8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2012 10:29 PM by Temetka

    Thank you Barnes & Noble - N2A

      Thank you Barnes & Noble for selling a “tablet” that is locked down to anything not sold by your company.
       
      Thank you Barnes & Noble for not responding to my issues with your email app that wasn’t fixed with your last update.
       
      Thank you Barnes & Noble for not responding to my question about how to use my Barnes & Noble gift card to purchase apps.
       
      Thank you Barnes & Noble for asking me to pay for apps that are free from other sources.
       
      Thank you Barnes & Noble for making me download library books to my desktop and then side load to my Nook when an Overdrive app is available for Android.
       
      Thank you Barnes & Noble for delegating in store tech support to the music department even though the person working there readily admits to a complete lack of knowledge on how a Nook operates.
       
      Your actions (or lack thereof) caused me to look for other options and eventually I found the N2A card on Amazon.com which turned my Nook Tablet into a fully functioning Android Tablet by simply inserting a SD card. Now I have an email app that actually works, a Nook app, a Kindle app and I can download free apps from Amazon and the Google Marketplace. I can download library books directly to the Nook. I can share files between my Nook and my desktop.
       
      So thank you Barnes & Noble because I finally have a real Tablet that works and I no longer have to wait on you for tech support.
        • Re: Thank you Barnes & Noble - N2A
          flyingtoastr

          logdog wrote:
          Thank you Barnes & Noble for selling a “tablet” that is locked down to anything not sold by your company.


          My books, movies, and music that I having cramming up every inch of my SD Card seems to argue otherwise.

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              I think logdog is talking about apps and the lack of sideloading.

               

              I was planning on buying a Nook Tablet and a N2A card for $50.  For the same cost, I can now get a Galaxy Tab 7 plus.  I really liked the ergonomics of the NT, but I may go for the Tab for the 5 Ghz wireless, the cameras, or the GPS. 

               

              I'm still waiting for my tax refund, so I guess B&N has a few more weeks to wow me.

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                  roustabout

                  Well, I think it's splendid that BN stuck with Gingerbread for this device - the 7 plus is a very tempting device, but for me the bit where it runs Honeycomb is a deal breaker, since it cripples batched library management in Calibre. 

                   

                  Thank you Barnes & Noble for not responding to my issues with your email app that wasn’t fixed with your last update.
                  Agreed - the issues many are having with the stock email app are a real problem, one that I'm sorry hasn't been addressed (though some folks are reporting that the last update helped.) 
                   
                  Thank you Barnes & Noble for not responding to my question about how to use my Barnes & Noble gift card to purchase apps.
                  That's weird, I thought you could add a gift card to your account?  FlyingToastr? 
                   
                  Thank you Barnes & Noble for asking me to pay for apps that are free from other sources.
                  As has been said again and again, many of those apps aren't free but rather are ad-supported. 
                   
                  Thank you Barnes & Noble for making me download library books to my desktop and then side load to my Nook when an Overdrive app is available for Android.
                  Given the recent issues with publishers getting very annoyed by Overdrive due to Overdrive's very tight relationship with Amazon, it's actually possible that the issue here is that Overdrive has chosen not to port their app to the Nook family, rather than that BN didn't ask them to. 
                   
                  Thank you Barnes & Noble for delegating in store tech support to the music department even though the person working there readily admits to a complete lack of knowledge on how a Nook operates.

                   

                  It would be great if BN had a requirement that the designated hitters at each store for Nook support had actually done some training on the device. They may have something like that as a policy, but yes, you'll find a lot of people on these forums who know more about the devices that what an employee could learn in a day long course. 

                   

                  I think it'd make sense to not only have the DH required to train, but as a perk for being the DH, that employee were issued a Nook device for free that they could use at home and keep learning on.  That would go a ways to maing staff want to be the DH, rather than getting stuck with it. 

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                      roustabout wrote:

                      Well, I think it's splendid that BN stuck with Gingerbread for this device - the 7 plus is a very tempting device, but for me the bit where it runs Honeycomb is a deal breaker, since it cripples batched library management in Calibre.


