Fun with my “Hacked” Nook

Practicing with my “Android” reader, I have downloaded the Olive Tree Reader, along with the Cadre Bible. Both allow me to have downloaded Bibles so I don’t need to be connected to wifi.

While I am still getting used to electronic Bible reading, it is more useful for taking notes within the text. The Olive Tree Reader is easier to make quick notes within the text, but both programs allow me to sync all my textnotes to Evernote. Evernote creates a file for the Olive Tree Reader or the Cadre Bible and then I can file them where I want after they have synced. It gives me a permanent place to place my notes outside the readers.

It’s a slow process for me. I still like the printed page. Yet, I am getting a bit more used to taking quick notes this way. (What I would like is to find a bluetooth keyboard that can make it that much easier to take notes on my Nook.)

The Challenge of the Digital Age

My experiment with turning the Nook into a Droid tablet has been a lot of fun. I now have much more than an e-reader. Getting productivity out of something that costs quite of bit of money is important for me.

But the digital age has its glitches.

I learned to download Bible readers that don’t need internet connections because I began my teaching schedule and the wifi at the college was very uneven in giving me connectivity. But the other day, that still didn’t save me. Just when I think I have really achieved, and I’m reading the Bible from a tablet, looking all “cutting edge” (but not really, since it isn’t an iPad), for some reason the tablet decides it needs to REBOOT while I’m trying to read a Bible passage in my class.

There are times when it’s all I can do to keep myself from chucking something out the window and go searching for a print Bible, a legal pad, and a ball point pen…

Nook Reader on Android

Yesterday a friend set up my Nook to be an android tablet. He has been overcome with power and is now hacking anything he can get his hands on. (You should see a hacked toaster. It makes great waffles now.)

But as to the Nook reader, I like the app better! The page turn function is more animated PLUS you can turn the Nook sideways and the text will turn. The regular Nook wouldn’t do that.

Getting far more functionality out of the Nook with the Android hack is a great discovery to this point.

Looky, Looky, What I Can Do With My Nooky

Okay, that just doesn’t sound right.

None the less, I am getting hooked on Nook. (Barnes and Noble, PAY ATTENTION! I am your marketing guru and I am angling for free ebooks!)

I did get a Nook for Father’s Day and I know I am way behind the curve. Anyone with an Ipad would just yawn as I sit in awe with what I can do with this Nook Color. However, it’s new to me and I’m having a great time. This is the first time I’ve ever tried to put music on any kind of device and the Nook works for me because it is extremely portable, yet handy. It’s not the microscopic Ipod nano or shuffle. I can actually handle this thing.

Not only that, while I am listening to music, I can be reading my book.

I downloaded the Common English Bible onto the Nook for two purposes. First, I wanted to read the full translation and they’ve already released it on epub. Print copies are still months out. Second, I wanted to play around with highlighting and notes on the Nook. It’s a hassle, but it’s not as big a hassle as I anticipated. To highlight a word it takes some precision, which my fat fingers don’t have. However, enlarging the text can help. Typing notes into the highlighted area is easier than I anticipated.

As I noted before, I use Evernote and the Nook has an app for that. It allows me to keep my notes together, update them, and make sure they are always synced up.

This has been a fun device. I’m NOT downloading Angry Birds, though. I get addicted to games, so I’m keeping away from those addictions!