Tag: eReaders

New Study: Mobile Reading is Up

Posted November 3, 2014 by Holly in Discussions, News | 8 Comments

mobile readingThis was a UK study, but I found it really interesting. I read books primarily on my e-reader, but I do read on my phone on those rare occasions I’m out and about without my Nook. However, when it comes to blog-hopping, news, social media, etc, I use my phone more than my table, e-reader or even my pc.

Mobile phone book reading boom takes hold

Oxford, UK, 7 October 2014 – We are more likely to use our mobiles to read books than ever before, according to new research by publishing services provider, Publishing Technology.

The survey, which polled 1,500 UK consumers, found that 43 per cent of people read (or have read) ebooks on their mobile. And our love of mobile reading is on the rise, with a huge 59 per cent of people reading more on their phones now than they did last year. Younger people in particular are not just using their mobiles to text, Snapchat and take selfies, they’re also taking to their mobile phones to read more frequently, with 23 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds using their mobiles to read books on a daily basis.

The trend for shorter, snappier online content looks to be changing the way we read books on our phones. The survey shows that we read on our mobiles in short bursts with a growing preference for bite-sized content that is easier to consume on the go.

For example, two thirds of Brits (66 per cent) tend to spend less than 30 minutes reading on their mobile phones in each sitting. And more than a third of young people aged 18-24 said they preferred to read shorter content on their mobiles (38 per cent).

But one thing that doesn’t change just because we’re reading on our mobiles is our favourite genres. As is true in the world of printed books, crime and thriller books are still the most popular genres for readers (27 per cent), followed by autobiographies/biographies (25 per cent), general fiction (20 per cent), sci-fi/fantasy (19 per cent) and romance/erotic fiction (18 per cent).

We all have our favourite places to read too. Relaxation and home comforts are top of the list for young people most of whom prefer to read on their mobiles in the comfort of their homes, either snuggled up on the couch or while taking a long bath (61 per cent). By comparison, older generations (35 and over) are reading around the pressures of busy work lives, mainly reading books secretly on their mobiles at work and during the daily commute on public transport (73 per cent).

Michael Cairns, Publishing Technology’s CEO, said: “As mobile phones become a more intrinsic part of our lives, we are increasingly using them to read our favourite books. Technology is changing the what, where and how of book reading and this survey shows us how significant mobiles, in particular, are going to be to the future of books.”

“We can see that the technology still has a long way to go before it satisfies everyone. But as mobiles continue to improve the user experience, we can expect more people to choose them as a convenient way to read books.”

The Mobile Book Reading Habits survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Publishing Technology. The full results can be accessed at www.publishingtechnology.com/research.

I thought it was interesting that romance readers showed the lowest percentile. Since romance is the highest selling fiction genre, I can only conclude that, like me, most romance readers have an e-reader or still prefer print books. I used to read way more print than digital, but in the last couple years my print reading has dwindled to practically nothing. I might read 5 print books a year, which is nothing when I average 200+ books.

Do you read on your mobile phone, or do you prefer to read in print or on your e-reader? What’s your current print vs digital ratio? 

Publishing Technology plc:

Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business.  We cover the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Combining our unmatched publishing knowledge, global operations and perpetual support model with our advance enterprise system, ingentaconnect scholarly portal, pub2web custom hosting platform and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) sales and marketing consultancy, we offer the industry’s only full spectrum of solutions to help publishers move their content forward.  Listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, the company operates jointly from Europe (Oxford) and North America (Boston and New Jersey), with local offices in Brazil, India, China and Australia.  Assisting 400 trade and scholarly publishers for over thirty years, Publishing Technology solves the fundamental issues content providers face.

 Visit publishingtechnology.com, follow @publishingtech on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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This Week Only: Buy a Nook HD and get a Simple Touch Free!!

Posted March 26, 2013 by Holly in Promotions | 1 Comment

Buy a NOOK Tablet, Get an Ereader Free! Get both for Only $269 and Free Shipping! Valid 3/24 – 3/31

This is a screaming deal. Buy a Nook HD for $269 and get a Nook Simple Touch free! The deal includes free shipping. I have a Nook Color and I think I’m going to trade up. I love my reader, but I want something I can use as a tablet, too.

You need to buy now, however, because the deal is only going on through 3/31/13!



Buy a NOOK Tablet, Get an Ereader Free! Get both for Only $269 and Free Shipping! Valid 3/24 – 3/31

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Musings on the nook

Posted March 19, 2010 by Casee in Discussions | 9 Comments

Technology is the name of the game at this day in age. When the Kindle first came out, it was a sizeable amount of money. IIRC it was around $350. For an item that you couldn’t actually touch or test, it was ridiculous and unthinkable to most readers. It was unthinkable for me. I think that Barnes and Noble is genius for not only coming out with the nook, but making it available in stores for customers/readers to actually test.

