Is it possible to load up PDF or other e-book format onto the devices? If so how easy is it to get them on there?
For the Nook 2nd-gen you just plug it into a computer via USB and drag and drop. Epub and PDF loaded just fine and displayed in my library on the device. I'd assume the same result would occur with all other supported file types.
Alternately, I'd assume loading up a microSD card would work too, but I haven't even come close to hitting my storage limit with the 20 or so books I've loaded so far.
How does the kobo compare to the nook? I am not a US resident so kobo's "international bookstore" deal appears sweeter to me. However, is the hardware better, worse or on par with the nook (since most of the above thread seems to already show some preference for the nook)?
Well, the nook is definitely the better of the two, no question. That said, that the Kobo's hardware isn't bad at all, it's a little lighter and I kind of like the design on the back. I would like to have physical buttons for page turns, though.
I think the biggest difference is in terms of software, not hardware. I've had a lot of trouble getting the Kobo to sync books. I can drag-and-drop over ePub files and PDFs, but I haven't been able to use their bookstore to buy books.
Alright. Noted. Thanks man!
Perhaps I'll wait to see if there is a firmware update in the works to fix the syncing issues. Their iPhone app seems to work fine when it comes to buying books etc.
It's nice, the new page turn technology that minimizes flashes is an improvement over everything else out there.
How bad is the ghosting on the new Nook?
Not bad at all when reading.
If you search a web address it will bring up the android browser and I think the ghosting is noticeable and irritating in that usage scenario. However I honestly can't imagine using the new nook for web browsing unless it was a last resort, and in that situation I can deal with a little ghosting.
I'll agree with this. It's not very noticeable while reading.
How does the Kobo handle panning while zoomed in on PDFs? A few of the reviews I've read/videos I've watched have reported/shown that it chokes and hiccups while panning around and zooming in/out. Part of me thinks that this is due to people being a little ham-handed with the screen and expecting super snappy responses; of course I can't be sure.
I loaded up some PDFs on the Kobo and I can tell you that panning and zooming are not a good experience.
Which screen is more responsive? Also, how are the refresh rates? What device would you recommend. I'm rooting for the Nook.
Would you recommend it over a Kindle?? If, yes, what are the reasons?
I think if you don't already have a collection of Kindle books that the Nook is probably the better pick, at least today. The page refresh technology is probably the one big differentiator.
How does the new Nook feel in the hand while reading? One of the only complaints that I have with the Kindle 3 is that at times the page turn buttons can be too slim. I noticed that with the new Nook you have the swipe option and side buttons. Just wondering if it makes for a better reading experience.
It's nice to be able to use both, but I find myself almost only using the physical buttons. I do wish the buttons were a bit more clickable like on the Kindle 3, occasionally I'll press and nothing will happen and then I'll press too hard and turn two or three pages accidentally.
Are either of them as good as the third gen kindle?
I'd say that Nook is better.
Agreed. If you're looking to buy your first e-reader, it's the best on the market at the moment.
Again, it's worth repeating, if you have a stash of Kindle books that aren't compatible on another device that you want to have access to, stick to a Kindle.
Or install Calibre and convert.
Calibre doesn't convert DRM'd content (that said, it's possible, but it's a really convoluted process that involves a lot of terminal voodoo).
Ah. I see. Good to know. I've never actually bought a book via the Kindle so I haven't run into that... that would absolutely infuriate me.
how you compare the second-gen nook to the Nook Color? From the perspective of a new ebook user, which would be your choice?
Well, if you're really just about reading ebooks -- and really nothing else -- than I'd recommend the second-gen Nook.
How is the user interface? Is it intuitive? I have a Kindle 3 and, apart from reading books, I find the UI not very intuitive at all. I still have trouble adding notes or doing other various functions when it comes to looking for something in the book.
It's fairly intuitive, being able to touch the screen makes some of the nav stuff easier. They've used a lot of the same elements as on the NookColor.
Can the nook be rooted and used as a standard android device?
Yep. There are videos of someone playing Angry Birds on it!