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Old 06-09-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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nook ST 101 - text scrolls off page ??

Greetings -

Is there any left-right scroll on the nook Simple Touch (or, for that matter, the kindle)?

I ask because of my experience with a couple of introductory Spanish text samples.
One was Spanish Demystified -- wonderful intro text, LOUSY nook implementation.

Of the dozen or two non-copyright / introduction pages in the sample, four pages had text that scrolled completely off the right edge of the screen, & I could determine no way to read it.

In another Spanish text I tried (Spanish Made Simple, Nemethy) I found that text in a right-hand-most 'newspaper' column snaked down the right-hand side of the screen -- the column was far too narrow for the text. Resizing the font to the smallest size improved, but did not remedy, the problem.

[As an aside, I noted that much of the Spanish text in Demystified seemed to be on images or 'plates', which didn't resize when I made the font size bigger -- a tragic flaw. Can one zoom in on an image? Or reorient the nook to landscape mode?]

Increasingly, my impression is that e-publication is just not yet ready for prime time -- at least, not on basic e-readers -- for anything other than a straight novel.

Insight / opinions most welcome.

Thanks,

- Richard

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Old 06-09-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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Greetings -

Is there any left-right scroll on the nook Simple Touch (or, for that matter, the kindle)?

I ask because I downloaded a title sample, Spanish Demystified.
(Wonderful intro text, LOUSY nook implementation.)

Of the dozen or two non-copyright / introduction pages in the sample, four pages had text that scrolled completely off the right edge of the screen, & I could determine no way to read it.

In another Spanish text I tried, I found that text in a 3rd 'newspaper' column snaked down the right-hand side of the screen -- the column was far too narrow for the text.

[As an aside, I noted that much of the Spanish text seemed to be on images or 'plates', which didn't resize when I made the font size bigger. Can one zoom in on an image?]

Also - is there a way to zoom in on text, or reorient the nook to landscape mode?

Increasingly, my impression is that this e-publication is just not yet ready for prime time -- at least, not on e-readers -- for anything other than a straight novel.

Insight / opinions most welcome.

Thanks,

- Richard
Sounds like you are reading PDF files. PDF is not a good format for e-readers, because usually those files are not formatted for such a small screen.
E-readers like the NST are optimized for reading straight novels (epub format). If you want to read other material you would be better off buying a tablet.
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are reading PDF files. ...
If they're .pdf files, they're coming from B&N.

These are't files that I created/uploaded myself.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Bought "Spanish Made Simple" mobi format from AMZN and had the very same problem. Ended up buying paper book from BN and found much easier to study (easier to refer/find previous material). Also impossible to immediately locate study subject if teacher works from paper book.
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