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  • Sep 3, 2020

    By Baylee Beck
    Nook is an amazing app to read on and they have so many books, even free ones if you don't want to buy anything. I do wish they had more books though, because sometimes I am looking for something I saw somewhere and can't find it, but it still has an amazing selection and I use this app almost every day!
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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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  • Aug 13, 2020

    By Ghost Train 64-Bit
    The reading experience is fantastic, I love it. I've been reading magazines on it and I love how you can read it like a traditional magazine or like an online article. The app is very smooth, no bugs so far. Although I did find buying Nook books and magazines a little weird. I tried ordering on Barns and Noble but they kept canceling my orders! They also said I'd already spent my gift cards which was jarring but thankfully, that wasn't the case and I'm happily reading as I write this.
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  • So-called Improvements Jan 27, 2019

    By Not So Happy in Atlanta
    I enjoy reading on Nook, but really dislike a couple of the "improvements" that came with the upgrades. The first was a change in the dictionary feature - one can no longer modify a word to look up another, and the second, and much more aggravating, is the change in locating archived books. One used to be able to access all the archived books by simply changing the drop down box in the library to "archive", and there they all were. Now, supposedly, you touch "all titles", then "recent", then "filter" under that, but on my iPad, this does not do anything helpful. It merely gives you recently archived books. It certainly does not give you your entire archived library. I fail to understand why it seems that most upgrades in technology must then become less user friendly and require more step to get what was once easily available. "Irritating" is an understatement!
    more
  • Aug 24, 2020

    By Margaret Horning
    I don't get happy from any app, but I do enjoy having available a book to read anytime. Lots of genres and variety of choices AND you don't have to keep all your books on your device. You can store them in the cloud for retrieval later! Nice!
    more
  • Aug 23, 2020

    By In Rem
    The Nook app is not bad, but it's not that good either. Google has a very comfortable & cozy layout, whereas Nook feels rigid. Google gives you more options to fix the font types, night mode, etc. I also have trouble using the highlighting feature. It at times doesn't highlight what I intend to highlight, & instead jumps to another page & highlights something else. After that, I can't undo it, go back, & highlight what I want to. Some books are missing pages/paragraphs. I'd like to support B&N.
    more
  • 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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  • Jul 18, 2020

    By Jama Bradfield
    I have had two different Nooks, including the Nook original. I had to replace that one because you stopped supporting it, but I had access to my books. Now I have the Glowlight, and it will not connect to ADE nor will it connect to my Mac- and the app will not connect to ADE, either. So, I cannot access my books on my laptop- even in the web browser,-I only get to see 'samples' of the books I have purchased. In essence, if B&N continues to defund Nook, I will not only lose the ability to buy new ebooks- since I cannot put apps on my Nook, but I will also lose the ebooks I have purchased- I am not concerned with the free books as I can replace them on any eBook app. When I contacted customer support, they talked in circles and then told me that all I can do is read them on my Nook or in the App on my phone, but I will not be able to use ADE or save them. I did not rent these books, I purchased them. And now you are telling me that I will not have access to them in any manner that shows I have purchased them. I am not ok with that. When I asked to speak with someone who could help me, I was informed that "B&N can only be contacted through Chat or Customer Service Support" and "we do not have as escalation process through Chat" even though I cannot speak with anyone at the time -as they were informed -due to remote access issues. I have tried to continue to give you my business over the years, and you continue to make it harder.
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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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  • 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

  • Sep 3, 2020

    By Baylee Beck
    Nook is an amazing app to read on and they have so many books, even free ones if you don't want to buy anything. I do wish they had more books though, because sometimes I am looking for something I saw somewhere and can't find it, but it still has an amazing selection and I use this app almost every day!
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • Aug 13, 2020

    By Ghost Train 64-Bit
    The reading experience is fantastic, I love it. I've been reading magazines on it and I love how you can read it like a traditional magazine or like an online article. The app is very smooth, no bugs so far. Although I did find buying Nook books and magazines a little weird. I tried ordering on Barns and Noble but they kept canceling my orders! They also said I'd already spent my gift cards which was jarring but thankfully, that wasn't the case and I'm happily reading as I write this.
    more
  • So-called Improvements Jan 27, 2019

    By Not So Happy in Atlanta
    I enjoy reading on Nook, but really dislike a couple of the "improvements" that came with the upgrades. The first was a change in the dictionary feature - one can no longer modify a word to look up another, and the second, and much more aggravating, is the change in locating archived books. One used to be able to access all the archived books by simply changing the drop down box in the library to "archive", and there they all were. Now, supposedly, you touch "all titles", then "recent", then "filter" under that, but on my iPad, this does not do anything helpful. It merely gives you recently archived books. It certainly does not give you your entire archived library. I fail to understand why it seems that most upgrades in technology must then become less user friendly and require more step to get what was once easily available. "Irritating" is an understatement!
    more
  • Aug 24, 2020

    By Margaret Horning
    I don't get happy from any app, but I do enjoy having available a book to read anytime. Lots of genres and variety of choices AND you don't have to keep all your books on your device. You can store them in the cloud for retrieval later! Nice!
    more
  • 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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  • A small quibble May 14, 2018

