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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love My Nook

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    Though I absolutely LOVE my Nook, which I received as a birthday present, I have to admit that there are several issues with it that I wish I knew before I asked for it. The instruction leaflet (it's literally a small piece of paper) that comes with it is very minimal, so don't expect to get much help there. When I first opened up my gift, I plugged it in immediately. After an hour or so I tried to play with it only to find that it was frozen and this has happed a few times since. It's freezed a few times, usually it comes back after shutting it down and powering it back on. A couple of weeks ago, it froze for an entire day and wouldn't turn on no matter what I did. I called CS and was assured that this happens often. I was instructed to take out the battery and plug it in. Odd thing is that I had tried that on my own to no avail. Never the less.. it worked again. The pages turn much too slowly, even after the recent software upgrade. It's somewhat heavy and the design is not ergonomic, making it a bit awkward to hold for a long amount of time. I'm a book fiend and read for hours every day. The battery life is pretty good so long as you don't use the apps (soduku, chess, web, shopping, etc.). Using the latter will drain the battery really fast, which is going to be a huge issue given the apps with the recent upgrade. The touchpad is also not as responsive as we've become used to with touchscreen technology. The screens tend to smudge and the glare can be annoying even with the protective covers, which by the way can be a drag to apply. I also find that the books cost just about as much as paper ones. It's also not backlit, so you have to get the light and it doesn't latch on well when you have silicone cover on. Though more esthetic than functional, there are also not very many cute and affordable covers for the Nook. The leather ones can be expensive and the silicone covers gather every spec of dust within a 10 mile radius. Given all of the negatives, you'd think that I wouldn't like my Nook, but like I said...I LOVE IT!!! It's cute and very convenient to just download any book I want rather than make my monthly trip to B&N to buy more books. It seems that the possibility for new apps is great. I would definitely recommend this.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good product, bad manual

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    Once you learn how to use this device it's great. Learning to use it is more painful than necessary. The display is very clear even in direct sunlight. You have a choice of 3 type fonts and 4 type sizes. The device uses the Android operating system, which allows software upgrades to be downloaded to fix problems or improve features and performance; several have already been released, and by now the Nook performs much better and has more features than it did in early reviews. I received this product just before going on a trip and tried to learn to use it from the enclosed documentation. I finally had to give up and call my daughter (who sells Nooks) to get some hints on what to do. The color touch screen is a nice touch. One of the features not covered clearly in the manual is that you scroll up and down or left and right to access all of the options on the screen. And more options keep coming -- they just added a couple of games and a web browser. You are going to need internet access to do several necessary things with the Nook. You need to open and account with Barnes & Noble on their website and register your device. B&N demands that you have a default credit card on file before you can download books; this can't be done using the Nook. If you are getting tight on space and want to delete items such as samples of books that you downloaded to look at you have to do this through the website. My daughter tells me that you can archive books (leaving them available for the future) through the Nook, but I haven't figured out how yet. Several features made the Nook my first choice for an ereader. --Since you don't have to touch the large screen it stays clear and easy to read, unlike the Sony devices. --It doesn't require a stylus to work, unlike the iRex. --You can download Google Books for free, unlike the Kindle. --It uses epub open format rather than Amazon's proprietary one. --You can replace the battery yourself. --You can add memory and expand the number of books you have available. --Barnes & Noble lets you browse books in their store for free before buying.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Reading AGAIN!

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    I loved reading. I used to read all the time. However, I am horrible at returning library books and loathe the idea of killing trees for books that I may on read only once. I was VERY interested in eReaders. From work experience, I KNEW I could not read on a computer screen. The eye strain is unbearable. I got my nook from my husband for our sixth anniversary. I came to use it with no expectations, no prior experience with any other brand. I simply wanted an "ereader" I could read anywhere. I tend to be mildly ADHD but find I can occupy my mind reading when there isn't a TV available. My husband is somewhat thrilled and disillusioned. I do not watch near the amount of TV as I used to, but now, I am grossly absorbed into reading. As for the nook; if you have never used another eReader device and have no expectations, it is great. I do not know the pros/cons of other devices, and personally, I do not care. I find most critics of "other" ereaders are owners of the Amazon kindle, and well, they sound rather snobbish about their kindles. I have no brand loyalty. What I did appreciate about B&N and their nook as that I have access to wifi at home and away and can get books without having to have my computer or anything else with me. I like the selection at B&N. I think ALL ebook prices are too high for what you get, regardless of your brand loyalty, however, I can more rationalize this than the whole tree/paperback thing. I can maintain my nook without having to ship it off (that would VERY much irritate me if I had to ship it off for a simple battery replacement). I love the idea that I can go to any B&N and get access to exclusive ebooks. I like the longevity and “brick and mortar” security of B&N as a company. People say reading is a dead past time. I say if everyone had an ereader it would live again. People just need to evolve, think outside the “book”, magazine or newspaper and get digital with their reading. I can’t say that Sony or Amazon do not have excellent devices, because I have never touched one. I can say that I love my nook and am so thrilled to be reading again after many years of “abstaining”.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Definitely something to look into!

