20 Replies Latest reply on Nov 23, 2012 4:14 PM by DeanGibson

    Lighten up, it's Christmas!


      Some people here are like "The Grinch who stole Christmas", but I would say it's the season to be thankful.  Here are some examples of both over the past year:


      • Be thankful that B&N has continued to provide updates at no cost, which have measurably increased the utility of the Nooks.
      • Be thankful that B&N provided an SDcard slot (SDcards now cost about the same as a good hamburger), so that we are not like Kindle Fire users, who ran out of app space without any expansion options.
      • Be thankful that every Nook Tablet owner has until January 31, 2012 to return the NT for a full refund if it does not meet your needs, whereupon you can buy a refurbished NC for $149 with a full warranty.  I mean, how many of you really need a Nook Tablet over a Nook Color?
      • Be thankful that the NC is not only rootable, but side-bootable from an SDcard.  How many other tablets can do that?
      • Be thankful for an underlying operating system (Linux) that is robust and free, significantly lowering the cost of most consumer products.
      • If you have rooted, be thankful for the extensive effort of many (wihtout payment) to not only root, but to create packages that allow you, the user, to easily root your device.
      • If you have rooted, be thankful for the many excellent applications available.  Many excellent ones are free, ad-free, or both.  When they are not free, most cost less than a good hamburger.
      • If you have not rooted, be thankful that almost every one of the B&N applications cost less than a good hamburger, and less than almost ANY PC or Apple application that is sold.
      • Be thankful that B&N provides this forum for the discussion of all types of issues, including the discussion of rooting and competitor's products, without any control other than in the most dire of circumstances.
      • Be thankful that many, many users here who have a lot of knowledge in various areas, regularly monitor this forum and repeatedly provide help to others.
      • Be thankful that B&N adopted the open "epub" format and not a proprietary format.
      • Be thankful that B&N brought out quality Nooks that compete effectively against the competition, so that customers have economical choices for quality readers.
      • Be thankful that we live in a country that (while it has some problems), is giving to a large part of the world.  Check out the giving to charitable causes in each country as a percentage of GNP, and then note that (except for one other country), no other country even comes close.
      • Finally, if you have religious beliefs, be thankful for Christmas itself and all that the "holiday" stands for.


      Note that some of the things above to be thankful for, may come from non-altruistic motives or actions on part of others.  It doesn't matter (entitlement is the enemy of thankfulness);  you can certainly be thankful anyway.



        • Re: Lighten up, it's Christmas!

          +1..I be thankful

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            Merry Christmas, Dean.  Good reminder to be thankful especially this time of year for those things you listed and so many others.

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              Amen, Dean.


              - Mark


              (especially for #3  :smileywink:)


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                  All that talk about hamburgers has made me hungry, though.  :smileyhappy:


                  "I will gladly pay you Tuesday..."  :smileyvery-happy:


                  - Mark




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                      Sorry about that.  It just dawned on me that was a Wimpy thing to say.  :smileywink:


                      - Mark


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                          Put down the eggnog and step away from the keyboard, Mark :smileyhappy: 


                          More seriously, I'm thankful that I'm employed and able to participate from a standpoint of having had a lot of great experience learning on the NC and then being able to chuck money at other devices, one of which will likely be given to my stepdad soon.


                          As I was driving home the last couple of nights, I was hearing about how, right now, there are folks who can't afford to file for a no-contest divorce without waiting for years, putting aside a little money a week, folks who can't afford the spare gas for their kids to go to afterschool activities, counties with unemployment rates north of 30%. 


                          I think it behooves all of us to bear in mind that part of why we're able to participate so full-throatedly and at times unreflectively in these conversations is that, at the end of the day, the stakes are pretty low in the grand scheme of things.  


                          Thank you, Dean, for reminding us to step back.  I want to amplify his intimation that we remember that this place works best when we try engage constructively.

                            • Re: Lighten up, it's Christmas!
                              +1, Thankful I am employed, healthy, and have great reading material on the Nook Tablet, a nice community of engaged forum goers, and people here who share an interest in making the device better! We are basically at the cusp of a revolutionary time in reading and technology! Exciting times! :smileywink:
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                        I agree with all these reasons to be thanksful but would like to make sure:

                        We have till January 2012 to return the NT if it doesn't meet our expectations?????  If this is for real, then I will return mine. I thought their use of the Tablet as the name of the device was indicative of its versatility to enjoy ebooks and apps from sources beyond BN.


