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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Review

If you’re looking for an entry-level tablet with a little more under the hood, the Nook Tablet is a fair pickup.

November 18, 2011
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Reading Books

Reading books on the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is simple and natural feeling, as the pre-loaded Nook application is the same one that many people know and love on their iPads, Android devices, and the older Nook Color. Simply tap or swipe to turn pages, or hold your finger on words to select them and either share passages, look up definitions, or find other instances in the book you are reading.

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The clean interface of the Nook eReader App.

Because of the size and weight of the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, you are likely to elect to hold the unit with both hands while reading eBooks. Because the balance is so far off, it's almost necessary if you'd like to be able to read much without stabilizing the tablet.

Buying Books

Buying books with the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is fairly simple. Once you've set up an account with Barnes and Noble, or logged into your existing account with billing information saved, you can simply tap open the Nook Store, and tap on the title you would like to buy. Once you tap the purchase button, the download will begin immediately, and your credit card account charged.

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Easy to read, easy to buy.
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eBook Formats

It's at this point in the review that we'd like to point out that the eBook wars are very heated and bitter, as the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet refuses to read books bought with incompatible bookstores and DRM. While Android tablets and the iPad can use just about any eReader application, and therefore use just about any file format, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is limited to its own native formats, plus a few common text files, like PDF, TXT, HTML, Microsoft Office files, and EPUB documents. If the eBooks you have saved on your computer do not work, you can always try using a free conversion service or program found online.

Newspapers & Magazines

The Newsstand and magazine store are both a part of the larger Nook Store, and function very much in the same way as the eBook store. It has the same format and process, so there should be very few if any difficulties here. You can also subscribe to certain periodicals and download the new files as they come out.

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Gotta love periodicals downloaded anywhere.

eBook Battery Life

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  12. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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