Barnes & Noble Color Nook Reviewon March 2, 2012
If you follow me on any of the social media networks, then you know that I’m a proud bookworm as I devour books for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Okay, so I don’t actually eat the books but I do eat while reading books, magazines and newspapers. That’s why I was super excited when I had finally saved enough pennies to purchase a Barnes & Noble Color Nook. Unfortunately, it just couldn’t keep up with me and was returned a few days later.
Technology meets books and carrying 1000 books in your small bag is a life-changing experience for any book lover. Especially if, like me, you read those very large technology, marketing and business books that are akin to carrying around free-weights. Seeing how much I love my iPhone 3GS, I was under the impression that an e-book reader would allow for the same ease of use, streamlining functionality and money saving opportunity – as it relates to avid book readers.
Barnes & Noble Color Nook Pros
- Bright Screen (LED, 7-inch, 16 million colors)
- Intuitive Touch-based Navigation
- Runs 3rd Party Applications
- Deep Social Integration
- Loads of Periodicals (Books), Magazines and Newspapers
- Small and Compact
- Great portability
- Can read full books free for 1 hour while at Barnes and Noble location
- Thousands of free books to read
- ePub to rent books from your library
- Samples of books available
- Can LendMe books to friends that have a Nook
Unfortunately, it was only after testing it for a few days that I noticed severe problems with the Barnes & Noble Color Nook.
Barnes & Noble Color Nook Cons
- No 3G Availability
- Proprietary AC Adapter (Another wire to find an outlet or USB connection for.)
- Short Battery Life
- Wish List on Nook does not synchronize with Wish List on BarnesandNoble.com
- Can only read full books free for 1 hour while at Barnes and Noble location ONLY IF the book is physically in that particular store
- Cannot read magazines or newspapers for free while at a Barnes and Noble location
- Most books are cheaper in print from BarnesandNoble.com than the e-book (I went to purchase an e-book for $13 and found it through BarnesandNoble.com for $9 – not including the 15% off coupon I was able to use only on print publications.)
- Coupons and membership do not allow for discounts on e-books
- Greatly limited ePub books from the library available
- Have to install 3rd party Adobe tools on computer to transfer ePub files to Nook
- Thousands of free books to read are the most unpopular titles
- Book samples are corrupted most times and give you the same content in duplicate or triplicate
- LendMe option is only available for friends with Nook (Out of my hundreds of connections, only 3 people had a Nook.)
E-Book Reader General Cons
- Many books are still limited in digital format
- Cannot resell e-book back for money as you can with paper publications (Once you buy it, it is yours for life – even if you didn’t like it.)
- Cannot lend digital books to friends, peers, etc without losing your reader for a while
- Eyestrain can more easily occur given that most people spend 8 hours on the computer for work
- Dropping a book won’t break it. Pick it up, dust it off and keep reading. Drop an e-reader and there’s a good chance you have to purchase a new one
- Want to change to a different e-reader device and move all your books? Good luck!
This is a scenario of “to each their own”. Some people love e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook or even iBooks read on an iPad. In the end, it really comes down to whether the pros outweigh the cons. In my case, there are a lot more cons than pros as I was looking for something that would cut costs and be highly portable. Yes, it won on the portability but the cost in my time and money was just too high and so it was returned to the store to await the next bookworm in line.