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Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Rambo, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    I would like e-reader for peridocals, too many magazine holding up spaces. As far as book goes, hum, for novel/fictiction what not I will keep in e-format, but for textbook I would want real book (have the tendency to write crap on textbook).
     
  2. Jumbie

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    I saw a video a few weeks ago of a book printer (developed by Google and someone?) that could print and bind a book in minutes. That may be an option for those of you who want a "real live" book if eBooks become the default format (something I don't see happening for a while yet if ever as it's just another option).
     
  3. celery

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    Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.


    Eventually digital reading will be the standard, but the traditional method will still exist as an artisan good.
     
  4. BP348

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    Also, with the inclusion of USB you can upload your own eBooks. That's huge. If it only had a backlight I'd be all over it.

    +1

    Someday I'll buy an e-reader but I get the majority of my books from the library. So I really don't want to buy my books.

    My main reason for an e-reader would be for trips. With an e-reader you can put a bunch of books in the space a single hard cover book would take. When ever I travel I always have 3 - 5 books with me.
     
  5. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    I'll get one of these e-readers when they have graphic novels for download.

    but the missus plans on getting one
     
  6. imageWIS

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    There is something about holding a book that just isn't matched by a computer. Especially by those of us who live in hurricane zones: when the power goes off, books are de rigueur. If I had to use an e-reader device I would be SOL, since after the storm there is often several days of power outage and I have nowhere to recharge the device.
     
  7. The Swede

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    I think Neal Stephenson has the right idea in The Diamond Age. In short, he desribes a future where nano-technology has been mastered. This has distintegrated nation borders and allowed people to create their own associations, or tribes. One of the most successful tribes is called the Victorians. They have re-adapted the moral and social code of the Victorian era. Their most interesting idiosyncrisy in a world where materials can be forged from atoms and nanocomputers and screens can be put on anything is that they insist on making things by hand. The higher up in society you are, the more "real" handmade items you will have. The highest officials have the honor of recieving a newspaper, printed on real paper. The implication being that they can afford to retain the services of information analysts who sift through the enormous amounts of information available and compile a collection of pertinent items.
     
  8. imageWIS

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    I think Neal Stephenson has the right idea in The Diamond Age. In short, he desribes a future where nano-technology has been mastered. This has distintegrated nation borders and allowed people to create their own associations, or tribes. One of the most successful tribes is called the Victorians. They have re-adapted the moral and social code of the Victorian era. Their most interesting idiosyncrisy in a world where materials can be forged from atoms and nanocomputers and screens can be put on anything is that they insist on making things by hand. The higher up in society you are, the more "real" handmade items you will have. The highest officials have the honor of recieving a newspaper, printed on real paper. The implication being that they can afford to retain the services of information analysts who sift through the enormous amounts of information available and compile a collection of pertinent items.

    Well, that sort of exists now. Not to the extent you mentioned, but handmade items tend to cost more simply because they are handmade. Take a quartz Timex and a Patek. The Timex will also be more precise than the Patek, yet the Patek cost infinitely more because it is for the most part handmade. The same can be said for furniture, etc...
     
  9. globetrotter

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    this is going to be my birthday present this year. I need one for traveling - reading material is often more of what I carry, in terms of weight, then clothes.
     
  10. Rambo

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    this is going to be my birthday present this year. I need one for traveling - reading material is often more of what I carry, in terms of weight, then clothes.
    Make sure to post up a review when you get it.
     
  11. chorse123

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    The Apple device, if it turns out to be real, will be a full computer style tablet, not just a reader. Basically, a giant iPhone.
    I'd actually line up to buy one of these if it does come to fruition and costs less than, say, $800. Looks like the assumption is early next year, rather before the holidays which is too bad. I don't have an ipod (or any MP3 player), a smartphone, or an e-reader--I'm not into carrying a bunch of devices and don't want to pay a big surcharge on a data package every month for myself and my wife. But one device for reading (work and pleasure), web surfing, occasional video, some games, etc, with a big enough (say 5"-7") screen would be great. I wouldn't really care, but a basic built-in camera would be great. It could be perfect for Howard Yount trunk shows, too.
     
