Barnes & Nobles eReader is Live…And Sweet
We recently told you that the B&N eReader was launching for WM with a splash screen of ‘coming soon’. Well the day has come! Launching the app now prompts you to install an update that is in fact live. Once installed, you’ll be prompted for your B&N password or you can create a new password/login (but your default web browser will open for this). Once logged in you can go back to the app and you can begin to download 2 free ebooks (only three to choose from:)). Once you choose one it will download it and then you can open the ebook, but more on that in a minute. Tapping on the ebook from the homescreen gives you an overview of the book and even more detail if tapped again (pics below). You can also shop for more ebooks. You are actually again brought to your browser to shop and if you pick a book when you go back to the app you push ‘sync’ and then it appears in your list to download. When you start the app it also auto-syncs. I was testing this on VGA and it did resize (even though I was expecting WVGA only). As far as the reading experience itself – it’s great. It’s actually a lot more readable than I expected. It’s crisp black on white and you can swipe to turn the pages (and you get a little turn page animation). You can adjust all of this in settings as well. If you want to advance a few pages you can tap on the screen and get a slider. Once downside of the web-based method of searching is that it’s the mobile site on your phone so it’s a little harder to navigate the site and I haven’t tested buying an ebook on my PC and syncing to my phone…but I’m sure you guys will:) If you know the book you want to buy though this isn’t an issue.
Want some pics?
I’ve uploaded the application here to XDA.
I found a couple freebies on their site.
“The Dark Tide” by Andrew Gross
“Rides a Dread Legion” by Raymond E. Feist (Good read if you don’t mind the fantasy parts, the author can color a scene very well!)
Also, I much prefer the swipe up/down motion to the right left… even though you’d really be changing the pages right to left in a book, the up/down is easier to do over and over and over.
I am using an Xperia X1 with Windows Moble 6.1. Although this B&N Reader version posted on XDA Developers installs, and even downloads books, it does not respond to any screen touches or button presses. I cannot navigate the book. This is upsetting since I bought a book on B&N last night AFTER trying reading a sample without issue in MobiPocket reader, and the “real” book, the one I purchased, could not be opened in MobiPocket. I’m not one to read books on a laptop, and it looks like that’s the only way, since B&N doesn’t see fit to make a reader version for Windows Mobile.
can anyone tell me which is the best ebook reading app for wm6.1. mail me at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.