

                                Schwa wrote:

                                Because tapping a sync button is hard when you are done reading on each device?  Because having control over the data usage of your device is better than the app communicating every 5 mins like the Nook HD does?

                                 

                                I would kill for my Nook HD to stop auto-syncing.  I would rather manually sync any day of the week.


                                This is always something I've found interesting. It would be patently easy for BN to have their devices and apps synch for every page turn, but it would *drastically* increase battery and data usage. And I'm sure we'd get the same people complaining about bad synching back here whining about battery life. 

                                 

                                It's just impossible to please anyone these days.