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A good basic reader, but too many drawbacks.
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
Member Name: BurberryJJ
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
Advantages: Pocketable, easy to read, a boon in waiting rooms and buses.
Disadvantages: Too many features designed for Barnes & Noble's benefit rather than yours.
I've had a Kobo for a while, and when it started to act up (having had a very hard life) I sought nothing more than a new one (I don't like the Kindle at all.) But on calling at my local Argos, I found they were selling the Nook Simple Touch at £20 less than the Kobo. It looked OK so I went for it.
It was a mistake, even at a discount.
I almost returned the Nook right away, when I read reports that I might have to tender my credit card number before I could even use it, but I managed to register without it - perhaps they've changed that requirement now - it would have been a deal-breaker for me. Registering did present one problem - it's only possible by wi-fi, and I have a wired internet connection, so I had to register in a coffee shop hotspot. My old Kobo registered via USB on my PC.
The actual reading experience on a Nook is very pleasant - very similar to the Kobo. The home menu screen is rather cluttered compared to the Kobo, and books don't seem to me to be so easy to organise or find. And you can't delete side-loaded books other than via the PC. All in all though - if this had been my first eBook reader, I'd have been pleased enough.
But I soon ran into trouble. I already have a collection of non-DRMed eBooks that I intended simply to 'side-load' - and so I did for a while. I soon got a 'memory full' error after loading just part of my collection. I was told that my 240meg of memory was now full. 240 meg????!!!! I'd paid for 2 gig!!
It transpires that, of the 2 gig you pay for on the Nook, Barnes and Noble reserve over 1.5 gig solely for books purchased from their store - it can be used no other way, and users have no access to it, even via their PC!! Frankly that's unacceptable - neither the Kobo or Kindle charge customers for memory and reserve it for themselves. You can insert a micro SD card, but that shouldn't be necessary.
Also, while I haven't had the Nook long enough to be sure, a week's use at 2 hours a day had the battery down to 60% - so claims of 2 months between charges seems to me to be a flight of fancy.
My wife quite likes the Nook and is happy with a small collection on the device, so it's hers now. Meanwhile I'm still using my old Kobo and about to shop for another. As with most manufacturers, there are other models in the Nook range - but I'm afraid I won't be shopping with Barnes & Noble again.
Slightly off topic, but two points for people with new eBook readers. First, get a copy of calibre on your PC - an excellent free eBook organiser. Second, switch off your reader's wi-fi at the earliest opportunity and leave it off unless you really need it.
Summary: Until buyers can access the memory they paid for, a poor buy, even at discount.
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