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    I have thoroughly enjoyed the use of my Nook after buying it in mid-August. The most impressive aspect of the device is the battery longevity. You can basically leave it on, either using it or not using it, with the WiFi off and it will last for a full 2 weeks. The screen is clearly legible when you are reading PDF documents and B&N books, PDF documents display perfectly for reading on the device, you can change the size of the text if it's hard to read, it plays music while you read, and if you need to look up something on the internet, it's easy to quickly go and look something up on Google and go right back to where you left off in reading. I highly recommend getting a leather-bound case for it to protect it but the value of the Nook is fantastic for the avid reader or just for reading technical documents which is what I use it for (it's a lot easier to read technical documents on a separate device from your PC and easily be able to refer to it on the nook). With the gray screen though (when reading tech docs), you're unable to determine when text is highlighted in the book, that's the only flaw. Overall, the ease of use is fantastic via the color LCD screen at the bottom, it's easy to search through your PDFs, easy to upload to, and very pleasant on the eyes as if you were reading a regular book but this way, you don't have to hold a bulky book (computer books can be rather lengthy!) and your not blinded by a bright computer screen as such when you're reading docs on the PC. It's great for travel and if you're gone for less than a week, you don't even have to take the charger as long as you charge it before you leave. Not to mention, it's very lightweight and the 3G works great! Highly recommend!

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love it

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    to address the past two reviewers. The manuals and the "How To's" of this are more in depth on the barnes and noble website. This is becoming more common with electronics that a need a computer to begin with. It saves on paper To the other, the "Audible" format is owned by Amazon "ahemm" the maker of the Kndle. You won't see them selling that to their largest competitor any time soon. But you can download audio books into an MP3 format and put in your nook that way. Very easy But onto the unit itself. So far I just love this thing. I was going back and forth between this and the Kindle, what pushed me over to the Nook was 1) it supports an open format e-pub, that huge, I can even go into a local library and check out a book. The Kindle is too much like the iTunes you have to buy their books to use on it or reformat, 2) I love the touchscreen color LCD navigation, it just gives you a more "now" feel to it. much like your smart phone or iPhone. and it displays book cover art in color. 3) has Wi-Fi, The Kindle uses Whispernet, which isn't available everywhere. wi fi generally is. That's nice 4) Huge Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, lover. Love the fact you can go in and browse any book. Just a great great feature. And the fact you can bring it into any Barnes and Noble store to have it looked at if you are having any issues. You have to pack up your Amazon and mail it if you own a Kindle. Besides, if you want it today you can have it today. There is no price advantage to have to wait for it in the mail from Amazon. The Kindle overall felt like very old technology from the 80's. stubby joystick to navigate. Seriously? The Nook is so much sleeker and just has better feel and cooler navigation. Yes there is a learning curve but so isn't any new product that has this type of navigation. You aren't going to ditch your iPhone for your old Motorola SarTac from the early 2000's because it was easier to navigate? As of right now, the Nook is just the better e-reader, I love it. The iPad looks amazing but it has too many limitations for avid bookreaders. size and portabliity, LCD screen and is useless outdoors or standing on the Subway commuting. Besides it's twice the price for a basic one and is serious overkill for my needs. Anyway The Nook is the way to go when searching for a dedicated e-reader.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Gift!

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    My husband bought this for me as a surprise and at first I wasn't sure I would like it. I love to read, but as a teacher, I value books. My husband did some research to surprise me with an ebook and he decided the nook was the best deal. I love the nook because I can download so many books for free or for a great price. I have also figured out how to download free books from the library and LOVE this feature. I also like that it holds so many books so when I am on vacation, I don't have to lug several books around; they are all stored in this one device. I also love that it doesn't have a backlight so I can read it easily outside. I did not get the colored Nook and do not see why you would need that (I don't read picture books, and the pictures that are on my Nook- Covers, etc.- are Beautiful.... looks like they are sketched). I don't see the point in paying more for the color and I have heard it runs the battery down. For a gift I wasn't sure I wanted, I certainly love my Nook and would recommend it to anyone!

