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Old 06-26-2013, 01:10 AM   #31
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Darn, I was hoping they'd stop producing their own eInk readers, too.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:22 AM   #32
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Best Headline I've seen:

"Barnes & Noble's Nook Business Sees Fifty Shades of Red"

http://www.businessweek.com/articles...-shades-of-red
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:23 AM   #33
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Best Headline I've seen:

"Barnes & Noble's Nook Business Sees Fifty Shades of Red"

http://www.businessweek.com/articles...-shades-of-red
The intro is pretty good, too:

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Barnes & Noble (BKS)‘s products with power buttons and virtual pages have turned into horror stories.
This part caught my eye:

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In terms of selling digital content, B&N executives said on a conference call this morning, those simple e-readers move a lot more product than flashier tablets.
Like, duh!
Who buys eink readers? Heavy readers.
It took them this long to figure out that eink readers will bring in more revenue per customer?

And then there is this:

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But as Kindle extends its gains, Barnes & Noble may also be losing market share to newcomer Kobo, a Toronto unit of Tokyo-based Rakuten. While Amazon, Apple, and Samsung duke it out for the sophisticated tablet market, Kobo’s sleek, simple e-readers have won rave reviews and a tide of business.
Of course, Kobo has its own nearly-invisible tablet, too, but they don't seem to have committed as much effort (and ca$h) to them.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #34
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I have no idea what an 'Android' Experience is as my only other tablets and phones have been Apple, but my Nook now looks like this so using a launcher I have removed most of the reference to the Nook infrastructure, at least on the surface.
I'm curious what launcher that is. I've used a lot of launchers but never saw one that gave you all square icons like that. The Chrome icon has always been round, and Calibre Companion has no white background, just the shape of the image used.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #35
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Don't know if you're aware of this or not, but you can create and name folders to organize your apps.
I'm not aware of it....just caved and bought the HD+, so I'll be looking into how to dual-boot it from an SD card soon.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:08 PM   #36
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I was one of those that bought the HD+ on sale.

It's pretty neat, but I can't see myself reading books on it. PDFs, sure, but I don't think B&N sells the kind I buy/read, I guess those from RPGNow.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:09 AM   #37
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I'm curious what launcher that is. I've used a lot of launchers but never saw one that gave you all square icons like that. The Chrome icon has always been round, and Calibre Companion has no white background, just the shape of the image used.
I use the Nova Launcher, the square icons came when I installed the free DCiconZ theme developed over at XDA, I like it. It's quite steam punk. Mines the first one on the link, the Apex Nova Theme.

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=DCiconZ+

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:38 AM   #38
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I was one of those that bought the HD+ on sale.

It's pretty neat, but I can't see myself reading books on it. PDFs, sure, but I don't think B&N sells the kind I buy/read, I guess those from RPGNow.
It's great for streaming videos and reading free magazines from the library.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:55 AM   #39
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I also bought one of the HD+ and promptly installed CM10. It was very easy and I backed up the original HD+ software so if I want to go back to stock I can. I even changed the device name so I could easily download the Nook app from Google Play.

I use this mainly for game play (playing old SNES games on an emulator with a bluetooth controller) and watching videos (I stream them from my Win7 PC and also from my Win8 home server.)

Fortunately I've already downloaded my transferred Fictionwise purchases as the online library has lately been not been very cooperative.

It's not surprising that B&N is in trouble, too bad since they are one of the last of the B&M bookstore chains left in the US.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:11 AM   #40
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It's great for streaming videos and reading free magazines from the library.
How/where do you get the free magazines?
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:25 AM   #41
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How/where do you get the free magazines?
Many libraries, including one of the ones I belong to - King County Library System - offer free magazine downloads through Zinio, with no return dates. Essentially, I'm getting free subscriptions to top magazines.

Currently, there are 197 titles available.


Edit: I just checked, and Orange County Library System offers downloads from Zinio also.

Here's a list of available titles.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:34 AM   #42
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Many libraries, including one of the ones I belong to - King County Library System - offer free magazine downloads through Zinio, with no return dates. Essentially, I'm getting free subscriptions to top magazines.

Currently, there are 197 titles available.
I just checked my local library and see they offer this now too.

When I checked out a couple of magazines (looks like the only have the current issue for a given mag?) they were added to my Zinio library. Are you saying they'll just stay there alongside any purchased or freebie magazines?
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I just checked my local library and see they offer this now too.

When I checked out a couple of magazines (looks like the only have the current issue for a given mag?) they were added to my Zinio library. Are you saying they'll just stay there alongside any purchased or freebie magazines?
Exactly! I have old issues from the library in my Zinio cloud and can download them at will or send them back to the cloud. Just make sure you always check out the current issue if you wish to have all issues moving forward.
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Exactly! I have old issues from the library in my Zinio cloud and can download them at will or send them back to the cloud. Just make sure you always check out the current issue if you wish to have all issues moving forward.
Very interesting, thanks for the info on this.
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After going through a firmware upgrade and a software upgrade, Google Play store popped up. I first loaded Nova Launcher (free version), then Kindle for Android, then my current book.

All I can say is WOW, just wow! That hi res 9" screen is just beautiful!
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