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This is what we got out of the box.
Side by side view, Sony off, Nook in sleep mode.
Side by side view at the top menu on each.
Sony PRS-505 Portable Digital e-Reader System (Silver)
Jill has had her 505 for about 2 years
See a video mini Op-Eval of this reader by clicking here
Barnes & Noble Nook
I also tested it on our Yanmar manual and it worked very well. So, it's sort of a hit or mis.
I registered my nook. Then went to the “shop” area. Did a search for “free”. Found a batch of books with “free” in the title and many with a price of free. I tried to purchase a “free” book, but because I do not leave a default credit card on file with B&N I can NOT get even a free book download.
Now (12/11/09) I have learned that the unit has 3 power settings, off, sleep, on. If you do not use the unit for a selectable time (5 or 10min or...) the unit goes into sleep mode. During sleep mode, it is still on and does things, so it is always using some power. For us cruisers, I think I will be turning the unit off when at sea or in foreign countries. To actually turn the unit off, you need to press the on/off button and hold it in for 5+ seconds. If you just push the on/off for 1 or 2 seconds, it just goes into sleep mode and still has a photo or screensaver on the screen. When I turn my unit off, the eink screen has nothing showing.
Now (12/11/09), As some what of a geek, I always turn off my electronics as most charge a lot faster if they are off. The documentation tells me that the unit should NOT be off to charge it! When you plug in the charger, the unit turns on or wakes up, do not turn it off.
I very much like the way I can put my own wallpaper and screensaver on the Nook. I took some of our photos, dropped them into a graphics program and reduced them to gray scale for better showing. I feel a bit better with our faces on the unit when I set it down. Might make some one less likely to trot off with it??
More to come as I play with the system.......
FYI From the Nook site FAQs
Supported book formats
DRM-free Text: BBeB Book (LRF), PDF, TXT, RTF, ePUB.
NookEPUB and eReader Formats
Supported book formats
PDFs load easily
PDFs, MP3s and graphics load to your nook from your computer or micro SD card.
Use JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP files to create personal screensavers.
|ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-VU1X-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook - 8.5 Hour Battery Life|
Both Jill and I also have an original 7 inch, Eee PC and I have to add here that they can be used as an E-Book reader. These computers have Windows XP on them. They also have some extra programming that Asus put on them from the start. One of the programs is a control of the screen. It allows us to rotate the screen 90 degrees. So, by using this feature, we can turn the computer on it's side and read it just like a book.
Having said that, Jill does NOT like reading books on it. It's to much like a computer monitor (which it is) and hurts her eyes after a short time.
I am not happy with it as even though it's power usage is VERY SMALL by computer standars, it still uses a lot more than a simple paperback book.
The PROs; is that it also runs other programs, like a backup navigation system. It does E-Mail and surf the WEB. It will play movies with an external CD/DVD drive. Is capable of reading ALL E-Book formats.
Can read ANY AND ALL
types of E-Books with the correct software.