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Nook for the Web

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Read Nook books in your browser! No eReader device required with what Barnes and Noble is calling their new “browser experience”  Nook for Web. With Nook for the Web, users do not need to download software, or even log in to a B&N account. Reading is accomplished through an html5 web-based reader for anyone with a modern browser including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. (Support for tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices coming soon.)

And right now (through July 26, 2012) Nook for Web comes with six free books including:

Map of Bones by James Rollins

The bones lead to ancient mysteries and present-day terror . . . To follow them means death. During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks’ robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior . . . a treasure that could reshape the world.

Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell

Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. In essays drawn from her witty and sometimes brutally candid column in the New York Observer, Candace Bushnell introduces us to the young and beautiful who travel in packs from parties to bars to clubs. Meet “Carrie,” the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places…”Mr. Big,” the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another…”Samantha Jones,” the fortyish, successful, “testosterone woman” who uses sex like a man…not to mention “Psycho Moms,” “Bicycle Boys,” “International Crazy Girls,” and the rest of the New Yorkers who have inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You’ve seen them on HBO, now read the book that started it all…

The Vow by Kim Carpenter

Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993. Two months after their marriage, a devastating car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury and in a coma for weeks. When she finally awoke, she had no idea who Kim was. With no recollection of their relationship and while Krickitt experienced personality changes common to those who suffer head injuries, Kim realized the woman he had married essentially died in the accident.

The Boxcar Children Summer Special by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Just in time for vacation, Boxcar fans can dive into summer reading with three warm-weather adventures about the Aldens, together in one volume. In The Mystery at the Ball Park, the baseball season is in jeopardy when someone steals a special bat and Jessie’s glove. Then the team almost doesn’t make it to their first game! In The Mystery of the Hidden Beach, the Aldens try to find the terrible secret that the beach holds. And in The Summer Camp Mystery, the children investigate why someone is sabotaging the annual Olympic competition at Camp Seagull. Boxcar Children Mysteries, always just right for summer reading, are now three times better with the The Boxcar Children Summer Special.

Brave by Tennant Redbank

Join Merida on her exciting adventure full of magic and mystery through the Highlands of Scotland!

Perfect Island Getaways by Patricia Schultz

Stop dreaming and get going! Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, the ultimate honeymoon, a family vacation, or a last-minute escape from the woes of a too-long winter, the Caribbean offers the right destination for every taste and budget—and Patricia Schultz knows just where and how to find that life-changing spot.

For more information on the new Nook for Web and to download the free books, please visit the Barnes and Noble website here.

 

Nook GlowLight Review

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I so look forward to my time to read at night because for me reading in bed is not only a hobby, it’s more of a necessity. It helps me relax and wind down from a busy day. If I don’t read at night, my sleep suffers. So of course when the Nook with GlowLight came out I had to try it. And I have not been disappointed. The new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is perfect for nighttime reading.

With GlowLight, reading is possible regardless of the external light conditions. It is basically a glowing, soft, white light that has been added to the top of the e-reader behind the display glass. The light is distributed throughout the reading panel, enabling comfortable reading even in the dark.

The GlowLight isn’t wimpy illumination either. It is nice and bright. Rather than utilizing a backlit screen, the Nook just glows a sort of bluish white, which I find is really easy on the eyes. The intensity of the light can be adjusted, too, and the Nook remembers the brightness and makes it the default setting the next time the ereader is switched on.

I like that the light feature does not compromise on daylight reading. With an anti-glare built-in screen protector, the Nook ensures a comfortable reading experience outside in the bright sunlight, as well as inside in the dark.

As I mentioned, apart from the GlowLight technology, this ereader is basically the same as its predeccessor, the Nook Simple Touch.

It has the same 800MHz TI OMAP 3 processor, 2GB memory expandable to 32GB with a microSD Card, and WiFi technology.

Its dimensions at 6.5X5 inches remain virtually unchanged.

But despite the new lighting technology, this reader is actually 5% lighter than the previous model and weighs less than 7 ounces, making it a breeze to hold.

The Home Page is pretty much the same, displaying where you are in the current read, with new books and book recommendations at the bottom.

There are plenty of ways to customize the reading experience, and everything from shopping to reading is intuitive and straightforward.

All the other services offered by B&N are offered in this device too: the lovely book lending and sharing apps, for instance, and of course the standard features like highlighting, adding notes and looking up meanings on Webster’s.

Using its reliable WiFi feature, Nook readers have access to more than 2.5 million books and periodicals and growing.

Where this Nook really excels (apart from the GlowLight, of course) is in its incredible battery life. B&N claims the battery will last a whole month without recharging, even if used for an hour daily and I totally agree.

The Barnes & Nobles Nook Touch with GlowLight is a great bargain. With a super long battery life, reliable WiFi, the new GlowLight feature, nice display and a large collection of available books, this e-reader really has a lot to offer.