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Device - some features better than Kindle

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    Last year I bought my wife a Kindle 2 (love that as well) and I just got a Nook for myself after carefully comparing the features between this and the new Kindle 3. While the Kindle 3 is a fantastic device, here is what made me decide on the Nook instead: (1) access to Epub books (Kindle currently does not offer this) and (2) in store (B&N) experience - since I vist Barnes and Noble often, the Nook provides capability to read a host of books for free up to an hour a day while in store. They also provide unique promotions to you while in store (free and/or heavily discounted books). That said, I would advise everyone to carefully assess the features of both devices carefully and make a decision based on what is right for you. For example, if the above features were not important to me, I would have probably went with the Kindle due to longer battery life, smaller profile and (slightly) better contrast e-ink. It should also be noted that the new firmware (1.5) download for the Kindle helped reconcile what (IMO) was the biggest drawback to the Nook last year -- specifically page turn speed. Given that I have both devices, I can tell you that the speed of navigation is virtually equal now between the two devices.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome ... much better than kindle

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    I have the 1st Gen kindle, and liked it until Amazon wasn't allowed to publish books by my favorite author's publisher anymore due to a pricing dispute ... I felt that they would not be the first publishers to drop off. So I bought the Nook, because not only do they not have the quarrels with publishers that Amazon has, but I can also easily lend out a book to a family member across the country at the touch of a button. The color touch screen is cool and I like all the features and capabilities the Nook has. I really love that the Nook displays the book's actual page numbers and not a random "location" numbering system that the Kindle uses. My only complaint is that because of all the bells and whistles that the Nook has, it takes a while to turn on, sometimes over a minute. The Kindle turns on within seconds and opens right to the page you had when you turned it off. Aside from this the Nook is far superior to the Kindle and I am extremely happy to have gotten it.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great eReader

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    I've had my Nook since the end of April and over that period of time, it has, almost, become the exclusive means of my leisure reading. I work for a public library, so there are still books that I checkout and read. I find the e-Ink screen to be clear and easy to read. The touchscreen is responsive and easy to use. The interface is intuitive and simple enough that I haven't had to read much of the manual. There have been two software updates since the time I purchased and both have gone off without incident. I have been pleased with the updates, although neither games nor web browsing were of interest to me at the time of purchase. I find that I am able to read, on it, for hours without any problems or eye strain. I find that I put it in airplane mode, unless I have a need for it to connect to a network. That greatly enhances battery-life.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good, but it is a tech item

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    I have been using a Nook for two days, reading both books I downloaded from B&N and free books from Project Gutenberg that I placed on the device by hand. In general it has been a positive experience--be advised, however, that only the epub format seems to work truly well. The type is readable and the device is easy to hold with one hand (nice when you are eating and drinking) while the page turning buttons are easy to avoid (I have heard that the Kindle's page turn buttons can be accidentally pushed). The interface is reasonable, though the touch screen takes getting used to and certain acts, such as trying to highlight a word to look it up in the online dictionary, are clumsy. I do feel that this device should be $100 less at least, and perhaps that day will come. The USB cable and charging plug could be replaced, if lost, by inexpensive non-propriety ones, and that is nice, though it is the type with a very small and delicate link at the device end--too delicate possibly. The question that most interests me is whether this device will appeal to a tech averse individual. As of now, I doubt it. I still had the usual tech learning curve and little initial mishaps, e.g. freeze-ups. Someone comfortable with a computer or iPod would take everything I experienced in stride, but this does not pass the "grandmother test" for usability. Given the dismal state of the publishing industry and the impossibility for new writers to get a break, I am hoping devices such as the Nook take off. They are getting there--but the day has not yet come when picking up an eBook device is as easy as picking up an actual book. I am not convinced by the claim that people "need to hold a real book in their hands." It's about the words and ideas, not the medium. When a truly easy electronic reader comes along, the users will follow.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The Best eReader

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    Great device, in my opinion the best eReader out there, some people have complained about long bootup times, that's true ONLY if you totally turn off your nook, by default it has a sleep mode where it can go to sleep or wakeup in just half a second. The color touchscreen makes it very easy to browse through your books and since you can see the book covers in color it gives you that sense of reading a real book, page turns are quick and extremely easy, you can turn by either using the touch screen or the real hardware buttons on the edges of the Nook, it supports most formats ( including epub) unlike its competitors, you have literally hundreds of sites where to download thousands of free ebooks in open format (including new bestsellers) that your Nook can read for free! just make search on Google for free ebook sites. The only things I would like to see improved is the fact that you cannot yet go directly to a specific page on your documents, (Though you can bookmark any page for quick access) but I'm sure that will soon be added, it's not that hard to implement, I would also like to see ways to zoom in or out in .pdf documents. Oh don't forget to download and install the Calibre Ebook Manager to sync and manage content on your Nook!

