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Yapette
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Bought a Nook Color today.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

Fun, fun, fun! Plays videos (MP4s), MP3s (audiobooks!), ePub files and surfs the internet with B&N software.

But, I have nooo intention of buying content from B&N. [Image Can Not Be Found] My Nook will morph (insha'allah) into a fully functioning tablet.

Until a faster microSD card arrives from newegg, I will practice with the slower ones I have. Goal is Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on an external SD running all kinds of apps*. If (when?) I get good, and confident, B&N will be replaced by Android on the internal memory. Not yet, though - baby steps for newbie skillz.

 

* remember, I'm the one with no smart phone, no itouch or ipad or tablet of any kind.

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I'm "rooting" for you, Yapette.  [Image Can Not Be Found] Keep your Nook adventures updated here if you have the time and/or the inclination.

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I bought a Nook Color a couple of weeks ago in preparation for my trip to Denver for my sister's third joint replacement in 18 months  (a knee, a hip, and now another hip).   These are long times away from home and generally by the end of the first week, I have read all the books I have brought (because of what I can carry) etc etc etc  .  And I have to buy more books which I don't want to carry home.

So I bought a Nook.  And I loaded it up with some books to read while I am here.   And I can get more if I need to.  I don't mind paying Barnes & Noble to get books that have no weight wherever I go.

I am not going to give up real books.  But I have to say that the Nook for being away for a couple of weeks is a good deal.  I will be interested in hearing more from yapette since she said ............>>* remember, I'm the one with no smart phone, no itouch or ipad or tablet of any kind.<<

Me too, me too, Yapette.

Kay

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Heh, heh, appreciate the code Scout. I didn't say the word, you did. [Image Can Not Be Found] But yup, that's my intention.

On Monday I saw on ebay that nefarious sorts are selling memory cards with Android pre-installed. For $50-$100. That pissed off some of the hobbyists who freely assist others & work on improving Android. So....they have counter-posted how-tos on accomplishing the same microSD with Android.

Heretofore, I was scared sh*tless (meaning, I'd brick the Nook) to do it myself.  Hells, I don't know what most of the words mean, let alone following instructions using the words. Now, I think I can. Maybe. Or at least I've convinced myself it's a $249 gamble worth taking (note: I never gamble). 

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You're a brave one, Yap. I'd be scared spitless I'd brick the damn thing. Possible bricking is what kept me from "unleasihing" my PSP with homebrew. I shall live vicariously through you. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Good one Yap.  I listen to audio books on the commute in to work (at the moment it's Stephen King's Wolves of Calla, part of his Dark Tower series, and I've just wrapped up the original Dragonlance Chronicles).  Some of them can be hit and miss, and it largely depends on the quality of the reader.  The guy who does the Dark Tower stuff is impeccable, and has great nuances for each speaker.  I just love listening to his voice.  He could probably read a MacDonalds menu and make it sound awesome.

 

Incidentally, it appears my iPad has died.  It just won't switch on anymore, leaving my ebooks and emags stranded in digital limbo.  I don't know what I should do with it, but I'll take it into a relatively local Apple store and see if they can have a look at it for me.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Jarrod, if you ever revisit this thread....I love audio books. For my Turkey trip, in fact all faraway trips, I take audio books. Easy to "read" in airports, planes, buses, places where I want to tune out people & commotion. Also when I'm so tired my eyes feel like burning orbs or my mind feels like cotton but I can't sleep.

I'm taking 10 books on two Sansa Clips. Why two? I always carry more than one audio device, split the books between them in case one craps out or locks up. Without audio books I'd go bats on trips where I'm constantly surrounded by others. Plug in my books & I disappear into my head.

Status update on My Nook: running Nookie Froyo via SD card with gmail, browser, Twitter, whole lotta features including B&N software.  Android Market works & I've downloaded apps. Remove SD card & the Nook boots into original B&N software.

Learned so much about so much, feels like I'm doing a self-study lab course. [Image Can Not Be Found] Planning to overclock tomorrow & repartition SD card (add undetected 6 gb to 2 gb image).

When I return from Turkey, Android 2.2/Froyo will be old news. By then Honeycomb, Android 3.0 will be a must have for Nooks (it's still in early dev). I will start over from scratch, lucky me. Thankfully, I'm not doing this on a phone where I'm expected to, like, make calls. And I'm not paying a cent for a minutes with capped data plan.

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Turkey sounds quite exciting.  Have a great time.  If you care to share, what are a few of the titles you're taking with you?

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I've found audiobooks to be somewhat expensive - is there a place a tightwad like me can find a good selection at reasonable prices? A Game of Thrones was $40 on the iTunes store, and I'm driving to Pittsburgh tomorrow.

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Steerpike said:

I've found audiobooks to be somewhat expensive – is there a place a tightwad like me can find a good selection at reasonable prices? A Game of Thrones was $40 on the iTunes store, and I'm driving to Pittsburgh tomorrow.


Throne series:  $8.99 Kindle versions from Amazon.  Works on Kindles, iPods/iPhones and many other smartphones. For devices other than Kindles, it is a good idea to download the Kindle Downloader.  Makes the process easy.  I sometimes use the downloader for my iPod Touch, but I don't need to.  I download the "book", and because of how I have iTunes set up, it imports the book automatically.  Easy-peasy.
 

Also available from Audible.  Trial membership (1 month free) gets it for $14.95.  Regular membership gets you 1 credit (for 1 book) per month at $7.49 for the first 3 months and $14.95 each month thereafter.

I never buy audiobooks from iTunes.  They are just too expensive.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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From the library. Digital versions (Overdrive) which can be a pain but it's free. I've also ripped library cds. Then, there's [Image Can Not Be Found].

Steerpike, unfortunately my way requires time & pre-planning. [Image Can Not Be Found] As it takes weeks to get the files I want in order (reserved, acquired, ripped, converted to AAC or MP3), for me it's an ongoing process.

Spike, when traveling I require light & easy (& well written & spoken, those are givens). I go to Amazon & find popular titles with 800-1000+ positive reviews. Also look at what titles readers of those books also bought. Decide if reviews match my tastes, episodic meandering best suits the often on&off&on required on a trip. As I do this once (or twice) a year, there are years' worth of popular titles I've not read.

Only listen to what is thoroughly enjoyable otherwise it doesn't take me "away." Some I remember specifically –

Bali for Life of Pi  and Middlesex.

India for Water for Elephants andThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie  Society.

Vietnam was The Passage, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Over the years tried The Hunger Games but it didn't grab. Nor did The Book Thief and The Help. Got bogged down in Pillars of the Earth when one disk (of 32) was missing. Not more than five minutes of Eat, Pray… Same with Three Cups of Tea.

This trip among other titles, I'm bringing: The Thirteenth Tale, Cutting for Stone, 1000 Autumns and Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack. 

TMI? [Image Can Not Be Found]

 

P.S. last night I watched TED lectures on YouTube with my Nook.

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I think I use the [Image Can Not Be Found] method Yap alludes to above.  I'm up to the Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower V).  I think there are two more to go, but I'll probably listen to something else next, possibly some Michael Moorcock's Elric/Stormbringer, which I've always wanted to get into but never had the time.

 

I've started buying hard-copies of The Dark Tower now, and a good portion of the audio books I have are of hard copies I already own.  I'm always happy to re-visit books I've already read!

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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