8 Replies Latest reply on Aug 17, 2011 5:23 AM by RucknRun

    unhappy w/ nook color

      I know Nook Color is designed as an e-reader.

      But if I only wanted to read, I would buy the book (or a cheaper reader.)

      I expected more savings from an electronic format.

       

      CON

      Nook books are too expensive.

      Screen is too touchy until smudged then unresponsive.

      I can’t edit a document or even create a grocery list.

      Night font won’t display all books.

      I can’t access e-mail.

      Battery life is too short.

      If flash is on website, I can’t read it

      I can’t delete sample books without connecting to computer.

      When I connect to computer, the book file name is just numbers.

       

      PRO

      I can see TV guide web site without starting my computer.

        • Re: unhappy w/ nook color

          ... and you post the SAME post in two forums ... your only posts. Right .....

           

          Your inability to access email is no doubt user error. The fact that Flash is not supported (yet) is well-known. The price of eBooks if you bothered to look is well known. This brings me to one conclusion...

           

          <sigh> Another bridge is missing its troll ...

           

           

          • Re: unhappy w/ nook color
            mbratch

             

            CON
            • Nook books are too expensive.
            Since I bought the NC, I have found a huge number of excellent books that are either free or cost less that $3 I would not otherwise have found. For a current best seller release, the cost is about the same as a paperback, which is cheaper than buying the hard cover when a book first comes out.
            The other thing to consider is that when you purchase a book, you are purchasing certain limited rights to access its contents, not the paper (for traditional books) or the electrons (for electronic books). A publisher pays very little for the actual material per paperback book, which is why they generally will only consider publishing books that promise lots of sales to amortize setup/non-recurring costs of "manufacturing" the book. What electronic publishing does, therefore, is make it possible for more people to publish books. It puts the ability into the hands of those who don't have the equipment to print and distribute traditional books. :smileyhappy:
            • Screen is too touchy until smudged then unresponsive.

            If my hands are really grubby, I wash them before using a touch screen. It's pretty resilient to general skin oils. But if you're getting it that dirty, or you're trying to eat a belly bomber whilst using the unit, then of course it's possibly going to have issues.

             

            • I can’t edit a document or even create a grocery list.

            It was never advertised as a device for creating content. It's a content reader.

             

            • Night font won’t display all books.

            A bit of an inconsistency for sure. Most of the time, I run with normal font but turn the brightness all the way down for low light reading. It works quite well. But that's just a suggestion. I'm sure everyone's different in regard to what works best for them

             

            • I can’t access e-mail.

            Most mail services have a web interface, which you can get to with the NC web browser. I have Road Runner and have no problems access (reading or creating) email through RR's web interface.

             

            • Battery life is too short.

            "Too short" is a relative term. Compared to what? For everything expected of the device (driving a full color high resolution 7-inch LCD, running wifi, and running a nice touch screen GUI), its battery life is reasonable compared to similar devices. If I use my NC all day long on and off with a smattering of reading and some web browsing, I get a full day out of it before it needs a charge.

             

            • If flash is on website, I can’t read it

            Known limitation. Reported going to be remedied in a future update.

             

            • I can’t delete sample books without connecting to computer.

            A bit of an inconvenience for sure. If you are downloading a lot of samples and wanting to delete them frequently, this can be a pain. I understand they are considering some additional on-board file management in a future update

             

            • When I connect to computer, the book file name is just numbers.

            The NC was designed such that you manage your B&N books through the B&N "My Library". When I first got my NC, I didn't understand this so I did the same thing you probably did: I connected to my PC and started browsing for files. I saw these number names and deleted what I thought was the book I wanted to remove from my NC. I happened to "choose wisely" but it didn't matter anyway. On the next sync, it re-appeared because the master was maintained on the B&N site.

             

            PRO

             

            • I can see TV guide web site without starting my computer.

            Only the TV guide site? You might want to check our router settings to see if it's blocking everything else. :smileywink:

             

             

            • Re: unhappy w/ nook color

              TookByNook wrote:

              I know Nook Color is designed as an e-reader.


              Your post indicates you do not know this.  It also indicates you have a decided inability to read.  Sorry, but most things you state are well-known and have solutions and/or reasons.

               

              Book prices are what they are due to many things.  Reading will help here.  Google, Agency 5 model.  Then look at the price for Ken Follet's "Fall of Giants" on BN and Amazon and then read Amazon's disclaimer underneath the price.