How Nook’s LendMe Works

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Now we can lend or borrow an ebook with Barnes and Noble LendMe Technology for Nook users!

Here’s an overview: The B&N LendMe feature allows a person to loan a book once to one person. Many books can be loaned to the same person, but a book can only be lent out once. So it’s wise to choose carefully since we only get one shot to lend. Each book can be lent for a period of 14 days. Keep in mind that if it is returned easly, it is still not able to be lent again. Also, only a LendMe enabled book can be lent out . (Currently, about 20% of the B&N library is LendMe supported.)

Borrowing a book:
When a book is lent, a notification appears on the borrower’s Nook. The borrower can then go to his or her Library and accept or reject the offer to get the book on loan. This offer is open only for 7 days and if the borrower doesn’t respond within this time, the offered book goes back into the lender’s library, and is available to be loaned to someone else. If the offer to lend is accepted, it will appear for download in the bottom color display of the borrower’s Nook and it is then added to the borrower’s device for 14 days. The book’s title will appear along with the words ‘From a friend’ and will display the number of days left in the borrowing period. The borrower simply returns the book through the B&N website once he or she is done reading the book.

Loaning a Book:
To lend a book, the lender must first locate a LendMe supported book from his or her Nook Library. Next, the lender will tap the selected book and hold till the LendMe pop-up appears. Once the lender selects the LendMe option, he or she can choose a contact the borrower from an e-mail list or from among Facebook friends. The book will now be offered on loan to the selected borrower who can then follow the Borrowing a Book instructions above. In the meantime, the words ‘On Loan’ will appear in the lender’s Library and the lender will have no access to it until the book is returned.

Important: A book will not be loaned out to a person if he already has that book or if he rejects it. This leaves you free to loan the book to someone else.

The LendMe service is currently under beta testing but it is working well according to most users. It is a great opportunity to share books.

Oh, and LendMe does not require a Nook device to participate. Lenders and Borrowers can use any compatible e-book reader or a B&N e-reader app enabled device.

Nook MultiTouch Review

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The Nook 7″ MultiTouch is simple to use to read, surf, entertain, and stay connected with friends.  This eReader device is fully loaded with updated and worthwhile features: The weight, design, operational process, battery life, and speed are its strengths.

It has 8GB storage capacity (about 5Gb is user available) and Wi-Fi connectivity. I can watch movies, television shows, and listen to audio tracks with the Nook. I really enjoy the lightning–fast web-browser, email and running video options.

It has the VividView 7”color touchscreen which is an absolutely beautiful display. This multi-touch color screen displays about 16 million colors of ultra-bright designs with significant clarity.

It provides about 11.5 hours of battery life for reading and 9 hours of battery life for running video.

The Nook tablet has crazy fast video streaming and webrowsing. It came preloaded with free trials of Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Barnes and Nobel claims over 2.5 million titles and great deals from the Nook Daily Find along with magazines, comics, newspapers makes for one of the largest collections of digital content available on an ereading device. Speaking of comics, the Marvel graphic novels are amazing on it.

I find Wi-Fi  invaluable and the Nook’s is great. It isn’t fussy and just works, which is nice. Once charged, I was able to read, surf and chat with friends for a total of 11 hours before needing to recharge.  Videos, however, drain the batteries and cut my battery by a few hours at least.

As mentioned, The Nook Tablet has 8GB memory but can be expanded up to 32 GB.

I am not a big music listener but for those who are, Pandora comes with pre-loaded songs.

The Nook weighs in at a hefty 14.1 ounces. But since it’s back-lit I save weight with no external light or case so I don’t even notice it.

It measures 5 plus inches wide and is 8 inches tall with a depth of 0.48 inches.

It has adjustable fonts with 8 text sizes, 6 font styles, changeable background colors, line, and margin spacing options it just seems so very user friendly at every possible level. The built-in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is handy.

With its instant web plus E-mail, Wi-Fi, Microphone, 50+ supported file types on video, audio as well as a crisp clear easy-on-the-eyes display, pre-loaded Nook apps, and 512 MB Ram, the Nook is a great eReader with a lot of extra features for the price. Overall, I am very pleased with it.

A Review of Lights and cases for the Nook Color

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A review of cases and lights for the Nook Color eReader by Barnes and Noble. The U.S. Congress on Thursday voted to extend higher loan limits for government-backed mortgages, a move that should help keep borrowing costs low and support the shaky housing sector.

At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, the government raised the ceiling on the size of loans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could buy. At the time, the private market for so-called jumbo loans had all but dried up.

The legislation approved by the House of Representatives and Senate, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law, would keep in place until October 2011 the higher $729,750 ceiling for single-family home mortgages in high cost areas other than Hawaii and Alaska.