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Color Nook Coming Soon?

Nook Color

On this picture leaked to the web a touchscreen color nook appears to be revealed by an overzealous screen protector,  up till now Barnes & Noble’s has done a good job in keeping the supposed and rumored 3rd generation device from public eyes until now,  This undated picture discovered by CNET shows a button-less impressing good looking device but doesn’t tell much about the features; soon after discovered by CNET and published by a third party the picture was removed from the Barnes & Noble’s site but CNET managed to make a copy of it.

Perhaps releasing this new generation Nook is what Barnes and Noble was thinking by registering the nookcolor.com domain. Then again, “Nook Color” is the name rumored for B&N’s new 7-inch color touchscreen device said to cost a mere $249.

For someone like me who just bought an e-reader a few months ago this will be hard to swallow, oh why didn’t I wait a little longer? I don’t know why but since day one when I got my Nook the first thing that came to my mind was: “shame it’s not a color screen”, it would always be nice to read The New York Times and PC Magazine in full color you know, that’s technology’s pace right there eat it techno people, we buy the latest gadget today and a month later it is old news.

Update: And it came true, B & N has officially announced the Nook Color on their website, Check it out!

Got My Nook

Nook Got my Nook 3 weeks ago, I wanted to use it for a bit before making a review, so far I must say that I love my Nook, aside from a couple of things I will detail in just seconds, everything just works as expected, this thing feels nice on your hand, not too heavy not too light, it feels just like holding a book.

There are thousands of free eBooks on the internet, including the latest bestsellers! so it is nice to be able to obtain all those books I have been thinking about buying for a while and just having them ready at no cost for reading at my own pace, there are literally hundreds of sites where you can find free eBooks.

One thing I have noticed is that the Nook (and I think eReaders in general) manage to bring us back to the habit of reading books, with the advancement of the internet and so many connected devices these days, it is easy to spend hours looking at a computer, laptop, notebook iphone etc screen entertaining ourselves with new information, eReaders make it easy for us to satisfy our hunger for new information without the eyestrain that comes along with those other methods, the Nook is a great device, in my opinion the best eReader out there,

Just to make it better Barnes & Noble pushed Software 1.3 to the device a few weeks ago, this upgrade fixed a few things that were not working very nicely, besides stability improvements the update added a few new features such as in-store-reading, games and a web browser.

Some people have complained about long boot up times, that’s true ONLY if you totally turn off your nook, by default it has a sleep mode where it can go to sleep or wakeup in just half a second.

The only things I would like to see improved is the fact that you cannot yet go directly to a specific page on your documents, (Though you can bookmark any page for quick access) but I’m sure that will soon be added, it’s not that hard to implement, I would also like to see ways to zoom in or out in .pdf documents.

Oh don’t forget to download and install the Calibre eBook Manager  to sync and manage content on your Nook!”

One Hundred Years Of Solitude

Cien Anios De Soledad Yes; so late, I finished reading this treasure, “Cien años de soledad” as it is known in its original language, and I must say that it is for sure one of the best novels ever written, and must definitely the best work in modern Spanish literature; and I don’t say: “so late” because it was at a late hour of the day that I finished reading it, but because it was so late in life I decided to read it, I should have done it years ago; this book can certainly change one’s way to look at many things once you’ve read it.

 Gabriel Garcia Marquez work is studied in universities across the world and is no surprise to me as its “magical realism” (as his style is commonly known) involves you from the start to the very end of this book, it is highly original, imaginative, and unprecedented. One of the most charming qualities of this book is that you can pick it up and allow it to fall open at any random page, read that one page only, and still enjoy it for the imagery, the sheer beauty with which everything is described and narrated.

The novel acquires so much momentum and strength at the very end with its monumental and surprising ending! Gabriel Garcia Marques certainly took his time writing the last pages of his work to create a masterpiece finish really fitting his great novel; there’s so much I could say; I could write pages about the quality and literary value of this work but you must see for yourself, If you like reading do not, I repeat DO NOT die without reading it. (that’s the advice a friend gave me about the book and I really must thank him because he could not be more right)

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