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January 22, 2012 | 08:01pm
Mood: fat

Studied 3.5 hours today. I started late and finished late, so I'm not too happy. It was a deceptively simple chapter: some vocabulary was painfully easy, some I still can't remember. Same goes for the grammar. I thought I'd understood 이/그/저... until I covered it in my book today. Ugh. Gotta look into another grammar resource. I hope tomorrow is a more successful day. On the plus side, I did a great job on the elliptical today. Pity I ate so much junk food to negate any positive benefits...

My Nook has been having problems since I got it back in October: it had trouble keeping a charge, which is an issue, because half the reason I got it was to be able to bring it traveling with me. It also wouldn't accept an update Barnes and Noble provided a few months back. I brought it in to a B&N store today and they told me to remove a bunch of books from the device and then try loading the update. Okay, I said. And... it worked. The page views are wicked fast right now. However I don't know if I would get a Nook again. Or a Kindle, for that matter. Whenever this dies I'll just get a tablet.

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walking and thinking

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from: karmaforone
date: January 23, 2012 06:35am (UTC)
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What kind of Nook do you have?

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 23, 2012 03:21pm (UTC)
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I have a Nook Simple Touch. I like the e-ink concept a lot as well as being able to have a device dedicated to books. It has insane battery life, which is great considering how much I travel.

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walking and thinking

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from: karmaforone
date: January 26, 2012 05:09am (UTC)
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Mmmm. You said you removed the books and it fixed the problems, though? Are you only buying eBooks from B&N itself, or are you sideloading them from your computerl?

The eInk and touch screen are pretty unparalleled on that device. Kind of surprised you're finding it a hassle!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 26, 2012 02:20pm (UTC)
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Okay, long story:

My mom obtained the Nook while she was in America. She tried to charge it but it wouldn't hold a charge longer than 6 hours. So she went to B&N, they added an update, and she went home. Same thing happened again. She went back, they replaced it with a second Nook, and she took it home. Same thing-- it would only hold a charge for a day or two. So she brought it back, they updated it, she brought it home. Same thing. Finally she brought this one back and they gave her a third Nook, which managed to hold a charge for 2 weeks or so- nothing like the advertised 2 months. This was better than before so she brought it with her when she visited me in Korea.

The problem with this Nook is that it wouldn't hold a charge the first time I charged it. Like, I would plug it in for 5-6 hours, it would say it's 100%, and it would run down to zero within a couple days. But if I plugged it in one or two more times it would keep a decent charge.

An update to the Nook was released in November/December. I tried to load it to my Nook but it said I didn't have enough space, when in fact I did. Hence why I brought it to B&N last weekend. They told me to take off some books and load the update that way. (This answers your other question: since I live in Korea I cannot get eBooks from B&N, so I sideload them.) The update worked and the device is much faster now. However I don't know yet if it will hold a charge. Apparently the update fixed the battery issue. We'll see. I can't get my Nook serviced in Korea and the entire point in having it is so I can travel for weeks and have reading material without having to charge it every two seconds.

The idea of ebooks and e-ink is fantastic, but the problem with the Nook makes me want to avoid the device all together. I would not buy another Nook.

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walking and thinking

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from: karmaforone
date: January 27, 2012 05:34am (UTC)
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I have no idea what's going on with that charge issue (wasn't aware it was supposed to hold a charge for a month? I usually charge every day, so ...).

Please tell me you're not sideloading pirated books. :(

If you like the eInk but are having static with Nook, I recommend Kobo. Same light and portable design, same eInk, but not as much hassle as far as I've seen.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 27, 2012 06:01pm (UTC)
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Definitely try going without charging it for a while... I would go crazy if I had to charge it daily. Its performance isn't affected until it's down to 15% or so. (Which should take at least 2 weeks...)

The number of books I read in a year is not conducive to spending 15-20 USD per book in Korea, and I am not going to bring thousands of books to Korea. B&N doesn't let me download books in Korea. Fortunately Project Gutenberg has quite a few books I want to read.

Is Kobo even available in the States anymore since Borders went under? A Canadian company sells it now, right? My Canadian friend got a Kobo a few months ago... oh well. I don't like eInk enough to actually get another e-reader. When my Nook dies I'll just toss it and get a tablet. (Hopefully by then tablets won't be so prohibitively expensive.)

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