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Barnes & Noble’s award-winning book discovery and digital reading experience.

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  • Search not working Oct 10, 2020

    By Bated aggravate
    Wont let me search for a book/author not sure if it’s a bug with the program or what but it just started. I was able to search not even an hour or two ago. Still great app love the convenience. Not working on iPad or mobile. I have been using this app for a while now and recently today I’ve had problems using the search bar on both my iPad and Mobile. I tried everything I could think of and thought the best thing to do was delete it off one device. I deleted it from my mobile device and re downloaded the app. Upon login I couldn’t view any of my books. When I tried going to the website it said I didn’t have any there either. Upon looking on my iPad I did have all the books still on that device Only. I’m unsure if this is a glitch or bug or anything but I like having the app on both devices because, obviously, I do not always carry my iPad with me. I would very much appreciate it if these issues could be looked at. It is also no longer appearing online when I log in there I have no idea what happened but nothing is on my devices and Ik I have purchased multiple books with barns and noble I can’t get any help fixing this problem I am over seas and can not call nor do I have access to get help from them. The only proof I have that I got these books are on my iPad.
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  • Not happy with the new update! Dec 13, 2018

    By JAMarsh65
    Before the update you could see the cover of all the books you had available to read in your library. Now you have to scroll through either by author or title and click on each to see them. Of course you can see recent ones that way, but I want to see all my books like it was before. Plus I have to do this with all my archived books also which takes forever if you can’t remember who wrote it or the exact title. I do not understand why they had to change that aspect of the app. Bring that option back, please!! Ok, they let me know I could view them that way by title or most recent, which is good, but why take away the choice by author? For those of us that read a lot this seems like a crazy change to make, this is a reading app after all, anything available in title should be available in author also(the same format). So, still no 5 stars because of that. Don’t understand why you changed that option:( Thank you for listening and adding back the choice to search by author or title with the book cover. I am very happy!! You get your 5 stars back:)
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  • Feb 14, 2021

    By Lee Kass
    I like and use it often, even though it's buggy. Books just close themselves while reading them. Sometimes this happens over and over again.
  • Alright performance, gets the job done. Dec 11, 2019

    By minttoann
    I used to have a Nook, but abandoned it after I saw that the App Store's nook app is better than the Nook itself. There's not as much lagging with page turn animations, it's more stable, the different color schemes look better, overall it's just better. Now I've also tried the Kindle app, and what really sells me on the Nook is the book stacking feature. I own Piers Anthony's series "Xanth" which is currently 34 books and running, and it definitely helps to have all those Xanth books in an automatic collapsable folder. Now some book series are filed under slightly different series names so you have a series split into 2 folders, but I see less and less of them with each update. Unless you're designing your own ebook reading app, I believe Nook is the best out there. 2019 update: Overall impressions unchanged. Nook has continued with quality of life and stability updates while Kindle on iOS lags behind. Series breaking greatly reduced. I don’t believe any in my current library suffer this issue. Kindle is no longer an option for me, even with Amazon’s occasional sales.
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  • Feb 20, 2021

    By Carolyn Gordon
    Much more stable than the Kindle app in my experience. It will get 5 stars when it supports my 2-screen android device better.
  • Feb 16, 2021

    By Richard Lagh
    I've been using the Nook App for a few years now and liked it, But lately when I purchase a new book it will not automatically down-load to my Samsung Tablet. Having to re-install the app and then re-download all the books. This is getting to be a pain. Please fix.
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  • Frustrating, riddled with bugs, counterintuitive Jun 20, 2019

