36 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2013 5:57 PM by ConnieL4193

    What Made You Choose Your Nook?

    Dinerfiend

      Despite the fact that 99% of what I do on my Nook is simply read e-books, I chose to get a Nook HD instead of a Simple Touch. My main reason was that I primarily read classic books that are in the public domain and that I download for free from non-BN sources like Project Gutenberg. I would have gotten the NST or the NSTG, but the HD's ability to use Wi-Fi to download non-BN books directly onto my Nook without having to sideload content using my PC swayed me to the HD. Anyone else have a particular reason why they chose the Nook that they have?  

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          Schwa

          For me:

           

          Apple is too expensive for what it is

           

          I've come to despise Amazon for much the same reason as I despise Walmart.

           

          I love my local B&N and was able to get hands on with Nooks before the rest of the Android Tablet market really took off.  I'm happy enough with my HD+ that I don't feel the need to switch, but can easily switch to some other Android device if it does come to a gloomy end. Which I dont expect anytime soon.

           

          Even outside the above brand choices, it does what I need it to do and I'm happy with it  :smileyhappy:

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            Byteguy

            My primary reason was battery life and size (I love being able to slip the NST into my back pocket).

             

            But, I've learned that I really like the e-ink; it's just so easy on the eyes.

             

            Recently, I was on a short trip and only took my Nexus 7 tablet.  After reading for a bit over an hour my eyesight would start to blur.  I never get that on my NST.

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              bobstro

              I first went for a NC simply because it was a cheap (at the time) Android tablet. After using it for about a year, I was a convert to ebooks.

               

              I later went for the NST after making the jump to ebooks (thanks to the NC) to be able to read outdoors, for increased portability and all-day use without worrying about battery life. (Beach NOOK has since been adopted by my wife, replaced by a Kobo Mini on sale at $40 for myself.)

               

              I had higher hopes for doing things in B&N stores while traveling, but that hasn't panned out. I'm still glad I didn't go for Amazon. I like not being locked into a sole source for content.

               

               

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                BruceMcF

                I got my NC because after Amazon's repeated discrimination I didn't want to get into Amazon's closed ecosystem, and the NC was the best bang for the buck LCD ebook tablet available for epub format ebooks. Kobo would have been close, except I bought a refurbished NC.

                 

                I'll shortly be buying an upgrade, but am still torn between getting the cheaper Nook Tablets available from various sources and a Nook HD.

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                  TnTexas

                  Unlike many, I actually prefer reading on an LCD screen to an eink one. At the time I bought my Nook Color, it was the only LCD device I could find for ereading that I could afford. The others were bigger and a lot more expensive. (If there were others that matched the Color in size and price, I didn't know about them.)

                   

                  I bought my Nook Tablet because at the time it was released, you could trigger the allow-installations-from-outside-sources option and enable it. Doing that allowed me to add non-B&N apps to the tablet  without using an N2A card like I'd had to do with the Color. That ability was disabled about month after the device was released.

                   

                  I bought my Nook HD+ because I wanted a tablet with a larger screen than the Kindle Fire original I was using. By that time B&N had added access to the Google Play Store to the device and put it on sale. If they hadn't done both of those things, I wouldn't have bought one.

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                      maxspr1

                      After watching my wife with her Kindle a few years ago and later talking to a friend with an HP tablet, I got gadget envy and started looking around for the perfect tablet for me. I wanted a larger format color ereader for sure, since I wanted to start reading comics digitally, and I wanted a more portable internet capable/media playing device to use when travelling (one that was larger than my phone but smaller and lighter than a laptop). I briefly considered saving up for an iPad but I just couldn't justify spending so much--I wanted as much storage capacity as possible, and the 64GB iPad was ridiculously expensive. I have nothing against Apple and its other products--I'm not brand-bashing here. The iPad is just too expensive when there are other fine alternatives out there.

