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Subject: Getting Nook for my Mom
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 4:03 PM ET
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My mother has decided she needs to get an ereader as some of the authors she follows only publish that way.  I have a first generation Nook so I'm the wrong person for her to ask which one to get and am hoping for some help.  She wants a nook for the convenience of the automatic download and the fact she goes there all the time.  She needs something simple to use, she won't be doing anything but reading ebooks on.  I'll do some follow up research but which ones have all of you used and liked?

Date Posted: 4/28/2014 7:37 PM ET
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Can't say enough good things about my Nook Simple Touch. If she's proficient at B&N ebooks and/or the library, it's a no brainer.

Date Posted: 4/28/2014 7:38 PM ET
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I second that, the Nook Simple Touch sounds like the device for her.  I've looked at that one myself but I have a perfectly good Sony eink reader that I love.

Date Posted: 4/29/2014 1:07 AM ET
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Is that easy to handle for someone with big and sometimes stiff fingers? 

Date Posted: 4/29/2014 1:51 AM ET
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The alpha search is horrid.  The buttons can be hard, but they are really there for folks upgrading from earlier devices.  You can swipe instead.  

I'd recommend adding stylus if she is searching in the store through the device.  

(I actually prefer my Kobo, as it has a light. But I'm side loading.)

Date Posted: 4/29/2014 6:11 AM ET
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Why not the newest, white, Nook Touch? The NST is a bit old in the tech world.

Date Posted: 4/29/2014 7:36 AM ET
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Same thing. They're only selling the white one with the glowlight now so that simplifies it. Same machine.

Date Posted: 4/30/2014 9:20 AM ET
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I don't know if they run the exact same firmware or not. But I have read the lighting and hardware is better than the previous nook glowlight. So I would definitely get the white one, if I was getting the lighted version. If lighting is not a need, then the older simple touch would be a good product.

Date Posted: 4/30/2014 2:48 PM ET
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This research thing has been harder than I thought.  I can only find the Glowlight online though I get the simple touch of I ask specifically for that.  She'll need to go an and play with them a bit but it sounds like either the Glowlight or the Simple Touch is the way to go?

Date Posted: 4/30/2014 3:37 PM ET
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I'm a real fan of the black and white eInk readers.  Less eye strain than tablets.  B&N has been pushing tablets.  They should have a eReader choice.  (The Simple Touch was on close out all over for a while.)

The booksellars were rather surprised that a big chunk of eReader sales was to older folks.  Yes, we who want Large Print without the weight.  Never expected to market to us, did you?

And I think folks would be better off with an android or apple tablet if that is what they want.  Unless you are talking about a young child, then the kindle controls are very appealing.



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Date Posted: 4/30/2014 3:51 PM ET
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Sorry but tablets suck for long term reading. e-ink is much kinder on the eyes. (and I have both)

I'd just have her go in the store and play with what they have on display. What one thinks they might like and actually do are two different animals.

And yes, lots of places are surprised by older folk with ereaders, um sorry you dont become brain dead after 70. I've helped many new ereader users with downloading various ebooks from our library e-collection.  No one knows but them how big the print needs to be when reading, so no stigma or shame over being seen with with a large print book. Or even having to wait for it to come out in large print.

Date Posted: 4/30/2014 5:47 PM ET
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Issa, the newest (white) Nook should be available and on display in every BN Store. So she should definitely go and check it out.

The Nook HD tablet is also VERY good for reading. We love the HD, my girls and I each have one!

Date Posted: 4/30/2014 7:49 PM ET
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Computer screens aren't good for the eyes and can cause headaches.  The white glare of it can dazzle peoples eyes too, it's been proven to tire your eyes out faster then reading say a book or e-ink screen.   (goes for tablets, smart phones and computers).

Date Posted: 4/30/2014 8:58 PM ET
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Or the weight of the large type books!  

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 3:54 PM ET
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The white Nook is going on sale for $99 starting tomorrow! So this is a good time to get it.

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 3:58 PM ET
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Thanks Anne!  I'll get her down there ASAP to look at them.
 

Date Posted: 5/3/2014 9:27 PM ET
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Issa - let us know what she ends up getting!

I have both the Nook Color and Kindle Fire HD - neither give me issues reading (I've had the Nook a couple years and the Kindle almost a year) but I know the screen bothers some people - I just dim the backlight and change the background and font color to one of the many choices and that works wonderfully for me. I firmly believe it's a personal choice - like Anne, I love the HD aspect. I also read a lot of magazines, and they're fun to read on the color devices.

I am planning to get another one fairly soon though - I want a lighter weight one so I know it will be an e-ink for the sake of portability. I do like the Kindle Paperwhites but I'm also interested in the new Nook too.

Date Posted: 5/12/2014 6:05 PM ET
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She went and ended up with a Glowlight.  She wanted back lighting (something she hadn't said before) and liked how it felt in her hands. She got it for $79.  Now the really heard part comes in, me trying to troubleshoot from out of state.  And yes there is an eye roll here.

Date Posted: 5/12/2014 9:01 PM ET
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Lots of people love that Glowlight. It's nice because it has a card slot.

Speaking of reading on tablets, I've decided I don't like reading on the kindle fire. Mainly because I prefer reading on tablets running kitkat. It features "immersive" reading. I just made a dual boot card and am now running kitkat on my Nook HD, and running it on both of our 2012 Kindle Fire HDs. I love it!

Date Posted: 5/12/2014 9:35 PM ET
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My 70 year old mom has a Nook Tablet. Let me offer this advice: keep it very, very simple. We are of a generation that embraces technology. Our parents are the ones who buy a paper book "Iphones for Dummies" Our kids intuitively figure it out, but it doesn't come easy for our folks. The words "sideload" or Calibre will scare and intimidate her. So, start with buying books from Barnes and Noble and how to check out books from the library. If she wants to go further than that, she'll let you know. And the B&M Barnes and Nobles have classes for how to use your Nook. She may want to attend one. Mine took her pad and paper and took notes...

Date Posted: 5/12/2014 10:34 PM ET
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Our library has eBook help sessions aimed at seniors.  One on one help in a small group.  

Date Posted: 5/13/2014 12:24 AM ET
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You all have some really excellent advice.  I told her to go to the library and see if they had ebook lending.  I also lent her a book to get her started.  I assume they post classes online so I'll watch for a class for her to go to.  I expect though she'll wait till she comes to see me in a couple months to really go over it which could be fun since I haven't played with one before.

Date Posted: 5/29/2014 2:15 PM ET
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I just got a Nook Simple Touch (used/cheap) today. So I might be able to answer questions. Of course I rooted mine and put Cool Reader on it, and some apps from the Amazon app store (Sudoku, File Explorer). What a really nice, fast piece of hardware.