    By KA Jiang
    I used to love my nook app - it was easy to use for all ages. There have been so many unnecessary changes rolled out so poorly that no one in the family wants to use their nooks because the app keeps changing, is counterintuitive, and frustrating - they’ve all downloaded kindle instead, and have asked me to simply buy paper books. Problems include: I can’t sort my archive - while it appears as an option in another family member’s profile, my profile does not have that option. With more than 400 books in my archive, it’s extremely difficult to find the books I want to read. Even if I know the author and exact title, the search function does not call up books we know are in the archive - they appear when I scroll through the archive, but not in search. Additionally, here’s the most ironic bug: the send feedback/report a bug feature doesn’t work - you can type, but the “send” button is grayed out and unavailable. Every time there’s an update I have to spend several hours scouring the FAQs to see if they took away functions or if we’re just seeing a bug, then analyze whose profile and account works correctly, then try it figure out why some family members have x function but others don’t. EVERY update at least one family member’s account or profile has a bug; and now, to even report the sorting bug, I had to go into one of my kids’ profiles since I couldn’t!
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  • Getting better but still needs work Jan 3, 2019

    By Too old to tap
    When I started this review, I was more glad (see next paragraph) than I am now. Every update seems to decrease function and, today, no txt appears for any book I open. I may be finished trying to make it work. Sorry I recently purchased several new titles! Glad to have Nook on my iPad but wish maneuvering through the app wasn't so clunky. Not close to ease of Nook device but still better than earlier version. Why the app can't let you purchase but the device can is unfathomable. Other reviewers have mentioned the inconsistent sync function which appears to have gotten worse: why can't you fix this? Your tech support doesn't take the time to read the question being asked and makes useless, futile suggestions. Had thought I wouldn't change because I have too many titles to use different one, today's experience may have convinced me to move on. My final comment relates to the inability to utilize coupons for Nook purchases. The price fixing on e-books is a disgrace. The only advantage is portability and it does not outweigh the cost differential and the inability to lend any book I own to anyone I wish. Technology has bypassed common sense again!!
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  • Feb 8, 2021

    By Debra Beebe
    Can't get the app to function on my phone. It will not update my purchess and gives me a error message.
  • HATE the changes. Nov 14, 2018

    By Jv wijrvberuifnjeornfojer
    The layout is overly complicated and annoying. The app deletes books from the device without permission. The “recent reads” are books I read three years ago and I have to dig for the actual book I am reading every time. Detail vs cover view does not toggle for the library list, only for shelves which I consider a waste of time and don’t use. The registered devices no longer show up on my account on the site either. It has become annoying enough that I have been using Kindle more and more, and the only books I have gotten through B&N in ages were from gift certificates people gave me. Also, downloads take forever. Kindle books, even illustrated ones, are ready to go in under a minute, usually in fifteen seconds or less. This thing is taking two to five per book, occasionally longer. Is it because it is updating all those stupid preview samples in the store first? It sounds silly, but when you are in a hurry to leave and the app has taken all the books off yet again, it adds to the frustration considerably to have to stand there and wait for the download to finish. If I could get the books I own from b&n into the kindle app I would pitch the nook app for good.
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  1. Incredibly vast library of over 4,000,000 eBooks, magazines and more
  2. Personalize it! Change font styles and background colors, share items across social media and organize Library into custom collections
  3. Unique Zoom View™ gives you the all-immersive, guided tour through your reading experience

Reviewed by Laura S on February 8, 2018

  • Search not working Oct 10, 2020

    By Bated aggravate
    Wont let me search for a book/author not sure if it’s a bug with the program or what but it just started. I was able to search not even an hour or two ago. Still great app love the convenience. Not working on iPad or mobile. I have been using this app for a while now and recently today I’ve had problems using the search bar on both my iPad and Mobile. I tried everything I could think of and thought the best thing to do was delete it off one device. I deleted it from my mobile device and re downloaded the app. Upon login I couldn’t view any of my books. When I tried going to the website it said I didn’t have any there either. Upon looking on my iPad I did have all the books still on that device Only. I’m unsure if this is a glitch or bug or anything but I like having the app on both devices because, obviously, I do not always carry my iPad with me. I would very much appreciate it if these issues could be looked at. It is also no longer appearing online when I log in there I have no idea what happened but nothing is on my devices and Ik I have purchased multiple books with barns and noble I can’t get any help fixing this problem I am over seas and can not call nor do I have access to get help from them. The only proof I have that I got these books are on my iPad.
    more
  • Not happy with the new update! Dec 13, 2018

