Late last year I decided it was time to join the eReader/Tablet crowd. I decided on a Tablet because I liked the idea of being able to check email, look up a quick fact on the Internet, or spend a few minutes playing a game. Another key factor was being able to download library eBooks directly to the device. After that, it was a question of which Tablet to get.
In the end, I chose the Nook Tablet. The size made it more portable than an iPad. The price point was also more attractive because I got a good deal which included some accessories and this became the deciding factor in getting a Nook Tablet over the Kindle Fire. While I have enjoyed the Nook for many reasons, I was bitterly disappointed because currently, it isn’t possible to download library eBooks directly to the Nook Tablet.* The Nook Tablet is an Android device sold by Barnes and Noble, a book store that has used library eBook compatibility as a selling point for their other devices. Why wouldn’t their tablet allow direct downloads?!?
The good news is that both OverDrive and Barnes and Noble have confirmed that an OverDrive app for the Nook Color and Nook Tablet is in the works. In the meantime, library eBooks have to be side-loaded onto both devices.** It’s still worth it for the benefit of reading lengthy tomes such as the titles in George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series without having to manipulate a thick, heavy book. I also like being able to adjust the text size and background colors on the screen to make reading easier.
Stay tuned. Hopefully my next post will be a success story about downloading directly to my Nook Tablet.
*There are ways to “root” the Nook so that it allows apps that aren’t a part of the pre-selected market. You can find out how by doing a search in your favorite search engine. Doing this, however, voids the warranty.
** Another option with the Nook Color is to purchase an SD card that turns the device into an Android tablet. At this time these don’t seem to be available for the Nook Tablet.