The Kindle slowly dropped in price and has stayed steady at $259. The nook is the same price. When added to the fact that you can actually LOOK at it before paying, it seems like a no brainer. People love their i-Phones and anything touch screen. That’s another reason that nook is so appealing.

I never would have gotten the Kindle if they hadn’t sent it to me for a free trial. No way in hell. If I didn’t have my Kindle, I would be first in like to get the nook. There are some features I don’t like. Their customer service isn’t the speediest. It’s frozen up on me more than once. However, you have to remember that this is the first model that they’ve put out. Much like the Kindle and the Sony, the bugs and kinks get worked out as newer models come out. Or in B&N’s case, you get wireless updates. That is something I LOVE.

What are some e-Readers you have seen in stores? What did you think/not think? What kind of e-Reader do you have?

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Who wants to win a nook?

Posted March 17, 2010 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 105 Comments

Bookshelves overflowing? Tired of lugging multiple books around with you? Been wanting an e-reader but didn’t want to spend the money one on?

Well, now’s your chance to win one for free. We have a nook to giveaway and it could be yours.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to the Barnes and Noble website (barnesandnoble.com) and find 1 thing you like about the nook, along with a link to the first book you plan to purchase if you win.

  2. Search through our archives (thebookbinge.com) for your favorite post/review we’ve ever written.

  3. Come back here and leave a comment – or email us at contests@thebookbinge.com, with “nook contest” in the subject – with both links (one from B&N.com with the first book you plan to purchase and one with your favorite post/review from this site), telling us why you want to win.

  4. If you share the contest somewhere public (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, your blog/website) and leave a link in your comment, we’ll toss your name in for a second time. But it has to be somewhere public..ie, if we follow the link we can see it.

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? This contest will end Sunday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be announced Monday, March 22.

ETA: This giveaway is only available to U.S. residents.

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Product Review: nook vs. Kindle

Posted March 17, 2010 by Holly in Reviews | 12 Comments

When the announcement first came out that B&N was releasing nook, I have to admit to being pretty excited. I’d been waiting for another e-reader to come on the market that was comparable to the Kindle, and the nook seemed to be the answer.

My two year wedding anniversary was last week and my husband surprised me with a nook…and a Kindle. He wasn’t sure which one I wanted, so he bought both (have I mentioned lately how much I love my husband?). Initially we decided I’d play with both and see which one I wanted to keep. Now I think we may keep them both. He’s been wanting one of his own, so this could be the perfect solution.

He gave me the nook in the car on the first day of vacation. We had just left home on a week long road trip to Northern California. We’d had a conversation the week prior to and I was telling him I preferred the nook to the Kindle on paper. So he left the Kindle at home and gave the nook first. I had about a week to play with it before checking out the Kindle. I’d say that gives the nook an unfair advantage, but the truth is I didn’t have much time to play with it while we were on vacation.

Look: My initial impression of the nook is that it’s very thin. I’ve been using an eBookwise ereader for years, so the lack of bulk surprised me. Comparing it to the Kindle, I’d say they’re about the same size. The nook is just a tad thicker than the Kindle and might be a little heavier, but not so much that I really notice it. I think the screen on the Kindle is smaller than the screen on the nook. Or that could just be an illusion because the case surrounding the Kindle screen is bigger.

Screen: Both devices feature e-ink screens. The eBookwise has an LCD backlit touchscreen, so this is a huge change for me. The color touchscreen on the nook really makes the e-ink standout. I kept expecting the reading screen to light up and getting frustrated when it didn’t. I can’t say if my problem stemmed from using the backlit eBookwise for so long or if it’s the screen itself. More than likely the issue is mine (though it could also be that my other e-devices – cell phone, laptop – are backlit as well). The background of the nook screen seems a tad lighter than that of the Kindle. The gray is a shade lighter, I mean. It doesn’t change or effect the reading experience.

Setup: I don’t have an iPhone or iTouch, so I’m not used to using a touchscreen. I had some trouble inputting my account information initially on the nook because of this. I kept hitting the wrong letter and having to backspace to try again. it was pretty frustrating. I also had trouble getting it to accept my password. I had the same issue when I tried to register the B&N eReader app on my Blackberry, so I don’t know if it was me or a B&N issue.

Registering the Kindle was easy in comparison, but I have to qualify that with two things: 1) I’m not used to the touchscreen keyboard and 2) I was playing with the nook in the car while my husband was driving. 2 is a huge qualification for several reasons, the main being that I get extremely car sick if I try to read in the car. So I wasn’t able to give it my full attention. I don’t know if it would have been any easier had I been stationary, but I’m going to assume it was.