    By JAMarsh65
    Before the update you could see the cover of all the books you had available to read in your library. Now you have to scroll through either by author or title and click on each to see them. Of course you can see recent ones that way, but I want to see all my books like it was before. Plus I have to do this with all my archived books also which takes forever if you can’t remember who wrote it or the exact title. I do not understand why they had to change that aspect of the app. Bring that option back, please!! Ok, they let me know I could view them that way by title or most recent, which is good, but why take away the choice by author? For those of us that read a lot this seems like a crazy change to make, this is a reading app after all, anything available in title should be available in author also(the same format). So, still no 5 stars because of that. Don’t understand why you changed that option:( Thank you for listening and adding back the choice to search by author or title with the book cover. I am very happy!! You get your 5 stars back:)
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  • Alright performance, gets the job done. Dec 11, 2019

    By minttoann
    I used to have a Nook, but abandoned it after I saw that the App Store's nook app is better than the Nook itself. There's not as much lagging with page turn animations, it's more stable, the different color schemes look better, overall it's just better. Now I've also tried the Kindle app, and what really sells me on the Nook is the book stacking feature. I own Piers Anthony's series "Xanth" which is currently 34 books and running, and it definitely helps to have all those Xanth books in an automatic collapsable folder. Now some book series are filed under slightly different series names so you have a series split into 2 folders, but I see less and less of them with each update. Unless you're designing your own ebook reading app, I believe Nook is the best out there. 2019 update: Overall impressions unchanged. Nook has continued with quality of life and stability updates while Kindle on iOS lags behind. Series breaking greatly reduced. I don’t believe any in my current library suffer this issue. Kindle is no longer an option for me, even with Amazon’s occasional sales.
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  • Will Not Keep My Place Feb 22, 2019

    By Vineyardtim
    I like Barnes and Noble. I’ve been a faithful customer for twenty five years. And I used to like the Nook App. But this new version is frustrating to the point of not being worth using anymore. Since the update, the app doesn’t keep my place in the book I’m reading. It freezes on one page in a book and returns to that page every time, no matter how far past the page I’ve read. If I turn the iPad, instead of changing orientation to landscape or portrait, it take me back to the page it’s stuck on. If I close the app or go to the library, when I return to the book it takes me back to the page. At this point I have to write down the page number to search for it or scroll for some time until I get to where I left off. I tried bookmarking the page, but it also clears the bookmark whenever I turn the iPad or get out of the book. It also isn’t syncing across devices. The updated app was supposed to make reading and keeping your place easier. It does the opposite. Very disappointing.
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  • Very poor customer service Oct 10, 2020

    By hacienda57
    Buyer beware. So after who knows how many years of using the nook app, i can tell you i have downloaded 411 nook books from Barnes and Noble i finally got royally scr**** . I ordered a new book and it got stuck in permanent processing. Called customer support and was told their system was undergoing maintenance. Very well, i asked them to cancel my order. Was told they couldn’t as the order was “ already in processing” i stated the obvious, “how can it be in process if the system is undergoing maintenance”? They also couldn’t specify how long the maintenance would last. So, the upshot is i could have my nook book in 10 minutes, or 10 days, OR i could roll out to my local B&N which is 20 mins away and buy the paperback at the same price. Kind of defeats the online purpose i feel. I would have thought i could have gotten a pop up warning about the maintenance and my order could take longer than normal but I guess we all know why THAT didn’t actually happen.
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  • Feb 20, 2021

    By Carolyn Gordon
    Much more stable than the Kindle app in my experience. It will get 5 stars when it supports my 2-screen android device better.
  • Feb 5, 2021

    By Jim Bell
    The app had some issues but they've been resolved. I have always liked the UI on this app, easy to use and easy on the eye.
  • APP Support needs improvement Aug 20, 2017

