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Subject: Other uses for your ereader
Date Posted: 2/6/2011 3:36 AM ET
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I didn't see this thread started, so I thought I'd start one myself.

Although reading books is the number one reason for an ereader, I'm finding other things to do on my Nook.  I bet you've found things to do with your ereader as well.  Please post them here and we can all learn from each other.

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 3:42 AM ET
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Alrighty!  I have found two different things I can do with my Nook so far.

First, I wanted an easy way to read RSS feeds from blogs and websites.  Currently, I use FeedReader and read them offline.  So, I needed to find a way to get them all to my Nook.

I found this free website called Nookfeed which will keep track of your RSS feeds and Twitter status updates (Facebook is supposed to be in the works).  It then formats them into the size of the Nook screen so that it's easier to read.  It also gives you some navigation buttons so you can get around easier.

http://nookfeed.com/

You have to sign up for it.  Once you've done that you can add blog feeds in.  You have 3 ways to go about it.

1.  Add them manually.

2.  Export an OPML file from your current RSS reader.  Then import it to Nookfeed (I found that it wouldn't accept my OPML file)

3.  Link NookFeed to your Google Reader account.  It will copy over all your feeds and then keep them updated.

What I ended up doing was importing my OPML file to Google Reader, then linking the account to NookFeed.

Now, I go on the web with my Nook.  I pick Nookfeed from my favorites and then I can read Twitter and my RSS feeds from blogs.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 3:45 AM ET
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The second thing I found I could do is use my Nook to help me input genealogy stuff.  I am working on a project with a bunch of newspaper clippings.  They are cropped and on my computer.  I have to input them into my genealogy database but I hate flipping back and forth through windows.

What I did was create a PDF file using PDF995 (you can use any PDF creator you like).  PDF995 allowed me to highlight all the files in a folder and create one big PDF file out of it.  Then I copied that file to my Nook. 

Then I put my Nook on a bookstand, and I input information to my database.  I can also read them at my leisure now.

The only problem I have is it sees the individual documents as images/photos, so I can't enlarge them.  Since most of them are small articles, obituaries, they are pretty large to begin with.  I'll have to consider that when I do the next batch.

This makes inputting so much easier!  Now I don't have to print out every single one.  Yes!

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 8:48 AM ET
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I heard the Color Nook lets you watch Movies in MP4 format! 

Date Posted: 2/6/2011 3:36 PM ET
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My DH says that he can watch MP4 movies on his new color Nook.

He also downloaded a map / driving directions on Google maps (we are going out of town later today).