                       

                      So, while browsing at a local Target and seeing an HD+ that someone had left with a comic page on screen, I was sold! Why? The screen is absolutely beautiful, the native/stock reader reads digital comics files out of the box (which was important before B&N gave access to Google Play), it's a great size for reading books and comics and taking on the road, it has a slot for micro sd cards, and it all comes at a very nice price. I am extremely happy with my choice--I've loved my HD+ since day 1. 

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                      BFCoughlin

                      When I first decided I wanted an e-reader, the Nook Color was unique.  No one else was making an e-reader.  I liked the fact that I could get color magazines on it.  Although I primarily wanted a reader, I did like the ability to use it for Web browsing.  B&N had not yet opened it to apps--when it did, well, that was icing on the cake. 

                       

                      Eventually, I bought the NST as a supplemental reader.  I don't read outside very often, but it gave me that option for the times I do.  It's so light and small, so I can toss it in my bag so as never to be without something to read. 

                       

                      And then, I confess, I had iPad envy, but simply could not afford one.  When B&N came out with the HD+, i bought one; iPad envy cured.  I do most of my reading on it.  I like the larger size and the crisp text.  I keep it in a sleeve, so it's not encumbered by a case when I'm reading, so I'm taking advantage of its light weight.  I'm not too much of an app user, but when they added the Google Play Store, it really increaed the usefulness of the device.  I take advantage especially of the Kindle app for books that aren't available in Nook format and to shorten the waiting time for library lends. 

                       

                      If they come out with a new tablet, I will defiinitely covet--but I won't *need* it.  And I see no reason to replace my NST.  All in all, I've been very happy with my B&N experience.  The folk at our local store have been wonderful on the few occasions that I've had a problem.

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                        EB613

                        In 2010, I got the first Nook on the market, wifi only. I cried at first because I thought that my parents were telling me (subtlely) that I shouldn't buy anymore real books because I had too many, aka over 300 in my room alone (I'm in college, so this was in high school). I grew to love it and the Kate Spade case Mom got me. 

                         

                        Then I went and bought the Nook Tablet in 2012. Loved every feature! Course the only thing I hated is that it didn't have Nook Video at the time, which was my pet peeve. 

                         

                        My Nook 1G went kaput, so I got a NSTG. Still use both Tablet and NSTG and iPad (disclaimer: I bought all of these--not my parents!) to this day. Love it all! I switch back and forth as I please. Not bad for a college kid. Everything is useful in its own way.

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                          As a long time Kindle user, it wasn't so much not liking Kindle as wanting to try Nook, especially given that I knew the Nook was now open to Google Play, it had expandable memory, and then of course, the in-store experience. It wasn't an entirely smooth transition but I had made my decision and was determined to not only make it work for me but be happy about it as well.  Initially I had bought both a Nook HD+ and a Nook Simple Touch w/glow.  I had intended to use both of them depending on my circumstances. Unfortunately, it was becoming fairly difficult to keep them both in sync with each other. I tended to have to do a lot of syncing manually. At some point I just decided to save myself all the aggravation that entailed and returned my NSTG.  I truly hated to do that but such is life. As of now, I think I may go out and get a new iInk device when Nook comes out with a new one.  I love the size and weight and just the simplicity of it but I needed all that the HD+ gave me more.  I can't wait to see what new eInk device B&N comes out with.

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                              Omnigeek

                              Which Nook?

                               

                              I started with the Nook Color.  The 1st edition Nook just didn't have what I wanted:  full-color display so I could read magazines and comic books.  I was already reading pure-text ebooks on my Palm Pilot and felt no need to migrate off that when the Kindle and Nook first debuted but the Nook Color was a whole different ball of wax:  small enough to fit in my front, thigh or jacket pockets but big enough to see larger images and full color so National Geographic was a reality.  I also liked the fact it used an open standard -- as a self-professed geek, I really hate proprietary file formats.