               

              Flash support doesn't exist on another device that costs much more and is actually a tablet.  But the promise and hope is that flash support is coming to the NC.

               

              No, you can't edit documents on it, where in the term e-reader do you infer that it would.  Perhaps future apps will see this ability or even future software updates.

               

              Battery life is shorter in any lcd device.  It is based upon usage though.  If you turn off wifi and do more reading than listening to Pandora, then battery life is pretty good.  If you watch youtube videos, plug it in.

               

              Back to ebook pricing.  It is also true that there are many ways to offset higher prices if that is a concern.  Library ebooks.  It is an ereader after all.  And one of the intangibles you pay for when buying an ebook is convenience.  I can sit in my home from the comfort of my chair and search for and buy ebooks and I don't use any gas doing that.  Oh wait, gas costs money doesn't it?

              • Re: unhappy w/ nook color

                Have you tried going to the online Libraries and downloading books for free?  I haven't paid for a book yet and don't intend to.  My local library has a website that has a link to The Ohio eBook Project.  I can use my local library card number to sign in and download or reserve books.  The most popular books take a week or two sometimes to get, but if you keep a running list of books signed up for you can read for free constantly.  When the book you sign up for is available they just send you an email.  There's another site called SEO Library Consortium that I use too, they are great!

                 

                Your problem with getting your email to work may be the same as mine was.  I have my email through North East Ohio Road Runner,  so my email is _____@neo.rr.com.  I put in "pop-server.neo.rr.com for the incoming mail server and I had tried to use "smtp-server.neo.rr.com" for the outgoing mail but that wouldn't work.  I went to Road Runner's site and there was a help page there that said to use "mobile-smtp.roadrunner.com" instead for the outgoing mail and it worked!

                 

                I ordered an extra cable to plug it in.  I usually read before I go to sleep so I just plug it in before turning in.  That way my other cable is always by my computer ready for downloads etc.

                 

                Sorry, can't help with the other stuff.

                • Re: unhappy w/ nook color

                  TookByNook wrote:

                  I know Nook Color is designed as an e-reader.

                  But if I only wanted to read, I would buy the book (or a cheaper reader.)

                  I expected more savings from an electronic format.

                   

                  CON

                  Nook books are too expensive.

                  Screen is too touchy until smudged then unresponsive.

                  I can’t edit a document or even create a grocery list.

                  Night font won’t display all books.

                  I can’t access e-mail.

                  Battery life is too short.

                  If flash is on website, I can’t read it

                  I can’t delete sample books without connecting to computer.

                  When I connect to computer, the book file name is just numbers.

                   

                  PRO

                  I can see TV guide web site without starting my computer.


                  Yeah, Nookebooks are expensive.  So are new hardbacks.  My solution is the same as before I got my NookC -  I wait for paperback or use the library.  

                   

                  You just have to get used to the screen.  

                   

                  For grocery lists I use Fliq Notes, a free APP that either came preinstalled or I found at B&N.

                   

                  Nite mode doesn't work for some of my books.  I deal with it and move on.  It's not a perfect world.

                   

                  I use Yahoo for email and have for years.  No problem.  You'll just have to figure out your own.

                   

                  Battery life.  SUCKS.  Anyone who says otherwise is just plain fooling themselves. ONE DAY for an eReader is appalling.  Had we known the battery life was less than 8 hours before it was bought that would have been a deal breaker.  I am SO GLAD we didn't know.  I LOVE MY NOOKC!!!!!!  

                   

                  What else can I say?  My NookC has grealy improved my life.  I hope I never have to be without it.  It has shortcomings but I can live with them because I had no preconceived notions.  

                  • Re: unhappy w/ nook color

                    Thank you to all who responded to this message!  I'm tired of reading this uniformed and can never be pleased people!  I got my Nook color the first week it was available, it was wonderful then and it with each upgrade it just keeps getting better.  I am pleased and just tired of people be so nitpicky....really the night mode doesn't work on some books?  Get over it!  I loved all the responses and most made me laugh out loud!

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                        julestrik wrote:

                        Thank you to all who responded to this message!  I'm tired of reading this uniformed and can never be pleased people!  I got my Nook color the first week it was available, it was wonderful then and it with each upgrade it just keeps getting better.  I am pleased and just tired of people be so nitpicky....really the night mode doesn't work on some books?  Get over it!  I loved all the responses and most made me laugh out loud!


                        I agree totally!