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The eReader That Caught me

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    For a very long time I did not think I would buy an eReader, for 2 reasons. -1 was that I didn't want authors/publishers to go broke -2 was I didn't want bookstores to die. The Nook handles both those issues. B&N is working much better with publishers than the Kindle to make sure everyone gets a fair share - Amazon is NOT and proof of this can easily be found with a simple google search (just type in Kindle and lawsuit!). The Nook also lets you read a good deal of books free in the bookstore and has many free classic books and a large selection of books under $5 which balances out the high cost of other books (highest I've seen of what I've wanted was $9.99 which is still cheaper than a hardcover). (My cousin has had a Kindle for months now and we've discussed all the following - leading her to now want a Nook!) It's easy to use and navigate. It reads different file formates including PDF and ePUB which means you can read more than just the eBooks you buy on it! Check your local library because if it has an eLibrary you can check out books in these formats. It also plays audio files so you can listen to audiobooks in certain formats as well. (Also available at most eLibraries) My cousin was excited about the 'text to speech' option. Well it's computerized and it's not available for all books (google that lawsuit). She's also mentioned that her Kindle's battery is built in - so when it stops holding a charge she has to SEND IT BACK. The Nook has an easily changeable battery and expandable memory. Maybe a lot of people don't care about publishers and author's getting their due. Would you really prefer to support Amazon's eReader over the people who wrote the books you read on it? It's funny that certain pubs like Penguin are fighting Amazon and people take Amazon's side and call Penguin greedy. If you want your writers to keep writing atleast do some research and make sure the eReader you buy isn't screwing them and paying them pennies on the dollar for their work. If you care, buy the Nook - the eReader that is working hand in hand with the publishers instead of an online marketer that's twisting arms and digging for copyright loopholes. I am very happy with my Nook. I am happy that I can bring it into my favorite bookstore and sample nearly any book I want. I have the option to LEND certain books out to my fellow Nook owners (LendMe technology!). My only gripe is that sometimes I can't turn the page on the touchpad but not everyone has that issue. It actually may be my cold tiny fingers because my laptop doesn't respond to me either.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I now love to read, thanks to my nook.

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    I was thinking of getting a Nook for my wife, because she loves to read. Me, not so much. As I did more research, I wondered if this neat little ereader could in fact help me love to read. I have had the Nook for 2 weeks, and I cannot believe how much I love to read on this awesome little device. I work in I.T., so I of course had to pour over tons of research. I basically compared the Nook, the Kindle, and the iPad. The Kindle was too proprietary for me, as you couldn't even add memory, replace the battery, or check out library ebooks to it. The iPad is much harder on your eyes because it is LCD instead of the eink like the Kindle and Nook eReaders have. Plus, the iPad costs a lot more and doesn't have a FREE 3G wireless bookstore built in. I love being able to get books any time, anywhere. If I want a book while I am surfing on my computer, I can but it an barnesandnoble.com and it will be waiting for me on my nook when I am ready. A lot of the issues that you might find with the Nook must have been fixed in recent releases because I haven't had any of the ones people refer too. You can do very basic web browsing, and sites designed for mobile devices work excellent. I won't get into all of the standard features, because those are already listed elsewhere. This is EXCELLENT if you love to read or WANT to love to read. I also got one for my wife, and she loves hers as well, but I finished my first book before she did. :) I took it to my local Barnes and Noble store this past weekend and if you get on their WiFi, they have special deals on ebooks, some free, and even had a coupon for a free desert at their Starbucks. Very cool! I also recommend the M-Edge executive case, it works very well and I have even gotten comments on it.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I'm Reading More

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    I've had my nook for about a month and am really enjoying it. I orginally bought it because I'm traveling more and carrying hardcover books is more difficult thanks to flight baggage restrictions. I've been an avid hardback book reader for most of my life and was definitely biased against the ereaders. However, I'm finding I'm reading more now as it's easier to carry around several "books" at a time. Also, it's easier to hold the nook to read as you can hold it with just one hand - it's easier to read on planes and in bed. Some areas that can be improved include faster operation, not accidently turning off instead of coming awake when you press the top button, adding some additional fonts, and manual text contrast changing. I think you're getting more for your money with the nook v the Kindle - I appreciate having a micro-sd card with the nook. All in all, I recommend the nook, even for those die hard paper-based book fans.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Well Worth the Wait

