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Windows 7: E-Readers

06 Jun 2013   #11
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Keep in mind tablets will have far less battery life, only hours compared to the days and even weeks of e-ink e-book readers. Tablet screens can wash out in bright light and some people have difficulty reading LCD screens over long periods.
thats a very good point, the nook has 1 month battery life or 2 months if you dont use the glowlight.
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07 Jun 2013   #12
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Keep in mind tablets will have far less battery life, only hours compared to the days and even weeks of e-ink e-book readers. Tablet screens can wash out in bright light and some people have difficulty reading LCD screens over long periods.
Thank you Lady Fitzgerald, useful info

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
I've actually got the Kindle app on my Windows 8 Notebook and love it. It's OK for me as I don't go anywhere I don't need the portability of an e-reader.

I started with a couple of free books but to buy them is really cheap compared with actual books, I've just bought a couple so have plenty of reading when I'm not in forums.
Thank you Joan , I would be taking it to work with me.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Keep in mind tablets will have far less battery life, only hours compared to the days and even weeks of e-ink e-book readers. Tablet screens can wash out in bright light and some people have difficulty reading LCD screens over long periods.
thats a very good point, the nook has 1 month battery life or 2 months if you dont use the glowlight.
Thank you boohbah, noted
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07 Jun 2013   #13
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Yes, my apologies, I should have mentioned battery life. I did think of it after posting but was beaten to it.
It is indeed a big factor. My Daughters Tablet usually lasts a day, I have never owned an E-reader, but as has already been pointed out they seem to last for vast amounts of time in comparison to a tablet.

Paul.
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07 Jun 2013   #14
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Thank you Paul , I do like the looks and spec of the Nook, also the price
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07 Jun 2013   #15
z3r010

 

A question for the Nook owners

We have Kindles and I love the way they are seamlessly integrated with the amazon book store - what does the Nook have?
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07 Jun 2013   #16
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

NOOK Books, Download Free NOOK Books, eReader - Barnes*&*Noble

the nook also has a sd card and you can dl to them from wifi, also load books from the computer,
so any ebooks on the net are available presumably.
if they need converting you can use calibre. to the compatible type.
this is all guesswork though as i havent played with it yet.
there is a software upgrade for the nook HD that makes it a low end android tablet, which cant be bad.
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07 Jun 2013   #17
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
A question for the Nook owners

We have Kindles and I love the way they are seamlessly integrated with the amazon book store - what does the Nook have?
Good point.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
NOOK Books, Download Free NOOK Books, eReader - Barnes*&*Noble

the nook also has a sd card and you can dl to them from wifi, also load books frm the computer,
so any ebooks on the net are available presumably.
if they need converting you can use calibre. to the compatible type.
this is all guesswork though as i havent palyrd with it yet.
there is a software upgrade for the nook HD that makes it a low end android tablet, which cant be bad.

There seams to be pros and cons for all types, I'm going to have to study this a lot more then I thought, thank you for your input guys
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07 Jun 2013   #18
z3r010

 

Given the reviews on their own site, I wouldn't go anywhere near one - Barnes & Noble | Customer Reviews | NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight by Barnes & Noble

IMO for an e-reader the Kindle has always got to be the best bet, ok they may slightly dearer but you know they (Amazon) will always have support unlike Barnes and Noble or others that could go bust or discontinue at any time.
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07 Jun 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

A warning about the Nook. Barnes and Noble are having sales problems with the Nook and its e-book store. Most experts are predicting its demise (although there is a slight chance M$ may buy it out). If that does happen, the nook e-books would be unreadable after the you device died. Also, Nook's DRM is tied to the credit card number used to purchase it. Once the card expires, you would have to keep track of its number to access your books.

Although I personally do not like the Kindle e-readers and it's highly unlikely I will ever own one, it is still the most popular brand, with the Paperwhite currently in the lead. Amazon's Kindle bookstore is the largest one readily available. Despite my dislike of Kindles and Amazon's own little walled garden, they are still what I recommend to most people because of the store's wide selection of books and the Kindles' ease of use. Kindle e-book readers and e-books are pretty much plug and play when used together. Plus, there are apps that will allow one to read their Kindle books on their PCs, android devices (phones and tablets), and iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, and Macs).

Whatever you choose, also keep in mind most e-book reader vendors tie their e-books to their own readers with DRM (Digital Rights Management), an especially insidious form of copy protection that can be used to, besides prevent copying, lock e-books to one brand of e-reader, cause e-books to expire after a certain amount of time (used most often with library e-books), and limit sales to a certain part of the world. If the e-book reader and book vendor goes belly up or decides to change format (both have happened), you will lose access to your e-books. That is one reason why I recommend the Kindles and their books. Amazon is not likely to go under anytime in our lifetimes. They have had a format change but they were wise enough to keep their e-readers backwards compatible so no one lost any books.

Kindles and Kindle books use a proprietary form of the MOBI e-book format. They can also read non-proprietary MOBI books as long they aren't DRM infected (they exist but they are scarce and are usually the classics, which also can be found for free). Other than Kindle books, the most popular (and superior) e-book format is e-PUB, which Kindle can't read. Most free e-books are in this format. By using calibre, one can convert e-Pubs to MOBI so they can be read on Kindles.

A word (or more) about calibre. Calibre (btw, it's properly spelled with a lower case c and is pronounced the same as caliber, per the developer) is the best e-book management program by far and has the added bonus of being free. With calibre, one can list their books, sort them, load e-book readers, search by title, author, genre, etc. Calibre has its own e-book reader although it will not read any DRM infested books. Calibre can also convert e-books from one format to another as long as they are not DRM infested. One can use calibre to manage Kindle books but can't read them.

What bothers many users about calibre, especially new users, is calibre copies one's e-books into its own "database". This rattles people who like to organize their e-books in their own folder/filename structure. However, the way calibre organizes (manages is a more accurate term) e-books is vastly superior to the archaic folder/filename hierarchy. One thing (of many) calibre can do is send e-books from its own structure to whatever structure you want (and even change the filenames) should you ever decide to leave calibre. More information about calibre can be found here and here. Calibre also has its own forum here in the Mobile Read Forums (an excellent place to learn more a bout e-books and e-readers in general).
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07 Jun 2013   #20
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

it seems adobe digital editions will sideload the nook ,so loading books not purchased from Barnes & Noble is doable.
thats a relief as i have a few on the lappy.
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