Questions & Answers
- Answer I was torn between the nook and the color nook but decided on the regular nook. Besides the $100 price difference the easiest way to sum it up is that the Color is a "jack of all trades but master of none". It wants to be an ipad but it's not, but those qualities that make it look like an ipad make it a not so good e-reader. The backlit lcd screen is good for reading in the dark/low light but other than that the regular "print" screen on the nook is better...can be read in direct sunlight, much less strain on the eyes than reading from the bright backlit lcd (think reading from a computer screen). The deciding factor for me was that my smartphone can browse and handle apps better than the nook color can and I always have it handy so I knew that nook would be used exclusively as a reader...in which case, I think the b&w screen is outstanding. Hope this helps.
- Answer The Simple Touch uses ONLY reflected light and has no internal light...which is why the battery lasts weeks with the Wi-Fi turned off. However, it is effective with surprisingly little light. My bedroom light is a 20 watt energy efficient bulb that has about the same light output as a traditional 80 watt bulb. That is NOT enough light to read a traditional book without eyestrain. However, I have used that light to read the Nook Simple Touch. I select a larger font than most people use, and with a larger font, the Nook is easy and pleasant to read...with just that 20 watt bulb.
- Answer No, you don't need wireless. You do need a computer. Without wireless, you just have to use the included cord to hook it up to your computer to transfer books to the Nook.
- Answer Yes. If you go onto the library's website using your computer there should be an ebook selection. If you click on that they usually have information on what software you need to download to use there library. In my case I had to download the software onto my computer and connect my nook to the computer. Then the book would be found in library, my files. Good Luck! (It did take me a while to figure out so hang in there.)
- Answer The All-New NOOK does not come with games. If you are interested in reading and gaming, NOOK Color may be a better option for you with its wide selection of apps in addition to the over 2 million titles the NOOK Store offers to choose from for reading!
- Answer You can borrow e-books from your local library (after loading software that allows you to do this), and I usually buy my books from B&N, although you can get them elsewhere as a previous reviewer mentioned. You have to buy most books, but some of them are really cheap (just got one for 99 cents), and the classics are mostly free. Many books are about the same cost as their hard copy counterparts. That is up to the publisher. I compared books from Amazon and B&N for their respective devices, and they were exactly the same.
- Answer Yes, the All-New NOOK supports ePub, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, and BMP formats.
- Answer They both have the same screen. Kindle has a keyboard and D pad for havigation, while Nook is touch and uses an on screen keyboard when needed. Kindle has more built in memory, but Nook can hold books on an SD card to expand memory. Nook is shorter because no keyboard on the bottom, and slightly lighter. Battery life is supposed the be comparable. Nook is WiFi only while Kindle has a version with 3G for more money. Try them both. Best Buy is a good place to try Ereaders hands on.
QuestionAre you able to read clearly in sunlight?I have seen several e-readers that its difficult to read outdoors was wondering if this includes a feature that you can read outdoors.
- Answer I find it easy to ready Kindles and Nooks in the sunlight. The Nook Color and, of course, iPads, are backlit so they won't show up well in sunlight;are those the ones you've tried? I can't imagine having difficulty seeing an e-ink screen in bright light but, if you've tried a Kindle in bright light and didn't like it, then I think e-readers, at least in their the current state of technology, are not for you.
- Answer Certain books have a function called LendMe. You can let them borrow the books and during that time you actually cannot read the books since it has been "loaned out".
QuestionCan you get Sodoko or crossword puzzles on the Nook?I would like to buy a reader for my wife, but I would like it to have some other uses besides reading on it.
- Answer The Simple Touch type of nook does not have sudoku or crossword puzzles.
QuestionCan the Nook highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use like a Kindle can?.
- Answer Yes, NOOK can select and share or look up passages or words, highlight, bookmark and even take notes plus many other features.
QuestionWho Supports the NookSince Barnes and Noble is closing so many of it's stores who will be supporting the ebook if I purchase one. From where will books be ordered if Barnes and Nobles closes altogether.
- Answer Barnes & Noble is still a strong player in the bookselling industry and we are definitely not closing stores - it is possible that you are thinking of Borders' liquidation process. While a BN store may close from time to time, we are committed to our physical presence and the outstanding customer service and convenience we can provide because of our large store base; our stores collectively, as well as our company, are not going anywhere in the long term. Keeping this in mind, you can rest assured that Barnes & Noble will still be available regularly to assist you with any customer support you may need. Utilize our store locator tool on BN.COM to determine the closest store to you and one of our expert booksellers will assist you with any questions you may have. Additionally, feel free to call 1-800-THE-BOOK to access our customer service line.
Questionwill this work with the ubs connectorI have a desktop It has a cable connection It has UBS slots can I use this reader with the desk top I do not have WI FI which I understand is a wireless connection. I want to charge the reader , download the books, and read it away from the commputer. If I buy this do I need to buy anything else to use it?
- Answer Connecting your All-New NOOK to your desktop will allow you to charge the device and load your own content (not content purchased from BN.COM) onto the device. However, to purchase content from BN.COM you have two options: 1) Visit NOOKbooks.com and shop for content via your PC or Mac. Once content is purchased, however, you'll need to locate a WiFi hotspot (available at many places you already frequent - such as Barnes & Noble stores, McDonald's and Starbucks, to name a few) to download the content for reading. Once you've downloaded the content though, you'll no longer need a WiFi signal to read the content on the device. 2) You can locate a WiFi hotspot immediately and use the WiFi signal to purchase content directly on the device and it will download automatically.
Questioncan this ereader be used to download books needed for college classes instead of purchasing the books themselves?Can this ereader be used to download books needed for college classes instead of purchasing the books themselves?
- Answer Depending on your classes and the textbooks needed, NOOK may be a great option for you. Browse our NOOK Store (nookbooks.com) to see if your textbooks are available for download - if they are, you can purchase and download and you will be set. If they aren't, it is possible that a digital copy of your textbook comes with purchase of a physical copy or you may be able to purchase a digital (PDF or ePub) version elsewhere. If that is the case, you can manually load those files onto NOOK.