                        I guess its true, you get what you pay for.  Android tablets on the market that offer quality and the ability to enjoy all of our customer owned Android applications and ebooks from a variety of vendors is what I will turn to and also recommend to friends who ask.  I am terribly disappointed with BN's decision to restrict our use of apps from the Android market. 

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                            gilgomez commented:


                            > We have till January 2012 to return the NT if it doesn't meet our expectations????? If this is for real, then I will return mine. I thought their use of the Tablet as the name of the device was indicative of its versatility to enjoy ebooks and apps from sources beyond BN. <


                            OR, you could hang on to yours and use it for the next 4 weeks.  And see what the dev community manages to come up with in that time.  If it's not to your liking, you can return your NT then (by Jan31).


                            - Mark


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                            I agree that we have many things to be thankful for. I have not yet purchased a Nook, but I was planning to after Christmas.  I had my heart set on a Nook Tablet, but now I am not sure.  I have books that I have purchased from many vendors. I am willing to commit to BN for future purchases. I want to go digital with my magazine purchases as well. The two magazines that I read most are not available from BN but are available from Zinio. I also like to occasionally like to watch reruns of Star Trek episodes. With a tablet, I could watch without subjecting my husband to them. I don't know if any of the Nook family will meet my needs anymore. I am looking at other options. I know the Kobo Vox will do what I need, but the build quality is reported to be somewhat questionable.  I guess I will wait a while longer before I make a decision. Right now I am disappointed with BN. 

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                              Happy Holidays.. (However you and your family celebrate them) to one and all..

                              It is true, all of us groaning, may have less this year than last year or 5 years ago.. ereaders or Tablets may be huge investments for us to make, more so then in the past.. But, if we are making this investment this year, we are all in much better places then some, who are just worrying about a roof over their heads, or food on the table..

                              For that we should be grateful..

                              I wish all of you a happy New Years, and that next year smiles enough on each and every one of us, so that next holiday we can simply worry and gripe about deciding on the right electronic gadget again..

                                • Re: Lighten up, it's Christmas!

                                  After using my NT for several weeks now I do enjoy it functions and capabilities. The price point is dirt cheap and I would have been prepared to pay much more (I guess I have a higher-level of income or disposable income or available cash) for such a device. There is so much talk about loading side apps but since I don't do that it doesn't matter to me. It is a good appliance and does what B&N intended for it. When I read my mags on it the colors just pop and keep me interested in the articles. So there is a lot to be thankful for!


                                  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays!  :smileyhappy:

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                                      Bah, humbug! Lol. Thanks for the reminder.
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                                          As you don't mention purchasing apps from sources other than B&N as a priority, the Nook Tablet or Nook Color  should meet all of your needs, as you will have the ability to sideload epub and pdb ebooks from various vendors, and convert non-DRM'ed mobi files to epub through free utilities such as Calibre. You can also watch TV series movies through native B&N apps such as Netflix and Hulu, access your facebook and You Tube accounts, and perform rudimentary email tasks.


                                           If you purchase a converter program like DVD Catalyt and install it on your PC, you can also convert most of your DVD movies for watching on your Nook (you would want to purchase an SD card for your video content, as converted movie files are typically between 700 -900 mg in size. You can also borrow books from libraries as long as you install Adobe Digital Editions on your PC for sideloading onto the nook.

                                    • A politically correct "Season's greetings"

                                      From a post to the University of Washington (Bothell campus) faculty mailing list:


                                      Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all ... and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures, whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee.


                                      By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

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                                        I'm thankful I work for a company like BN that still lets me run my mouth on these forums without much more than a gentle slap on the wrist every few months. :smileyhappy:

                                        • Lighten up, it's Christmas!

                                          I am Thankful also!  When I researched the Nook and Kindle I got the Nook.  First because I liked everything it would give me and 2nd because I love B&N and wanted to support you!.  Thank you B&N for your great in store service - I just got home from visiting my local store and had a nice chat with the Nook gentleman on duty and he was very nice, informative and helpful - this is what I always receive when I shop at my local store.  Thank you!  I received a Nook Tablet for Christmas and couldn't be more statisfied I LOVE IT!  My tablet has been very user friendly (I previously owned the First Nook which I loved also).  I use it daily to read, play games with my granddaughter in Maine, browse the internet and shop for more books!  


                                          THANK YOU BARNES AND NOBLE!!!!!!

                                          A very satisfied customer!



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