                               

                              I'm on the Nook HD now -- I have the HD+ for NatGeo and watching videos but the HD is really the right balance of size, weight and power.  I can read it (inside a protective zippered sleeve!) in the hot tub and even have it play music while I'm relaxing and enjoying a novel.  The improved display means I can read comics and magazines that were driving me a little crazy on the Nook Color and Tablet (which are now relegated to backup devices).

                               

                              I also have the NST or NSTG for getting some quick reading in when I'm in full sunlight (like when I'm camping).  Their IR grids make them less useful in the hot tub and I can't use them to do quick lookups on the web or play music but they can't be beat as small light readers for water breaks when I'm hiking and their battery life means I don't even have to pack along a spare powerpack if I want them along for a weekend backpack.

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                              I see why many people got their Nook but I'd also be interested in knowing if and why some people chose the Nook over the Kindle.  I think they're both very good devices and I would imagine it depended a great deal on features and perhaps eco-system. What say you all?

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                                kamas716
                                Form factor was my primary reason. I liked the feel of my NST when it was in my hand better than the Kindle or Sony.
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                                  LectorGS

                                  I bought my first Nook (N1E) because I went to the store and saw a sales associate explaining how it worked to a customer.  It looked cool and it caught my attention.  I then purchased the NC which I enjoyed a lot.  I currently read on my NSTG because it's light, easy to handle and the illuminated screen, even though not perfect, provides a nice in-bed-reading experience at night, when the significant other is trying to sleep.  

                                   

                                  I need to mention that having a B&N store near my home helps a lot, especially, when some assistance is needed.

                                   

                                  All in all, I am a satisfied B&N customer.  I wish the company the best.

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                                    Alex Garcia
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                                      sah1595

                                      My original e-reader was an Ebookman ( that should tell you I have been reading e-books for a long time )  I replaced it with another Ebookman.  When that one died, I next tried an IPOD Touch 1st edition.  It was OK but I wanted something more the size of a paperback.  I chose the Nook 1st edition because it had a battery that was replaceable and a slot for an SD card.  It would also read the format for my ebook library.  I puchased a Nook Tablet so I could access the internet when traveling.  It was chosen for the SD slot as well and being able to read e-pub format. It gives me more choices on where I get my books even though most  come from B&N.  The Free Book Friday is also a big plus.   

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                                        Wow. You guys are really shaking the cob webs loose. I totally remember the HP Jornada and as I recall it was one of my favorite devices. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.  I realize that tablets are all the rage now and everyone wants to be that 'iPad Killer" but can't somone come out with the "iPad" of eReaders? You know, that device designed specifically for media content (books, magazine, newspapers and the occasional video).  STOP trying to be an iPad and just be the best eReader out there.  I like having access to the Google apps now but I also think that's a double edged sword. Just give me the absolute BEST eReader that can be made and I'll gladly forego all the other stuff. I have a computer and a smart phone for that stuff.

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                                            bobstro
                                            ConnieL4193 wrote:

                                            [...] Just give me the absolute BEST eReader that can be made and I'll gladly forego all the other stuff. I have a computer and a smart phone for that stuff.

                                             

                                            That's mostly a question of software. Unfortunately, B&N hasn't put resolving long-standing software issues and enhancements at the top of their list. They could do a lot on even the older models. Unify the software features and alot of other streamlining and tuning. At this late date, I don't expect to see it.

                                             

                                            One point I disagree with you on is that the availability of apps somehow break a device being "the best reader" in some way. Yes, provide a simple default out of the box, but leave flexibility for those who need a handful of apps to make it their perfect reader. Many of us need a bit more functionality and once you have to carry a 2nd device to do those things, carrying a limited ereader doesn't make sense.

                                             

                                            Sure, don't try to make it an iPad, but don't go down the primrose path of a completely locked down walled garden again. B&N tried that. It didn't work.

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                                                keriflur

                                                Don't you carry a phone anyway? There's nothing I'd need a tablet for that I can't do on my phone. 

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                                                    bobstro

                                                    keriflur wrote:

                                                    Don't you carry a phone anyway? There's nothing I'd need a tablet for that I can't do on my phone. 