  12. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I'd actually line up to buy one of these if it does come to fruition and costs less than, say, $800. Looks like the assumption is early next year, rather before the holidays which is too bad. I don't have an ipod (or any MP3 player), a smartphone, or an e-reader--I'm not into carrying a bunch of devices and don't want to pay a big surcharge on a data package every month for myself and my wife. But one device for reading (work and pleasure), web surfing, occasional video, some games, etc, with a big enough (say 5"-7") screen would be great. I wouldn't really care, but a basic built-in camera would be great. It could be perfect for Howard Yount trunk shows, too.
    If they pull it off like that it really would be the ultimate media device. I'm in the same boat as you and am hedging my bets with this one. I need to jump in somewhere and get an all in one device so I don't have to carry a bunch of crap around.
     
  13. chorse123

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    We shall see. I even have a netbook, but it's impractical for use as a reader.
     
  14. imageWIS

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    I'd actually line up to buy one of these if it does come to fruition and costs less than, say, $800. Looks like the assumption is early next year, rather before the holidays which is too bad. I don't have an ipod (or any MP3 player), a smartphone, or an e-reader--I'm not into carrying a bunch of devices and don't want to pay a big surcharge on a data package every month for myself and my wife. But one device for reading (work and pleasure), web surfing, occasional video, some games, etc, with a big enough (say 5"-7") screen would be great. I wouldn't really care, but a basic built-in camera would be great. It could be perfect for Howard Yount trunk shows, too.

    I want to know when it comes out too! Not so much for the actual device (yes it will be awesome), but to buy stock and then dump it as soon as Apple stock hits a new high after they make the announcement and it sells like hot cakes.
     
  15. Fidgeteer

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    The Nook's WiFi, MicroSD slot and Android roots are good indications the device might not be able to impose some Draconian copy protection scheme. I've been trying to discover who designs and builds it for B&N to see whether the answer is Plastic Logic. If so, this reader won't be nearly as confined and confining as the Kindle. The eReader I've been watching all year is Plastic Logic's QUE, which they claim will debut on January 17, 2010. Originally, Plastic Logic was the sole eBook creator tied in with B&N, and B&N will be selling the QUE as well as the Nook. Unless drastic changes have been made, the QUE will use WiFi to download nearly anything: books from Project Gutenberg (as well as your public library), Acrobat files, word docs and even Excel spreadsheets. The company was founded by two academics entranced with printable plastic circuit boards, which the QUE uses, are less expensive to produce than assembled circuit boards and require less power as well. The QUE was originally conceived for business users, which is why it's designed to open practically any file you'd want.
     
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    Word has it that Foxconn manufactures the nook. I haven't been able to find the designer, but I wouldn't be surprised if B&N hired or contracted a design firm. Amazon did something similar with the Kindle with Lab 126.
     
  17. Fidgeteer

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    Too bad, really. The QUE might be too large for some people, but so far, it seems better than the Kindle, the nook or even the Sony readers.

    Eventually, I think, a version of the tablet might take the place of this and future readers, in the sense that the smartphone has been usurping media players for the past three years. Why shouldn't a device suitable for reading book and magazine files also allow you to write, take notes, watch flicks and open other user content? What's the point of carrying around four devices when two -- your phone and either a tablet or a small laptop -- can do everything you need?
     
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    Too bad, really. The QUE might be too large for some people, but so far, it seems better than the Kindle, the nook or even the Sony readers.

    Eventually, I think, a version of the tablet might take the place of this and future readers, in the sense that the smartphone has been usurping media players for the past three years. Why shouldn't a device suitable for reading book and magazine files also allow you to write, take notes, watch flicks and open other user content? What's the point of carrying around four devices when two -- your phone and either a tablet or a small laptop -- can do everything you need?


    Unless it's got an e-ink screen, i know i wouldn't want to read off a tablet.
     
  19. Fidgeteer

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    Why couldn't a tablet have an e-ink screen? After all, everyone, including Amazon, has been working on a color version.

    But I think I see what you're saying: A screen best suited for videos might not be best for reading. But even then, I'd think a tablet optimized for reading should also be good for writing and various other activities. Amazon and B&N both want their customers to be able to read virtual magazines, and those involve color photography and brightly colored pages.

    We're heading for convergence eventually. It's a question of which flavors we'll see in our lifetimes, I suppose.
     

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