    By annefj
    I’ve owned a Nook Color since they first came out, then continued to read on my iPad when it’s battery stopped taking a charge. I now also own a Nook Paperwhite and the problem I have with the device and the app is font size. On my iPad Pro, I can’t get the font size to increase as much as I need for my poor eyesight and on the Paperwhite, the largest font size is so big it seems only a few words fit on the screen, while the next size down isn’t quite large enough. I didn’t have this problem with my original Nook device and seem to remember being able to increase the font size further on the Nook app before it was last updated. This is why I read ebooks nowadays—because the print size on everything else, from books to magazines, is too small. It would be wonderful if an intermediate font size could be provided for the Paperwhite and the ability to further increase font size in the Nook app.
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  • Love nook on Samsung device but HATE the apple version Sep 30, 2017

    By Ananna mouse
    I'm sorry and this says more about apple products than anything else. Everything is very user friendly and harmonious with my samsung devices (note I said devices, as in more than one) but anything I try to do with my apple products is apparently protected by the CIA and NASA. At one point I was even questioning my own existence and security trying to log into my own account. Thinking to myself, "It's me right, that's my name and password." Then after a fingerprint, my password, a hair sample and my second born later, I still can't open the book I paid for (over 5 years ago, yes I'm a re-reader) and am trying to retrieve from the archive 30 minutes later. But if I log onto my phone or computer (not apple products) I can do so and then update my apple device to read my book.
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  • Since last update it’s buggy Mar 2, 2019

    By JShalimar
    I’ve been reading with the iPad app for Nook for several years. It just keeps improving — with the exception of the last update. There’s definitely a bug. I saw a similar review about the Nook failing to keep the last page read and returning to an earlier position. I have had that problem also. Then the other thing is as I open the app, several times the book fails to open and I’m told to restart my device. Actually, I have to close the app and reopen it and then it will be fine. But this is a consistent problem. Not a huge issue, but still annoying. All in all, though, the Nook app is definitely the best book-reading app out there. Hopefully, the developers will correct these latest bugs soon!
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  • Sep 11, 2020

    By Sara Follet
    Uninstalling and reinstalling again so I can get the option to download a pre-order that I have received an email that it is available. I stopped using the shelf feature because it is too time consuming to set them all up each time.
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  • Aug 29, 2020

    By Bryan Lee-Hutchinson
    It was not very intuitive, initially. I had to create a new user id to be able to download any books. After that it was not a bad experience.
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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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  • Aug 6, 2020

    By Crystal Weaver
    Like it but annoyed. So Nook why did you take out the release date of the book? Very annoyed by this. Otherwise I love the app. Goes with me and synced to all devices.
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  • Aug 23, 2020

    By In Rem
    The Nook app is not bad, but it's not that good either. Google has a very comfortable & cozy layout, whereas Nook feels rigid. Google gives you more options to fix the font types, night mode, etc. I also have trouble using the highlighting feature. It at times doesn't highlight what I intend to highlight, & instead jumps to another page & highlights something else. After that, I can't undo it, go back, & highlight what I want to. Some books are missing pages/paragraphs. I'd like to support B&N.
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  • Sep 19, 2020

    By emmanuel fernandez
    i still prefer having the pie chart to change the theme color and font like on apple devices it's 2020 and the app doesn't have this feature it's quite sad
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  • Sep 18, 2020

    By Clever Comment
    I'm unable to format my reviews for the books I've completed and I can't find anything online that helps me solve the problem.
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  • Aug 11, 2020

    By Darryl Perry
    The app needs to sync with the online reader. The app always goes on to settings when i start it up. I want it to go to my recent books when i start up. Oh, and the app doesnt recognize books that I've opened so it doesn't put them in the recent category.
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  • Aug 5, 2020

    By cheryl lockhart
    I don't know what's wrong with this app but the last few books I have bought it skips pages and then when I go back to see if I missed a page I didn't but somewhere that has words missing because when I turn the pages that doesn't make sense The current book I'm reading is by Maggie Hartley Not very happy with the app skipping pages
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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!
    more
  • Jul 18, 2020

    By Jama Bradfield
    I have had two different Nooks, including the Nook original. I had to replace that one because you stopped supporting it, but I had access to my books. Now I have the Glowlight, and it will not connect to ADE nor will it connect to my Mac- and the app will not connect to ADE, either. So, I cannot access my books on my laptop- even in the web browser,-I only get to see 'samples' of the books I have purchased. In essence, if B&N continues to defund Nook, I will not only lose the ability to buy new ebooks- since I cannot put apps on my Nook, but I will also lose the ebooks I have purchased- I am not concerned with the free books as I can replace them on any eBook app. When I contacted customer support, they talked in circles and then told me that all I can do is read them on my Nook or in the App on my phone, but I will not be able to use ADE or save them. I did not rent these books, I purchased them. And now you are telling me that I will not have access to them in any manner that shows I have purchased them. I am not ok with that. When I asked to speak with someone who could help me, I was informed that "B&N can only be contacted through Chat or Customer Service Support" and "we do not have as escalation process through Chat" even though I cannot speak with anyone at the time -as they were informed -due to remote access issues. I have tried to continue to give you my business over the years, and you continue to make it harder.
    more
  • 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!!
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • Sep 8, 2020

    By Kimberley Petersen
    In the last month or so, every time I need to download a preorder book I have to uninstall the app then reinstall. If this continues I will no longer be purchasing books from Barnes and Nobles. This is ridiculous.
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