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Old 06-28-2010, 07:05 AM   #1
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Weight/balance of Nook and one-handed reading

Does anyone find the Nook's balance to be sub-optimal for one-handed reading?

I've used both a Sony 600 and the Nook, and while the weight differential is not great (both with covers) (the Nook feels only slightly heavier), the weight distribution of the Sony makes it much easier to hold for extended one-hand reading. I suspect it is because the Nook is a few inches longer, providing a longer lever arm.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:42 AM   #2
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I have mine in a cover and I have no problems at all and I have to read one handed almost every morning on my way into work on the subway. Before I had the cover I found it most comfortable to alllow the concave edge be in the palm of my hand and my four fingers around the back. quite comfortable.
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I'm pretty new to the Nook, but I also find it a bit uncomfortable for one-hand reading. I too think it is the length of the reader along with how thin it is that causes the problem for me, not the weight. If the page forward/back buttons were swapped around so I could hold the Nook further up the side, I think it would be much better.

That said, I've found that if I keep it in the case when I read, it is a little heavier, but much more comfortable to hold due to the bulk of the case in my hand.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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as much as I love the nook, I can't image holding this guy one handed for any longer than 5 minutes - it's heavy and it's big and my hands are pretty big. For comparison, Astak EZ Reader PocketPro is a good device for one-handed reading although the screen is not as good as the nook.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:41 PM   #5
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I have mine in a cover and I have no problems at all and I have to read one handed almost every morning on my way into work on the subway. Before I had the cover I found it most comfortable to alllow the concave edge be in the palm of my hand and my four fingers around the back. quite comfortable.
I concur. I could see how it would be uncomfortable on its own, but having it in a cover makes it much better. I read my nook one handed about 75% of the time, and I think its just right.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:09 PM   #6
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I don't find it to be a problem. And I do find it to be much easier that reading a real book one handed.

My most common holding pattern is to use my left hand near the bottom of the nook. I place my thumb on the divider between the e-ink screen and the color screen. (I place it to the left of the nook symbol so that I don't accidentally turn on the color screen.) I use my right hand to turn pages.

I don't have a cover, so I read it naked. I do keep it in a JAVOedge sleeve when I am not reading it.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:07 PM   #7
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I softrooted my Wifi nook and manually edited the hardware config file so I could swap the button functions. Now the top arrow buttons are "page forward" and the bottom ones are "page back." It was just too awkward holding the nook at the corner so that your thumb rested on the bottom key. It's much more natural and balanced holding it at the center with your thumb over the top key.
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I softrooted my Wifi nook and manually edited the hardware config file so I could swap the button functions. Now the top arrow buttons are "page forward" and the bottom ones are "page back." It was just too awkward holding the nook at the corner so that your thumb rested on the bottom key. It's much more natural and balanced holding it at the center with your thumb over the top key.
Good idea. This shortens the lever arm created by grasping the Nook low enough to rest one's thumb on the bottom button. Yet another reason to softroot the Nook.
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #9
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My most common holding pattern is to use my left hand near the bottom of the nook. I place my thumb on the divider between the e-ink screen and the color screen. (I place it to the left of the nook symbol so that I don't accidentally turn on the color screen.) I use my right hand to turn pages.
I read somewhere else on here that you can "swipe" the divider (just like the bottom screen) to turn pages. It sounds like you have your thumb there ready to swipe.

I ordered mine last week, and haven't received it yet, so I can't say from experience.
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I wasn't planning to softroot my nook anytime soon since I just got it a couple of days ago. But the placement of the page turn buttons is maddening to me so I plan to do it just for this.

Also I haven't tried the finger swipe on the touchscreen for page turning but I can see this being problematic. The sensitivity of the touchscreen seems fairly low so not sure how well that would work. I think once I have swapped the buttons I'll find holding it much more comfortable.
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Also I haven't tried the finger swipe on the touchscreen for page turning but I can see this being problematic. The sensitivity of the touchscreen seems fairly low so not sure how well that would work.
Actually, for page turns, the touchscreen is very sensitive.
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I agree that one-handed use of the Nook is difficult. I'm considering the soft root to switch the buttons, but I've been pretty happy using the Nook in an easel style case, and using the touchscreen to page turn.

It's funny (to me) that you find the Sony PRS-600 more one-hand friendly. I used the PRS-700, which has a similar design/weight, and I found it MORE uncomfortable for one-hand than the nook - the bottom buttons dug into my fingers, and holding it from the bottom made it top heavy. I tried to one-hand and use my thumb on the touchscreen, but couldn't quite master it without feeling like the 700 was insecure.

The PRS-300 is very one-hand friendly.

It's a good thing there are lots of hardware designs. That is my fear with e-Ink market consolidating - we'll have less hardware choices. It already stinks have no pricing options anymore.
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I usually hold my Nook like this when I need to use one hand on the train. It's very sturdy, comfortable, and convenient to page down and up.
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