    By Nemo Software Engineer
    I have had few problems with the app and I am relatively sure the they are acting on crashes that generate dump data but when I run into non-crash problems: there have been two recently (1) portion of text after end line hyphenation not displaying for certain font sizes, and (2) app freeze to an unresponsive colored screen that I had to reload the app to clear, the responses I get from support are canned. Yes, for most users it might be what they need to clear the problem but I already said I fixed the problem. I am giving information about the problem, for (1) how the app developers can reproduce it, and for (2) everything I tried and failed to clear the problem and as much information about the circumstances and behavior I can gleam. I have been a software engineer longer than probably any of the app developers have been alive and I know the importance of information rather than a simple it's broke or doesn't work. However, I do not get any feeling that my support e-mails are leading to to any bug investigation or fixes.
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  • Losing all my books Mar 22, 2018

    By Waldo32
    I am absolutely sick and tired of the Nook app suddenly deciding I am running a little too low on disk space for its own comfort (2.26 GB available) and removing the books from my device and making me download them again. STUPID. No other app does this to me. So, on multiple occasions, I open my Nook app because I’m in the middle of no where (meaning “NO INTERNET ACCESS”) and low & behold ... all my books are gone. My books are the most important item on my iPad ... more than my music, movies, etc. I sure wish Barnes & Noble agreed with me, but obviously not. Nook really, really needs a switch where I can select “NEVER REMOVE A BOOK FROM THIS DEVICE WITHOUT MY EXPLICIT PERMISSION. I AM AN ADULT AND FULLY AWARE OF THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF MY DECISION.” If this is something Apple forced on you, that would be good to know too. Please get this fixed. I’m tired of lugging around a semi-useful paper weight when I’m traveling in remote areas. BTW, it’s also a pain to keep re-downloading my books over and over.
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  • Feb 7, 2021

    By Dee Peterson
    All of a sudden I can no longer download new books even if they were pre-ordered. The help says to tap on the circle in the top right corner to synch my device. There is no circle in the top right corner. They need to update their app. Otherwise I love it and use it all the time
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  • Feb 14, 2021

    By Lee Kass
    I like and use it often, even though it's buggy. Books just close themselves while reading them. Sometimes this happens over and over again.
  • Feb 4, 2021

    By Monica Wilkinson
    I saved the app to the SD card, but that caused the app to continually crash. I moved it back to internal storage and now it works. Might have to delete it as my internal storage is almost full. Kindle and Google Books work fine saved to SD card. Wish Nook would.
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  • I like it fine Aug 4, 2018

    By Tinuvieljb
    Overall, I am happy with the app. I don’t have a Nook, and since I cannot buy directly from the Kindle App, I use this one. The prices are fair. I have two complaints. The first is the the formatting is a little wonky at the top of the page. The first line of text is often imposed on top of the header section. It doesn’t make it impossible to read, but it is annoying. The second complaint is that the app doesn’t have an easy way to access bookmarks. I have had times when the app has closed and won’t open immediately to my last bookmark. I have to think back to the last chapter I remember seeing a number or title for and then scroll to find my bookmark. It would be nice if there was a option in the task bar of seeing a list of the bookmarks that had been placed or some quick way of accessing that information.
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  • Good ebook reader for Nook fans, but app has some bugs Aug 2, 2019

    By Gnorb
    If you’re a Barnes and Noble Nook device user, this app is a no-brained, especially if you read graphic novels. For regular books, it has a lot of great background and font color settings, making it one of the more comfortable apps to use. But there are some bugs to note which will affect your experience. First, the app will sometimes reopen your book at the last page instead of your current page. I’ve only seen this with graphic novels, but it happens frequently enough. Also the page flipping sometimes gets stuck if you accidentally touch the screen with two fingers on opposite sides of the screen. The only solution is to kill and relaunch the app, which sometimes leads to the first bug mentioned. Also, the app is supposed to be able to be used to open local EPUB files, but it fails to do so now. It used to do this without issue. Finally, it seems notes don’t always update between nook and iOS devices. That might not be a bug, but it feels that way. One additional suggestion is to introduce scrolling view, like Apple Books. This is great for smaller devices like the iPhone SE, and useful in all devices. All in all, I like the app, but dint love it for the above reasons.
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  • Disastrous nook application and poor support Oct 27, 2020