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    I have wanted an e-reader for about 2 years now. I had done a lot of research and was debating on whether or not to spend the money. I had played on several ones to see how they operated and wasn't overly dissattisfied with any of them. Ideally I wanted an ipad, but my last name isn't rockefeller. Then on Christmas morning, "Santa" had a nook under the tree for me. I love that it is 3G AND wifi capable. I also love the realistic screen and that it isn't overly complicated. The batterly life is ridiculouly long and have very little to complain about the device itself. I do wish that Barnes and Noble's support system would have been bette prepared for the onslaught recieved on Christmas day. It was very difficult to do much of anything and the support line wait time was a half hour. However, I haven't experienced any difficulties since then and would chose the nook over again if given the choice.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Fantastic Reader

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    I've spent a good couple of months with this reader and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. The selection of books is fantastic, I've never come across something I wanted to read that I couldn't get for my reader. The e-ink display is easy on the eyes and stands up to several hours of straight reading without any negative side effects. The reader itself is constructed well and, coupled with the leather cover I bought for it, seems to be very durable and never feels like something you have to be careful with. I like the touchscreen strip on the bottom. It is quite responsive and makes navigating the menus a snap. Overall I am very pleased and am enjoying a large jump in my own reading habits. If you haven't picked up a nook, I urge you to give this little guy a try, you won't regret it!

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best of the Bunch of E-readers

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    I've used the big three e-readers; the Kindle, the Sony, and the Nook. The Nook is by far my favorite. Like many, I cannot read text on a back-lit screen for long, so e-paper is my best choice in an e-reader (sorry, iPad). While the Nook's page darkens and flickers a few miliseconds when turning the page, one quickly adpats such that reading becomes second nature. The Nook is superior to the other readers for a number of features; 1. More books are available through B & N than through Amazon; 2. The unit easily accepts micro SD cards allowing easy expansion and book management (not so the Kindle); 3. Nook more ways of accessing content, including WiFi and 3G and every way your computer accesses content (although you don't need a computer to use a Nook); 4. Nook supports more e-book formats and so has broader applicability; 5. Nook is more visually appealing (IMHO) than Kindle with cleaner lines and an attractive color screen. I believe the Nook's e-paper is larger than the Kindle's; 6. By far the best feature of the Nook is that it has been jail broken (rooted) and as it is based on Google's Android operating system, Android apps run on the Nook. This can include web browsing via both WiFi and 3G. My Nook goes everywhere with me. While I could live without it, why would I? I regularly show mine to Kindle users, and so far, the "gadget envy factor" has been 3:1 in favor of the Nook.

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great features over other e-readers

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    Initially I was concerned after reading some of the early reviews when the Nook first came out. There were many comments about the unit being pretty slow turning pages or performing any other action. It appears that subsequent firmware/software updates have addressed most of these issues. The unit does take a bit to power up but waking from a sleep state is very quick. The only complaint that I have had so far is the speed of picking up a connection and special offers when connected to WiFi in a Barnes and Noble store (the only reason this isn't a 5 star review), but even that isn't really a big deal unless you're in a rush. I love the color touch screen and scrolling through book covers while shopping is a great feature. Add the bonus of Free eBook Fridays, free online books, the ability to read ebooks loaned from libraries, and other special offers from Barnes and Noble and it's a hard to beat product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    No regrets!

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    I researched e-readers for months before finally deciding to purchase the nook. It has the best of everything, at a fabulous price. Wi-fi, free 3G, super fast downloads of books and updates. The nook gives me the ability to replace the battery myself, without having to return the unit, and I can add data storage by adding a micro-sd card. I can borrow books from the library, load my own pdf files, and share the books I buy with friends who also use the B&N ereader. At the time I bought my nook, and still ongoing at this time, B&N were offering multiple free classics, and each Friday and a free download of a contemporary book. I have over 40 books on my nook, and have only paid for about 5 of them. This makes the nook a fabulous value.

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent e reader

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    I have had my Nook for several months now and received it as a gift. I was initially concerned reading it would be a strain on the eyes like working on a PC all day. I was wrong! It is so easy to read. The only downside is no backlight but I can live with that. On the plus side, B&N offers many free books. Over the summer they offered many classics. I also like that the Nook is the only (I think) reader that offers a memory card to increase storage. And all your B&N books are stored in your online library so if something happens you won't lose them. I have had no major issues with mine yet after 9 months. The only thing I have to decide now is whether to keep what I have or go with the new color one coming out.......

    I would recommend this to a friend