Classic Barnes and Noble's reader: first pics
#111  Lomez 10-21-2009, 02:42 AM
Quote Ocean
Is it THAT big of a deal in your private personal life -- or are you just hugging to principle?

I love the device-- which means I live with its shortcomings.
To each his own, certainly. But, still... It's a device, not a relationship.

#112  brecklundin 10-21-2009, 02:45 AM
Quote kindlekitten
is there any way of tracking that? outside of rare books, who would be keeping an inventory of sales of used books? I have an outstanding little used bookstore here where I live, the most organized, easy to use and helpful used bookstore I've ever been in. I seriously doubt they keep a record of all of the titles they sell. whenever I have asked for something, they have had to physically go and look as opposed to using any kind of a database. I know that they put stuff that they consider collectible into some kind of a record as they do a certain amount of online selling of rare books, but they don't track the average stuff
Actually our town's biggest and best stocked used bookstore has everything in a database. There does exist (Even Used & Rare) Bookstore Management applications. A lot of stores do not use it though because of the overhead involved to catalog all books already in the store as well as new books as they come in...but once everything is up to date, it's pretty fast. They can even use a bar-code scanner on newer books.

As for actually tracking the sales and such, I doubt it is possible at all. Anything would be pure guesstimation. But I will say, both publishers and new-book retail sellers want to do anything possible to drive used book stores out of business.

Makes me remember there is/was (I dunno if it is even still in business) but in San Luis Obispo, California, there was one of the best used book stores I have ever been in...wood floors with each flooring strip creaking from each step taken through the store...and that odor of a clean but used bookstore...a shame I don't get up there might be closed down by now though, the property is just too valuable, even in today's economy.

#113  basschick 10-21-2009, 02:59 AM
the nook site is live and the price is $259 - formats are:

* EPUB and eReader Formats
* PDFs load easily and look great.
* 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.

no text, rich text or html

lots of covers to choose from including a couple that don't use leather.

i wonder if the color screen can be turned off. after all, those of us who read on an ebook reader partly because of eyestrain - particular caused by refresh - may not want a little refreshing screen that's on while we're reading.

#114  benham 10-21-2009, 03:31 PM
How many font sizes and how many gray levels?

#115  kennyc 10-21-2009, 03:37 PM

I think the number of font sizes depends on the ebook format..

#116  DaleDe 10-21-2009, 03:53 PM
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I think the number of font sizes depends on the ebook format..
Probably so, I suspect 5 is the standard these days for Adobe stuff.


#117  wayrad 10-21-2009, 06:56 PM
I hope it doesn't have the 500-book limit that the Palm Ereader app does (not sure about other platforms). Of course, without folder support, 500 books would be a pain anyway. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing one when they hit the stores!

#118  Lomez 10-21-2009, 07:26 PM
Looks like Kindle owners will be crying an ocean of tears!

Here's a feature-by-feature comparison of the Nook and the Kindle 2:

And, here's Wired magazine's take on it:
"Barnes & Noble Unveils Kindle-Killing, Dual-Screen ‘Nook’ E-Reader"

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