What I'm reading: Husband for Hire, by Susan Wiggs (eBookwise); Killer Heat, by Brenda Novak (NOOKcolor); The Object of His Protection, by Brenda Jackson (print)
Since I bought my NOOKcolor primarily as a book reading device, I thought I should spend a little time evaluating it in that regard. Yes, it does a lot more, but I'm saving those bells and whistles for future posts. If you missed my overall first impressions of the device, they're here. And again, I'm doing these posts to try to help others who might be considering getting an e-reader. As I've said before (often), it's about choices.
The NOOKcolor (NC) comes with some sample books pre-loaded. Some are free; others are samples only, and you have to purchase them. For starters, I used those books as a way to test the features of the NC.
The home screen has 3 pages. The top portion of each page displays whatever covers you care to put there. Right now, I'm only using 1 of them. The bottom shows your most recent downloads and they scroll separately.
Ease of reading: Excellent. I tested it in the car, in bed in the dark, and under normal household lighting. Between the ability to change background color and brightness, and the optional anti-glare screen, I think it would be readable in most conditions. It's too cold right now to sit outside and read, so I haven't tested it that extensively.
Page turning. While I miss the button-pushing, it didn't take long to adjust to the page turning with a swipe of my thumb. I can hold the NC in my left hand, propped on either the bed or my belly-shelf, and use my left thumb to read on-handed.
Pagination. Unlike the eBookwise, which counts pages as 'screens', the NC sticks to the original book pages, which are displayed in the upper right corner as "3 of 302", etc. If you enlarge the font, then you might go through a couple of screens before the number shifts, but it's easy to see how much more book you have to go. In addition, there's a slide bar at the bottom so you can move back and forth. There's also the bookmark option. Tapping the upper right corner of any page will insert a bookmark, and you can go back to that page.
And the NC remembers exactly where you left off in any book you're reading. If you're reading several books (or sharing your device with the Hubster, there's the "More" menu that lets you pick and choose recent reads.
Navigation: This is one area I'm still playing with. The silver "nook" button at the bottom of the page takes you to your home screen at any time. Backing up sometimes means going 'home' first, then re-navigating to where you were, but I'm sure I'll discover the shortcuts as I play around more.
Below are shots of some of the features of the NC--at least the ones I've tried. There are more, and as I discover them, I'll post them.
A typical reading screen, with a small font selected. One caveat: The pictures illustrating this post were taken with my little point-and-shoot, and the colors, especially of the samples of book pages, are NOT accurate. They appear green here, but are actually a very crisp black on white (although you can change that--more about that later. To save space, I've uploaded the images as small, but you should be able to click to enlarge them.
Tapping the bottom of any page brings up a menu with numerous options, including a slider bar so you move around the book if you want:
There's also a brightness control on this menu (and another in the general settings, so you don't have to be reading a book to control brightness)
You can also choose one of several fonts, each in a number of sizes:
And any of several background colors.
Tapping a word, or dragging your finger over any text bring up yet another menu:
For a more professionally done video comparing the NC to other comparable e-readers, you can go here.
(And, if anyone is wondering, yes, the picture on my home screen isn't one that came with the NC. I added it myself. Cute little bugger, isn't he?)
Come back tomorrow for my Tuesday guest, R. Sampson who is talking about 'letting go.' And if you have any questions about the NC, leave them in the comments, and I'll try to answer them.