    By vsthotep
    I find the nook for iPad application to be a disaster. I am a doctoral student (currently working on my dissertation) as well as an adjunct professor. I have approximately 268 books on my iPad via the nook app. Most of the books are extremely crucial for my class room lectures. They also contain valuable information necessary to complete my dissertation. I have been unable to gain access to these books for 3 & 1/2 weeks. I feel so vulnerable and traumatized by the experience. I feel like the poor student whose term paper has been eaten by the dog. However, in this case, the nook application is the dog. I have spent countless hours reaching out to the Barnes and Nobles nook support team with very little success. Students BEWARE!!! and don’t use this application for any important class room assignments.
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  • Dec 5, 2020

    By Tricia Cava
    I have used this app for many years, on many devices. But now that I have a new device I can't see all my books. Out of the 60+ books I have I can only see 5 and thats only because I just bought them. I have called 3 times and was told you were having technical issues that you were working on and to keep refreshing the library, which is what I have been doing for 2 months and still nothing!! I am really aggravated at the fact I can't see my books to read them after all the money i've spent!!!
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  • Keeps Crashing (Update) Jul 22, 2020

    By Yazbrat_2710
    I don’t know what happened. The app was working fine yesterday, but I’ve tried opening it on my phone and iPad, and it keeps crashing. Deleted, downloaded again, restarted devices, and it still didn’t work. A couple UE things: 1. I think it’d be really beneficial to be able to purchase books from the app, at least specifically for the Nook. It’s annoying to have to go online when it’d be more convenient on the app. Plus, the B&N app isn’t great either. 2. The highlighting feature could be better. I’ve tried playing with the dictionary, and wanted to look up random words, but I couldn’t get the highlighter to work properly. I DO LIKE that viewing options are fairly customizable. Makes reading a bit more fun and personal to the user. I love B&N, so I want to keep the Nook app; just gotta fix a couple things or it to be great. Everything said above was a problem about 2 weeks ago. Tried opening the app to see if the crashing problem was fixed just now, and sure enough it was!... until the app logged me out, erased my library once I was able to log back in, and then started crashing all over again. Could’ve sworn “fixing bugs” includes no crashing. Plus, my digital library disappeared. Not a happy camper.
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  • Cannot Log In Anymore Dec 22, 2020

    By 123:::::&&&@@@@""""""
    I was signed in to the nook app and had just purchased two new books online. I waited for them to refresh in the app and they did not so I followed the troubleshooting instructions on B&N. This created a whole host of new issues resulting in the app crashing and me not being able to sign in. I get an error message now on BOTH my iPhone and iPad apps that says “Check Internet Connection: the request timed out”. I have hard reset both devices, uninstalled and reinstalled the app and nothing works. My internet is fine and works on everything except the nook app. There is no support for this. I cannot email them about the app apparently and the phone hold is forever and they had nothing for me. This is unacceptable. I cannot access ANY of my books that I’ve purchased.
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  • Add Buy Book Function Sep 11, 2017

    By DogLover63
    Nook needs to add the ability to buy books through this app. B&N would sell a lot more books this way. Much easier and more convenient. Also would be nice if the Nook App would indicate what books are unread (New) and what books are read. This is a feature on the actual nook that I love. Actual nook also moved all books that you've read to the bottom of the list and left the unread books on top. All the newly downloaded books on the actual nook were marked as NEW books and stayed marked that way till the books were opened and read. That way, you knew if you've read the book or not. Pretty handy feature when you have over a 1000 books in your library. Nook App doesn't do that.
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  • Like....do you want to make money ....or...? Aug 15, 2017

