10 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2013 11:35 AM by HumbleCorrespondent

    Black Friday NST $39

    MacMcK1957
      Just saw the email from B&N. Makes me want to call everyone I know who might be on the fence about buying one. If I hadn't just bought the NSTG for $49 last Friday I'd be picking up one as a spare.
        • Re: Black Friday NST $39
          bobstro

          That is an awesome deal. Any idea if these will be available online? I don't need any more NSTs, but it's hard to pass 'em up at that price!

           

          If anybody's been thinking about getting an eInk device, this is a deal they should jump on. Thanks for the pointer!

          • Re: Black Friday NST $39
            HumbleCorrespondent

            I put one in my 'shopping bag' about 2 minutes after midnight eastern time. I read on an NC over 2 years, and I now read on a larger tablet, but at $39, l could not pass it up. They're almost giving them away. I don't like reading in the dark, so I don't need one that glows. Although for $49 I almost got one. But since I will still do most of my reading on the tablet, that still wasn't enough of an enticement. But the NST will be nice when I want to flop on the couch, be, outside, or am anywhere else that I want something light weight and extremely portable to read on. Most of the time the added weight of the tablet isn't an issue for me when I read, but in situations like this, it will be nice to have something so light weight and can easily fit in a jacket pocket. It ships tomorrow with free shipping. I don't go anywhere except to the grocery store on Black Friday. That's more stress than I want.

              • Re: Black Friday NST $39
                HumbleCorrespondent

                HumbleCorrespondent wrote:

                I put one in my 'shopping bag' about 2 minutes after midnight eastern time. I read on an NC over 2 years, and I now read on a larger tablet, but at $39, l could not pass it up. They're almost giving them away. I don't like reading in the dark, so I don't need one that glows. Although for $49 I almost got one. But since I will still do most of my reading on the tablet, that still wasn't enough of an enticement. But the NST will be nice when I want to flop on the couch, be, outside, or am anywhere else that I want something light weight and extremely portable to read on. Most of the time the added weight of the tablet isn't an issue for me when I read, but in situations like this, it will be nice to have something so light weight and can easily fit in a jacket pocket. It ships tomorrow with free shipping. I don't go anywhere except to the grocery store on Black Friday. That's more stress than I want.


                My NST arrived last night. Even at $39, they still gave me the $5 gift card, making the effective price $34. You can't beat that.

                 

                This is my first e-ink device, and I like it. Visually, I think I would have liked a 7" screen better, but the light-weight portability makes up for that, especially since I plan on using this as a secondary device. I find the text sharp and not fuzzy at all. Although the background is darker than paper, I find the contrast between the background and the text is quite sufficient.

                 

                The interesting thing, though, is that everyone talks about the glare of LCD screens versus the non-glare of e-ink screens. The e-ink obviously does not have the direct glare of back-lighting, but it still has the glare of ambient light reflected off of the glass of the screen. I don't know why, but I was not expecting this. The difference in glare between the NST and a tablet with a non-glare, matte screen protector, along with judicious use of font, font size, colors, and brightness, is not as great as I imagined.

                 

                Over all, the thing I like most is how light-weight it is, and how comfortable it is in my hand. I also think it's pretty cool how the wallpaper image is visible when the unit is asleep. This may be yesterday's technology, but it holds up pretty well. I also have to say, I am glad it has the micro SD card slot. Using Calibre, I side-loaded about 500 MB in books. I just used a 1 GB card I had from an old cell phone. Between promotional freebies, and public domain books, I have a lot of good stuff to read. I probably won't get to read it all, but I like having a wide selection immediately available since I never know what I might like to read next. I like options.

                 

                  • Re: Black Friday NST $39
                    kamas716

                    HumbleCorrespondent wrote:

                    The interesting thing, though, is that everyone talks about the glare of LCD screens versus the non-glare of e-ink screens. The e-ink obviously does not have the direct glare of back-lighting, but it still has the glare of ambient light reflected off of the glass of the screen. I don't know why, but I was not expecting this. The difference in glare between the NST and a tablet with a non-glare, matte screen protector, along with judicious use of font, font size, colors, and brightness, is not as great as I imagined.


                     


                    I think what most people are referring to with 'glare' is bright light reflecting off the screen.  The difference in reading on eInk vs. LCD in sunlight is quite large.  My wife's NT and HD are pretty much worthless outside.

                • Re: Black Friday NST $39
                  BFCoughlin

                  Bought the NST as a birthday gift for our daughter today.

                    • Re: Black Friday NST $39
                      Mercury_Glitch

                      We got HD + 16GBs in about a week or two ago. 

                       

                      This weekend was good for my store, sold out of Snow HD 8 and 16GB, and came close for the Smoke HD 16GB.  The Smoke HD 8GB sold very well, but we were stocked for better. 

                       

                      We (this forum) have heard the rumors of a new tablet on the near horizon.  I specify the forum as I have heard nothing through any official channels and I want to make that very clear.  So perhaps selling out of the HDs is what B&N wants, then get a smaller run of the HDs to last until they release this new tablet.

                       

                      It's sort of hard moving the older devices once something new comes out. 

                    • Re: Black Friday NST $39
                      patgolfneb

                      Keriflur may correct me here, but don't rights revert to the author after a specific time period or if out of print after a specified contract Period?  This has led some authors to converting and reissuing their out of print titles on their own dime, a very small number with good success. Going forward  virtually all contracts will include e book rights, and any book published for many years has been prepared on a word processing or publishing system of some kind. Very few conversions start from scratch.  Copies may not exist for some books ,  or they may use outdated proprietary systems.  That doesn't mean it is 0 work but the amount of work probably varies considerably.