I bought a NOOK Simple Touch E-book reader, manufactured by Barnes & Noble. It arrived today and I wanted to start using it immediately for reading my existing E-books, because reading large text from an LCD back-lit screen is horrible.
But, it turns out that my intention to buy an E-book reader, load it with my E-books and start reading was simply too ambitious - too unrealistic! First it must be connected to the Internet via WiFi in order to access B&N's website to register it. This stage cannot be skipped as the device is basically a paperweight without doing it - totally useless.
I do not have WiFi and don't wish to use it anyway due to the health concerns, even though my living space is already flooded with radio pollution from myriad external sources. This means I cannot use the NOOK for anything I intended it for - reading! This was not clear at all in the product descriptions I read or the reviews. I had to basically threaten legal action before the vendor agreed to refund me for the NOOK, including postage. So it’s going back to the shop and I'm left without.
Is this the case with most E-book readers? Surely not!
I had a live discussion with B&N, a copy of which I've pasted below:
they do want to keep track of things.
you may want to look more into this:
for instance, look at this:
Tell Amazon: Books and Libraries Shouldn't Have a Kill Switch
control is the longterm name of the game here and anything that is not open source or 'free' gets you into it.
a good quote to remember:
The most successful exploiter is the one who makes others feel that he or she has their best interests at heart.
Thanks, pradtf. That's a good quote, and links. Very disturbing information.
here's some more disturbing info:
Microsoft is intercepting your stuff and sending it to the NSA (and the CIA and the FBI).
people don't take this stuff seriously because they think it'll all be ok. however, computers are an excellent platform through which to get the goods on someone these days, so if you don't run open software, you really don't know what that program you like is upto behind the scenes. ;)
I am more familiar with kindle than nook. I am guessing you could take it to a library or a restaurant with wifi, register and download your materials, and then read when you are offline.
Not sure if you use a cellphone or smartphone, but many of these have reader apps and or allow you to access accounts such as amazon prime.