Finally bought an E-reader

Well, in a moment of weakness after work Thursday, I popped into the local Barnes & Noble and shelled out the “big bucks” for a nook.

I purchased and downloaded the newest Stephen King book (Under the Dome) as my innaugural read via this method. I’m about 110 pages in (out of 800+) and, as a simple, portable reader I have no complaints. I am pretty disappointed in a couple other functions that I had high hopes for (and this may admittedly be partly because I just started using it and am not that savvy a user yet).

The dictionary: I was surprised when I highlighted the word “trundled” (yes, I already knew the meaning) and it said ‘not found’. Now, would it have found just ‘trundle?’ I don’t know. And I don’t know yet if I can look up a variant of a word; all I know how to do is highlight a word on the page and look that up.

Selecting (highlighting) a word to look up: This process is AGONIZINGLY slow. It automatically starts you at the uppermost left word on the page and you have to navigate down and across to the word you want one word (or line) at a time. Is there no faster way to do this?? If the word you’re interested in is in the lower right, well, you’ve got a lot of tapping to do.., and its reaction to each tap seems awfully slow. Exasperating. I may be too spoiled due to having used the touch screen on my iPhone for so long now. (and my iPhone is a quicker way to look up a word via Merriam-Webster than using my nook)

Highlighting and notes: this has the same problem as navigating to look up a word. I am inveterate ‘underliner and note-taker’ when reading, so this may also be a major disappointment as well.

Maybe future upgrades will help my issues. I hope. Any other nook owners out there that can help ease my pain?


  1. March 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I wish I could jump on the e-reader bandwagon but unfortunately I’m too much of a purist when it comes to books. It’s still piles of books cluttered on shelves and nightstands for me. 🙂


  2. stentorpub said,

    March 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I have to (grudgingly) admit I still prefer a traditional book myself. I suspect what I’ll end up using the nook for will be my ‘lighter’ reading – e.g. the first book I bought on it (and will probably finish reading sometime in the next week) is the newest Stephen King book, “Under the Dome.” It’s more escapist reading – not something that I’d make a lot of notes or comments in the margins.

    I sure would prefer a touch screen on the nook too. I have an iPhone app (Free Books) where you can download and read many classics. I just recently read Alice in Wonderland on that, but it’s admittedly a pretty short work.


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