So my wife and I and have been going back and forth on whether she should get me a tablet for Christmas. She got a Samsung a few months ago, and lately I’ve been playing Mah Jong on it. The reason for this is simple. I’m either too tired or there’s too much noise/distraction/interruption to try to read. (The concentration with simple games and reading is different; that’s all I can say.) I don’t want a tablet because I don’t want to read on a backlit screen. I do enough of that either at work or on my phone if I’m reading to kill a few minutes while I’m waiting in line or something. The game playing thing is usually a sign I need to get more rest and/or have less stress in my life.
I have a first generation Nook. What decided me on that rather than a Kindle is that B&N is only a few minutes from my house, so if there’s a problem (which has happened), I can get help from a person fairly quickly.
For quite a while I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Nook Glowlight. They’re light. The screen refreshes faster. They have a touchscreen. I can read in a dark room. And most importantly, the battery has a much, much longer life.
I’ve gotten to where I don’t read on my Nook much because it takes too long to scroll through things or change between the nookbook folder and the Documents folder which has all the things I’ve sideloaded. Yes, they are in separate folders on the original. But mainly, I don’t use it as much as I used to because the battery life is so short. I don’t like having to put it back on the charger so often. Like before I’ve finished reading. But, hey, waddaya expect? It’s first generation technology.
I’d put off buying a Glowlight because I simply didn’t want to spend the money. $119 isn’t a great deal, but there are other things I can buy and money is a little tight with all the unexpected expenses we’ve had this year (rotator cuff surgery, braces, etc.).
B&N has permanently lowered the price in the last few weeks to $99, with members getting a 10% additional discount for a limited time. I decided that I would buy one as my Christmas present. I called my wife, who is out of town this weekend, and she said go for it. So I did. (This was the source of the at the mall tweet earlier today.)
I’d talked a sales clerk last night who was there again today. When I said I wanted to move the memory chip I’d added to the old Nook to the new one, he said the new one didn’t support a memory chip. But not to worry, there was much more memory in the Glowlight. (For the record, I’ve not needed the memory chip yet, so it has nothing on it.) Sounds good to me.
I had to download all my nookbooks individually (57 menu pages in the Glowlight), which was a pain. But I could quickly copy the sideloaded books in a matter of minutes from old to new through my PC. And they would all go in the library, the way they should. None of this nonsense of separate folders or directories for third party books.
Everything went great. Until I filled the memory on the device. I only copied about 2/3 of the third party books. (These include several years worth of electronic magazines such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Nightmare, etc. More memory my ***. All of these books, every single one of them, fit on the memory of the original, first generation device.
So I’m going back to B&N, although it will probably be next week. (I have to go out of town to pick up the family tomorrow.) And if they tell me there’s no way to add more memory, I’ll be returning this Glowlight.
And when I upgrade, it will probably be to a Kindle. If you’re wondering what I’ll do about the nookbooks, I’ve bought, well, software to convert the formats does exist. But that would be illegal. But stupid laws were meant to be broken.
I’m beginning to understand why B&N has so spectacularly failed in competing with Amazon’s KIndle and why they can’t find anyone to buy the Nook division. (Microsoft pulled out earlier this week. Can’t say I blame them.) And with this type of customer service, I can understand why they’re hemorrhaging money.