    By nightdancer342
    I do not understand why you are unable to purchase e-books off of this app. You have to go to the Barnes and nobles store website to buy books for the app... it's extra work and people will abandon this for Kindle which lets you just buy it as you see it. A lot of buying has to do with impulse so you're sort of making people think "ehhh do i really want it" if they have to go the extra mile to go off the app, load up to the normal site and go searching for the book again and logging in there, etc. This is a terrible strategy B&N!!! The rest of the app is fine, no complaints...but come on. Let me buy books from the app or at least send me to a direct link to the website!!
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  • Feb 16, 2021

    By Richard Lagh
    I've been using the Nook App for a few years now and liked it, But lately when I purchase a new book it will not automatically down-load to my Samsung Tablet. Having to re-install the app and then re-download all the books. This is getting to be a pain. Please fix.
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  • Frustrating, riddled with bugs, counterintuitive Jun 20, 2019

    By KA Jiang
    I used to love my nook app - it was easy to use for all ages. There have been so many unnecessary changes rolled out so poorly that no one in the family wants to use their nooks because the app keeps changing, is counterintuitive, and frustrating - they’ve all downloaded kindle instead, and have asked me to simply buy paper books. Problems include: I can’t sort my archive - while it appears as an option in another family member’s profile, my profile does not have that option. With more than 400 books in my archive, it’s extremely difficult to find the books I want to read. Even if I know the author and exact title, the search function does not call up books we know are in the archive - they appear when I scroll through the archive, but not in search. Additionally, here’s the most ironic bug: the send feedback/report a bug feature doesn’t work - you can type, but the “send” button is grayed out and unavailable. Every time there’s an update I have to spend several hours scouring the FAQs to see if they took away functions or if we’re just seeing a bug, then analyze whose profile and account works correctly, then try it figure out why some family members have x function but others don’t. EVERY update at least one family member’s account or profile has a bug; and now, to even report the sorting bug, I had to go into one of my kids’ profiles since I couldn’t!
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  • Getting better but still needs work Jan 3, 2019

    By Too old to tap
    When I started this review, I was more glad (see next paragraph) than I am now. Every update seems to decrease function and, today, no txt appears for any book I open. I may be finished trying to make it work. Sorry I recently purchased several new titles! Glad to have Nook on my iPad but wish maneuvering through the app wasn't so clunky. Not close to ease of Nook device but still better than earlier version. Why the app can't let you purchase but the device can is unfathomable. Other reviewers have mentioned the inconsistent sync function which appears to have gotten worse: why can't you fix this? Your tech support doesn't take the time to read the question being asked and makes useless, futile suggestions. Had thought I wouldn't change because I have too many titles to use different one, today's experience may have convinced me to move on. My final comment relates to the inability to utilize coupons for Nook purchases. The price fixing on e-books is a disgrace. The only advantage is portability and it does not outweigh the cost differential and the inability to lend any book I own to anyone I wish. Technology has bypassed common sense again!!
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  • Feb 8, 2021

    By Debra Beebe
    Can't get the app to function on my phone. It will not update my purchess and gives me a error message.
  • HATE the changes. Nov 14, 2018

    By Jv wijrvberuifnjeornfojer
    The layout is overly complicated and annoying. The app deletes books from the device without permission. The “recent reads” are books I read three years ago and I have to dig for the actual book I am reading every time. Detail vs cover view does not toggle for the library list, only for shelves which I consider a waste of time and don’t use. The registered devices no longer show up on my account on the site either. It has become annoying enough that I have been using Kindle more and more, and the only books I have gotten through B&N in ages were from gift certificates people gave me. Also, downloads take forever. Kindle books, even illustrated ones, are ready to go in under a minute, usually in fifteen seconds or less. This thing is taking two to five per book, occasionally longer. Is it because it is updating all those stupid preview samples in the store first? It sounds silly, but when you are in a hurry to leave and the app has taken all the books off yet again, it adds to the frustration considerably to have to stand there and wait for the download to finish. If I could get the books I own from b&n into the kindle app I would pitch the nook app for good.
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