This post might be long overdue and the Barnes & Nobles nook colour is the e-reader of choice now. But I figured it was time for me to upgrade my e-reader and decided to go for the traditional nook that still supports e-ink technology.
If you’ve read my previous posts on my hunt for the right e-reader, you’d also read about my first e-reader purchase when I got the BeBook Neo. I was very happy with the BeBook Neo for a long time and it has served me well as a first e-reader.
When I thought about getting my second e-reader, I also wanted to test out vPost Asia, which is a freight forwarding service operated by Singapore Post, where I could purchase anything I want from USA, UK and Japan online stores that don’t ship to Malaysia.
When I heard that my husband bought an Amazon Kindle in his last trip to US, I was tempted and went ahead to buy the Barnes & Noble nook through their online store with my vPost dedicated US address.
|My B&N nook is here|
After a few weeks, the package arrived at my doorstep.
I opened the box that clearly has the Barnes & Noble logo on it and was super excited to see my nook packaging.
|My beautiful new nook e-reader|
The box includes a simple booklet of the Quick Start Guide (aka User Manual), a sync cable (which is basically a USB to Micro USB cable as per most of smartphones today) and a US adapter charger. You can’t use this without an international adapter, so you might as well just plug the sync cable to your generic Malaysia adapter with USB slot.
|Front of the nook e-reader|
The top of the nook e-reader is a nice crisp 6 inch e-ink screen. If you do a lot of reading like me and your eyes can’t stand staring at a computer / phone LCD screen too long, then e-ink is right for you. Which was also the primary reason why I didn’t buy the nook colour. I don’t read any coloured books (ie, children books, magazines, etc) so e-ink is fine.
At the middle left and right side of the nook is the page navigation hardware buttons. You press here to flip through the pages of the e-book you’re reading. I like the fact that they’ve included these buttons on both sides of the device. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re left or right handed, it would work for you.
|Bottom of the nook e-reader|
At the bottom of the nook, you’ll see a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, this means you can also copy music to your e-reader if you’re the type who likes to listen to music while you read. Most importantly, of course, is that you can listen to audio books on the nook as well.
Next to it is the Micro USB sync and charge cable.
On the sides, you have your speakers. Works for audio books and the music that you play while reading.
|Top of the nook|
At the top of the nook, you’ll find the Power button smack in the middle. You turn on / off the device or wake it up from standby mode. The 2 hooks at the side of these buttons…. I have no idea. I’m guessing they’re hooks for fitting your nook cases?
|LCD touchscreen navigation|
|Back of the nook|
The back of the nook is rather nice. It bears the nook logo and is pure white, matted and has a rubbery feel to it. This is good for single hand usage and prevents slip.
|(L-R) Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble nook, BeBook Neo|