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#1 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:43 PM

Not sure where to put this cross post from my Cabin In the Woods, but Mobility seems a likely choice...

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Well, trying to read this 10lb tome on Lovecraft that I borrowed from the library the other day is just killing me. I have to prop it up on a pillow to read it in bed and even then it's a chore. Made me thing of an eReader the other night. Hmmmm...

I came into a couple spare $ doing some local computer work for friends/acquaintances recently. I should probably utilize that $ for something more constructive, like paying down some debts. However, it is Christmas and all that; and if you can't buy yourself a nice little gift occasionally, what the heck is the season for, anyway? Heh! ;)

So, I ordered me one of these babies tonight on eBay. It's a manufacturer refurb with all accessories and the full manufacturer warranty.

Barnes and Noble NOOK Color BNRV200 Tablet Computer (PC World review and specs HERE)

Similar in appearance to this one...

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I only paid $44.95 total... no tax and free "expedited" shipping (expected 1 Dec - 4 Dec).

Not bad, huh?

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 02:32 AM

Hello,

I have had several generations of B&N Nook devices, including one of these.  Top-notch build quality and great screens.  This model also as a MicroSDXC slot for expansion, which it can also boot from to run a different version of Android.  You should have a lot of fun with it.

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#3 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 03:39 AM

Thanks, Aryeh. I read a lot of stuff about eReaders and tablets before I decided to buy this one. It looked like a nice value for the dollar. I have quite a few SD cards lying around (from my camera and an older mp3 player). I'll make use of them, for sure. :)

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 10:43 AM

Don't confuse sd cards with micro sd cards.
Our netbooks and cameras use sd cards but my tablet uses a much tinier micro sd card.

I keep a 32GB micro card permanently in my tablet with movies on it. I use VLC to watch them. Great when I need to wait and there is no free wifi. Of course, you will read.
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Posted 28 November 2015 - 08:08 PM

Ah... I'm such a technology doofus. You're right. Those micro SD's are wee little things...

https://en.wikipedia.../Secure_Digital

Oh, and I don't have any of those.

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 02:37 PM

You can get low quality microSD very cheaply. So you could copy your SD's to those. or ... Does the Nook support USB-on-the-go ?
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Posted 29 November 2015 - 05:37 PM

I don't think it does out of the box because it is Android 2.2 Froyo and OTG came in Android 3.1.
Source: https://en.wikipedia...i/USB_On-The-Go
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Posted 29 November 2015 - 07:38 PM

I have a USB multi-card reader that I can use to manipulate files on assorted cards and my main computer's hard driives, so getting stuff onto the tablet won't be a problem. I've also had a couple folks suggest using an app called Calibre and run a server from my DropBox site. Cool ideas! :)

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:05 AM

Actually, Aryeh... I think you sent me that little USB card reader. ;)

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 02:26 AM

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Oh, and I've started playing around with a really cool little application to store and manage eBooks and such. It's called Calibre, and was recommended to me by +Jennifer Doering and +Eric Hameleers on G+ the other night. It's very spiffy! Here's what mine looked like when I first started setting it up (it looks even better after playing with it for two+ hours. ;)

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 09:11 AM

I have the Glo -Light e-reader version and it is great the battery lasts for weeks and the glo light came in handy last night as we had a ten hour power cut. Calibre is the neatest e-book reader software and you can do conversions and all sorts of clever stuff with it.

Here are a few sites that may be of interest,

http://android.stack...-cable-for-good

http://arstechnica.c...droid-tablet/2/

http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1030227

Looks like you can root the thing by putting the rom on the sd card aswell as rooting the Nook itself which could be useful.

Bet you have a load of fun with it. :clap:
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Posted 30 November 2015 - 09:46 PM

Heck, before I root and rummage and remodel, I just want to try reading a book with the silly thing. ;)

Thanks for the linkies, Erik! :)

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 03:37 AM

Hello,

You might like http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/.

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 08:17 PM

Yup. I've already snarfed up a few from the Baen Free Library. ;)

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 12:36 PM

I have gotten quite a few great books from Gutenberg and Librivox.

I love my nook (courtesy of securitybreach -- thanks Josh!) ... not one of the color nooks but a quite nice classic nook.

With aging eyes, digital readers are awesome because you can adjust the font size to accommodate.
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Posted 02 December 2015 - 08:48 PM

Got it! It's beautiful. It was shipped to me direct from the manufacturer's refurbishing facility. It's spotless; not a mark on. It's charging right now. I was a good boy and followed the directions to fully charge it before attempting to use it. It only takes three hours for a complete charge. I'll be playing around with it a bit later. You can bet on that. :)

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 01:49 AM

OH, BOY!

Well, all seems OK. I registered with B&N, got some free books from them, loaded some of my own using Calibre (very COOL that). I set all my preferences and baloney. I'm going to re-read Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror tonight, I think.

FUN! I think I'm going to like this little newfangled device.

The big test later this week sometime is to "borrow" an eBook from my local library. That's going to be interesting. :clap:

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Posted 03 December 2015 - 09:11 AM

I love Calibre! Have a ton of books in it! Figuratively speaking...
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Posted 03 December 2015 - 11:24 PM

I really enjoyed reading with this thing last night. I have my font set to 14pt Trebuchet MS with a sepia background; almost looks like an old paperback page. It's very comfortable to read with it. I tried with the lights on and off, but with them off I get drowsy too fast. ;)

This thing integrates seamlessly with Calibre. That is so cool! It does everything I need it to do even with the limited B&N interface. If I took 5 minutes to root the thing... or virtural root by booting via microSD, I could have a full-fledged Android tablet. For the moment, though, it's fine as is.

I've got 32G (2X16) microSDs coming from eBay. I got them for $10.95 w/ free shipping; brand new unopened Sandisks. Gotta' love eBay. :)








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Posted 08 December 2015 - 08:46 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 30 November 2015 - 02:05 AM, said:

Actually, Aryeh... I think you sent me that little USB card reader. ;)

Hey, Aryeh... the little Microsoft USB card reader worked like a champ with these little microSD cards that I just got. Thanks! :)

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 12:36 AM

Awesome, Eric! :thumbup:
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 12:54 AM

Time to turn of the soul-sucking box and go read on my little soul-sucking Nook now. ;)

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 02:41 PM

I am listening to the Audible book:  The Auschwitz Escape by Joel Rosenberg

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The Auschwitz Escape A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now holds Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.</p>
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Posted 15 December 2015 - 04:07 PM

Where did I get Calibre? Will it work on my Kindle?
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Posted 15 December 2015 - 08:27 PM

http://calibre-ebook.com/

I believe it does work with Kindle.




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