Yesterday I complained that Barnes & Noble’s Nook store doesn’t make it easy to find free ebooks. Today, I discovered Google’s eBookstore solves the problem: just search for “free.” I can download the books in ePub format and use Calibre to transfer them to my Nook. Problem solved!
After much hinting on my part,1 Santa brought me a Nook Simple Touch from Barnes & Noble for Christmas.2 Here are my impressions after using it for two weeks.
First, let’s clear up a couple of questions:
Why did I want an e-reader instead of a cheap tablet like the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet? I have many reasons,3 but the major ones are:
- Cost: The Simple Touch was only $90 compared to around $200 to $250 for the color tablets.
- Weight: The Simple Touch is only 7.5 ounces compare to 14.1 ounces for the Nook Tablet.
- Clarity: The E-Ink display is much clearer than an LCD for extended reading.
Why did I want Barnes & Noble’s Nook instead of Amazon’s Kindle? This is a philosophical decision for me. Although I like Amazon and its offerings, I don’t want Amazon to be the only game in town. That means buying from Amazon’s competitors to keep them viable. I’d also read a couple of reviews that claimed the Nook Simple Touch was a little easier to use than the Kindle Touch. I don’t know. The Simple Touch has some issues, as I’ll discuss below.
On with the review. Continue reading