                      Could you elaborate, please, and/or supply a reference link? (I didn't find anything relevant by searching.) I'm considering the 7 plus and would like to know about any such restrictions, though I do expect I'll want to stick with my NST for most reading. I understand the 7 plus will be getting ICS eventually. Will that make a difference?

                       

                      Thanks.

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                          roustabout

                          Gingerbread and earlier Android devices, when connected to your computer by a USB cable, unmount their fat32 partitions (some automtically, like Nooks;  some manually, like Samsung Gingerbread devices) and present those partitions to your PC as if they were hard disks. 

                           

                          So your PC can treat those as mass storage devices, and poll them, etc. 

                           

                          Honecomb and ICS have adopted a presentation using a thing called MPT or MTP - the device is seen as a media player, and the Android device retains control of the Fat32 partitions and acts as the gatekeeper to them, essentially. 

                           

                          Calibre can't talk to an MTP device -- perhaps this is "yet," and they'll develop a way to do it.  A problem is that not only is the Android MTP interface under HC slow, it's buggy - file and directory creation and deletion aren't correctly reported back to the computer, which means even if Calibre could speak the language, there's no guarantee that the management would actually work. 

                           

                          Mark and Dean and I go through a chunk of this info in this thread:

                           

                          http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Tablet-General-Discussion/Semi-technical-issues-in-the-partitioning-debate/td-p/1209290

                      • Re: Thank you Barnes & Noble - N2A
                        daenas

                        Hiberny wrote:

                        I think logdog is talking about apps and the lack of sideloading.

                         

                        I was planning on buying a Nook Tablet and a N2A card for $50.  For the same cost, I can now get a Galaxy Tab 7 plus.  I really liked the ergonomics of the NT, but I may go for the Tab for the 5 Ghz wireless, the cameras, or the GPS. 

                         

                        I'm still waiting for my tax refund, so I guess B&N has a few more weeks to wow me.


                        I returned my new BN Tablet and got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, for only $40.00 more, and I love it!  I never realized there was so much out there in regards to apps after using my Nook Color for a year.

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                      I sooo much agree with u logdog!!!
                      • Re: Thank you Barnes & Noble - N2A
                        Thank you Barnes & Noble for selling a “tablet” that is locked down to anything not sold by your company.
                         
                        Thank you Barnes & Noble for not responding to my issues with your email app that wasn’t fixed with your last update.
                         
                        Thank you Barnes & Noble for not responding to my question about how to use my Barnes & Noble gift card to purchase apps.
                         
                        Thank you Barnes & Noble for asking me to pay for apps that are free from other sources.
                         
                        Thank you Barnes & Noble for making me download library books to my desktop and then side load to my Nook when an Overdrive app is available for Android.
                         
                        Thank you Barnes & Noble for delegating in store tech support to the music department even though the person working there readily admits to a complete lack of knowledge on how a Nook operates.
                         
                        Your actions (or lack thereof) caused me to look for other options and eventually I found the N2A card on Amazon.com which turned my Nook Tablet into a fully functioning Android Tablet by simply inserting a SD card. Now I have an email app that actually works, a Nook app, a Kindle app and I can download free apps from Amazon and the Google Marketplace. I can download library books directly to the Nook. I can share files between my Nook and my desktop.
                         
                        So thank you Barnes & Noble because I finally have a real Tablet that works and I no longer have to wait on you for tech support.
                        Nice rant.
                        You do realize that yuor poor attitude will make almost any dev quickly ignore you and move on?
                        If you wanted help with your e-mail did you describe the problem to the community and ask for help? If so, where is the original post?
                        Gift cards has been answered above. Attach one to your account. You can use them to purchase books and apps. I have done this for myself many times.
                        Re apps: While I would like to see more apps on their app store. I do not want them to clone to google or amazon market. You do realize the about 90% of the available apps are total crap right? Same thing on the iOS side of things. What we want is QUALITY apps that looks nice on our screens and are formatted for them. A lot of developers do not want to re-write their programs specifically to offer a nook version. Deal with it. Or write your own programs.
                        I can't address your library issue as I have never borrowed an e-book from a library and I doubt I ever will.
                        If my responses seem harsh, it's just because your post drips with disdain and sarcasm.