It’s hard using your thumbs to type on the Kindle because it’s so wide. I keep wanting to use it like I would the keyboard on my cell phone, then becoming frustrated when I can’t. I find myself hunting and pecking because of it.

Downloading: Once I had registered the devices I tried downloading a free sample from each store. I like that the prices are shown while browsing the nook. If I want to see the price of a Kindle book I have to select the title and wait for the page to load. It tales anywhere from 10-25 seconds for the separate pages to load on the Kindle. It was pretty close to the same for the nook. The color touchscreen on the nook makes it a lot easier to see the covers of the books. They’re hard to see on the Kindle.

To start I downloaded the free sample of Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins. I’d say it took about 30-45 seconds on both devices to complete the transaction and have the book show on my bookshelf.
Reading: The sample shows as 14 pages on the nook. (side note: Something interesting about the nook: When a book loads it shows the actual number of pages. But the page count only turns about every 3 page turn. So essentially it’ll say I’m on page 10 for 3 pages. :end side note) The first page is the book cover, then the title page, acknowledgments, dedication, review pages and etc..all the normal pages you have to flip through in a paperback book. I had to flip through 10 pages to get to the actual story.

Page numbers don’t show on the Kindle (instead it shows a percentage) – which incidentally I find very annoying – so I can’t say how many pages it is, but it does go on quite a bit longer than the sample on the nook. If I want to read the acknowledgments or dedications I have to page back. I like that better than having to page through them to get to the story.

The text is very clear on both screens. I don’t see a noticeable difference between them. I’m able to change the font size easily on both devices, though it took me awhile to figure out how to do it on the Kindle. I kept looking in the menu options for it, when there’s actually a keyboard button. The nook has the options listed on the touchscreen while the book is open. I like that I can change the font type on the nook, besides just the size.

There is a slight delay between page turns on both devices. I’d say 1-2 seconds. It doesn’t seem to be better or worse with either device.

Sideloading: Personal content can be added to both devices via USB cord. It’s easy enough, you just plug it in then drop and drag your documents. The nook takes PDF, ePub and Adobe Digital Editions. The Kindle takes Mobipocket, PDF and HTML. I have a ton of PDF files, so I loaded a few to see how they translated.

They transferred to the nook without a problem. The text was normal size and the font easy to read. The spacing seemed to be a bit off on a couple of the files, but otherwise there wasn’t an issue. I can still adjust the font type and size, but I can’t make notes or highlight text in documents I sideload. That’s kind of frustrating.

They didn’t transfer as well to the Kindle. The text size is tiny and isn’t adjustable. I can’t make notes or highlight text on this device either. Files can be emailed to the Kindle (the nook doesn’t have that option) for $.15 per document. According to Casee, if you email a file in it automatically converts, but it didn’t work when I tried. The PDFs I emailed still loaded the same way – with tiny font. The .doc file I emailed didn’t show up at all, though I was charged for it (I’ll take that up with Amazon later).

I like the idea of being able to email files, but I don’t know if it’s worth paying for. It might be worth it to avoid having to convert files, but I’m not convinced yet. I haven’t tried converting my PDFs to Mobi files and loading them that way yet. I’m told they load perfectly though.

Connectivity: This isn’t going to be entirely fair, because as I stated above I had the nook on vacation with me, but didn’t have the Kindle. We stayed in a variety of places and I had some major issues getting the nook to connect. This was a concern for me with both devices when they were first released. The wifi settings don’t allow you to connect to password protected wifi (such as hotels and etc) and I didn’t have 3G service in many of the places we visited.

Audio: I tried loading music files on both devices without success. I haven’t really had a chance to play around with them to find out why it didn’t work, however. I’ll try to remember to check back once I do.

As for audiobooks, I know Renee has successfully loaded them from Audible, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Other stuff: The Kindle froze up for about a minute when I turned the text-to-speech on, changed the settings or turned it off. The nook doesn’t have a text-to-speech function, so I couldn’t compare.

Apparently the nook used to freeze up all the time, but it only happened to me once when an update was installing.

The cord for the Kindle is quite a bit longer than the nook’s.

Conclusion: At this point I’m leaning toward the nook, mostly because of the way PDFs load onto it compared to the Kindle. Plus, I think the touchscreen menu is easier to use. This is based on using my nook for almost two full weeks while only having used the Kindle for a few days.

I plan to do several more posts about both devices in the following weeks to come. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have questions about either device and I’ll be happy to answer them if I can.

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