                                                     

                                                    On my NST, I do like being able to update the clock based on my local timezone, synchronize 3rd party epubs (e.g. Calibre subscriptions) on a schedule, automate logging in to wifi portals, turn wifi on and off with the screen and that sort of thing. On my NC, in addition to those functions, it was silly to not be able to handle email on a larger device or review my travel itinerary when I'm holding a larger device fully capable of doing the job, especially when phone battery life is critical.

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                                                      BassmanMT

                                                      keriflur wrote:

                                                      Don't you carry a phone anyway? There's nothing I'd need a tablet for that I can't do on my phone. 


                                                      Nope, no cell phone here.

                                                       

                                                      I'm four months into the HD+ and three years into the N1E and I wouldn't trade either of them for each other only, or for any of the other models.

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                                                          Well BassMan, I got my HD+ and my NGL now and I think I'm set for a good little while now. Love them both and they each serve their own purpose. Went and looked at that so-called "cover" for the NGL. All I can say is, yes, it doesn't add anything to the size and weight of the device and taking just that, it's fine but no way in you know what it's worthy of $21.  I 'm not real big on covers especially for the eink devices so I'll definitely be passing on these.

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                                                        Bobstro, I understand wanting to make it more functional and in theory it makes sense but this is Android after all - open source - and as such you are subject to getting a lot of apps that either don't run right or make the device unstable.  I merely meant that by opening it up to Google, you end up possibly causing even more problems due to substandard apps. Of course, truth be told, I had a problem with an app on there recently that was Nooks own versiopn for pete's sake. I mean, I couldn't even open the darn thing. Forgot which one it was, maybe Twitter. Anyway, that will be my one and only concession to Apple; the apps may not always be great but I think for the most part, they probably don't screw up the device.

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                                                            bobstro

                                                            Ah, gotcha. Allowing 3rd party apps does open up potential support issues.

                                                             

                                                            Long ago, when we were all debating 3rd party app access on the older generation devices, it was suggested that there be a checkbox required to load 3rd party app, requiring customers to acknowledge that loading such apps would absolve B&N of support obligations for the device, unless 1st returned to "out of the box" condition.

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                                                          Omnigeek

                                                          ConnieL4193 wrote:

                                                          STOP trying to be an iPad and just be the best eReader out there.  I like having access to the Google apps now but I also think that's a double edged sword. Just give me the absolute BEST eReader that can be made and I'll gladly forego all the other stuff. I have a computer and a smart phone for that stuff.


                                                          Personally, I think that's just what BN did with the Nook Color and then Tablet.  I'll give the HD a nod over the Tablet for the display quality, light weight and battery life but the reading experience isn't much improved and it just seems to me it was easier to build shelves on the NC and NT when I could do searches on author name and directly shelve the results.  I Really hate having to scroll through my entire library to build a single shelf then do that again for every new shelf I want to build.

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                                                            lochnez

                                                            ConnieL4193 wrote:

                                                            Wow. You guys are really shaking the cob webs loose. I totally remember the HP Jornada and as I recall it was one of my favorite devices. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.


                                                            I still have a working Jornada. Don't use it, but it will still fire up if I charge the battery. WinCE, Office CE, etc., still work.

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                                                                Wulfraed

                                                                I did upgrade from the Jornada to a "hiccup" [HP missed an oppurtunity when they merged with Compaq -- hqp {hiccup} rather than hpq} iPaq.

                                                                 

                                                                Someday I may create a Google account -- I miss VisualCE (a WinCE application to create single table forms [though one could link to other tables] and databases). There IS a replacement for Android (DroidDB) but my only options for the HD+ require either the expensive Google download {the maker would like to charge for upgrades to the runtime, but since the Google Store provides infinite upgrades they charge much more} or set up to do the ADB side-load of the runtime, along with the cost of the actual development program (my iPaq has databases for: blood pressure, meals [both predefined entries and the date/time/cost], glucose readings, "on order" Amazon, comic books, and video/game stuff)