The Nook Glowlight 3

Another post on a device featuring an eInk screen, how likely is that? I honestly don’t know, but this is another post about such a thing.

I have been an avid buyer of the devices US book giant Barnes & Noble has made under the Nook brand since 2012, when I purchased a Nook Simple Touch. Than, in 2015 (?) I upgraded to a Nook Glowlight Plus which I unfortunately broke a couple weeks ago. Recently, I purchased the latest iteration of Barnes & Noble’s 6″ eInk product: The Nook Glowlight 3.

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Still alive.

Last saturday I finished a writeup on the iPad and its impact on the publishing industry for vocational school. Vocational school? Yeah, in early 2010 I finally realized that my studies in Kiel weren’t going anywhere, and so I quitted doing that and started investigating options. There are always more options than you could have imagined while you were still stuck in your old life, and so I managed to score a traineeship at an important and well known publishing house in Munich. Starting this traineeship was the best decision in my life, yet, even though it’s not yet clear where I will work past July.

But let’s get back to the writeup, it has been fun, even though finishing it has been a little bit stressful, and I would like to extend it a little more, as 15 pages filled with about 6000 words aren’t enough to my liking. In fact I think that this could actually lead to a book – and in the course to that larger text, I will publish little parts of my research here, in english. Thus, I will have to translate myself, but that’s always a good training.

I am really looking forward to reviving this blog, and having worked in the editorial office lately, I will finally deliver the book reviews promised long ago. Stay tuned.

Application Recommendation: pReader Native

There is one big reason besides surfing and gaming that people are interested in tablets: Reading. Be it magazines or books, be it readers or publishing houses, everybody is exited about the new opportunities of digital publishing.

Actually you don´t need a tablet or a special ereader device to read on a mobile device. You can read on your smartphone, too. While there are many options on Android (including the brilliant open source application FBreaderJ) , it boils down to a few on webOS.

One of these applications is the GPLv3 licensed pReader Native ( / PreCentral thread), which is available in Preware (or via webOSQuickInstall). It is a rewrite of the original pReader application (which was homebrew, too), using the PDK features introduced with webOS 1.4.5.

pReader native supports many popular E-Book formats, ePub, eReader (including DRM), PalmDOC + plain text. Installing via Preware shouldn´t be to difficult, if you don´t have Preware yet on your webOS device, get it quick, it´s really worth it.

pReader works nicely. The UI may not be as fancy as the iBooks UI, but the application just works as it should, uses stock webOS UI widgets and thus doesn´t break the look and feel. Settings are plenty, you can set colors and scrolling options – everything I need is there. Reading on the Pre works nicely with pReader Native – because the Pres’ display is bright and has an acceptable pixel density.