Due to the Underwear Bomber I gave myself an extra hour to get through security at McCarran Airport in Lost Wages Nevada. Naturally there were no lines and I was at the gate 2 1/2 hours early.
People who travel a lot, and read a lot, are going to love ebook readers.
Monday morning I took the fully charged device. Turned on the cell radio, downloaded the Washington Post, turned off the radio. Then I read the Post. For the rest of the day I finished off LoTR:FoTR from Moria on. Read all of LoTR:TTT in the airport and on airplanes (Vegas to SLC to Washington Dulles). By Monday night it was down to about 50% charge on the battery.
Lord of the Rings is a great test of an ebook reader. Tolkein uses all sorts of characters. Every vowel is accented somewhere or other, and most have umlauts somewhere or other. Plus his own invented characters. The Nook handled them all without any trouble at all. Very easy to read.
The poetry, OTOH, was another story... The Nook full justifies everything, and the poetry is center justified. So a few lines are right justified, then one or two are left justified, then right, left, etc. Very hard to read.
The Nook puts paragraph breaks
randomly in the text. Every couple of pages you get a paragraph break in the middle of a line. Distracting.
Footnotes* don't work well. Or, really, at all. You see a footnote marker, but there's no way to select it, or navigate to it. The footnotes do show up at the end of the book, but there's no way (other than setting bookmarks) to flip back and forth between them.
The built in dictionary is very comprehensive, but quirky. LoTR is full of archaic words and English (rather than American) spellings and the dictionary handled them all without problem. Except that it doesn't do well with alternate forms. "League" is looked up properly (archaic form of distance measurement, 2.5 to 4.5 miles), but "leagues" is not found.
As clock points out, the lcd keyboard has a fat finger problem.
Also, the backlit LCD display sucks battery life. Since it's on the whole time you're reading a newspaper (you need it to navigate) reading a newspaper eats a lot of battery.
The LCD display is a good idea in theory, as it makes the overall device smaller while leaving the same amount of room for the e-ink display, but it needs work. Some of the buttons, maybe, need to be moved to the physical device. Maybe above the current navigation buttons.
Got one of the $30 faux leather covers. Makes it much easier to hold the device while reading. clock needs one of those. Maybe as a birthday present from the Dude.
clock also needs to get the Calibre ebook management software. It's free, open-sauce, runs on Mac and Windows. The latest version syncs with the Nook, and works properly with it. Really nice if you're getting books from places other than B&N and need to convert them.
Guy from the WaPo borrowed it yesterday, will return it Sunday. He's got a Kindle, so can do a head to head comparison. He may also report on his adventures jump-starting his Prius.
Will be offline for the next couple of days. May be able to check in in the mornings. Now to call the cable company and see if I can cancel TV, without getting internet cut off, thus saving $100/month, which I will spend on other things.
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