PROS / This recipe reader provides a full-color touch screen that brings recipes to life.
CONS / The Nook has less memory than the top recipe readers and can only store up to 1,500 books.
VERDICT / The Nook is a unique option for a recipe reader, but not the best.
The Nook from Barnes and Noble competes with eBook readers such as the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader to be a top product in recipe readers. The Nook has created some competition for these other devices, which has encouraged them to step up their game. We chose to rank the Nook in fourth place for recipe readers because unlike the Demy recipe reader, the iPad, and the Kindle, we felt the Nook required more time for users to become accustomed to its navigation design.
This eBook recipe reader is capable of performing all the features a recipe reader should. The only drawback is that it is not built to handle the spills and messes that often occur in the kitchen. The exterior of the Nook is plastic and can be wiped clean of some splashes, but make sure not to let any liquid get into the device.
Barnes and Noble run continual promotions to encourage readers to use the Nook. They provide free in-store WiFi and allow users to access any book and read it for free while in the store. They have also made it possible for users to share their eBooks with their friends. So if you have a recipe you would like to share with friends or family, the Nook makes that task easy and hassle free.
We weren’t able to access a measurement converter or substitutions list from the home screen of our Nook like we were able to do using the Demy recipe reader. We were able to adjust the font size so that we could conveniently see the screen and follow the recipe from a number of angles while we continued to gather ingredients. The Nook also provides users with the ability to upload personal recipes and create a file or directory tree for organizational purposes.
Ease of Use
Although people usually get excited that the Nook offers a touch screen, it is a feature that we would be willing to go without. The touch screen navigation on the Nook is quite different from what you would expect. Instead of touching the screen to select the book that you would like to view, you must use arrows to scroll to the book and highlight it before you can press the select button to view it. The navigation, although different, is easy once you have gotten used to it.
Help & Support
The Barnes and Noble website has a list of resources for Nook users. Barnes and Noble has created tutorials, a page of frequently asked questions, a user guide, a user forum, and an email and phone number to contact the customer support team. We highly recommend each of these resources and suggest that users walk through the guides as they begin using their Nook.
When we contacted the customer support team via email we received a response three days later. For more immediate support you can call their toll-free phone number and reach a representative in less than 15 minutes. The customer support representatives we contacted were able to answer all of our questions. Although they were not completely familiar with the Nook, they found the answers that we were seeking.
We also visited the user forum, which is called Nook General Discussion. It is broken up into sections and allows users to have discussions regarding the Nook. We found a lot of information packed into the discussions and enjoyed reading the comments and reviews that other users left.
The Nook is one of the top eBook readers and recipe readers available today. It functions well as a recipe reader and provides cooks with a great alternative to a kitchen-specific choice. It not only provides the ability to view recipes but also an assortment of eBooks at any time and anywhere you happen to be. Although the Nook is a great alternative to the Demy recipe reader, if you are looking for something specifically for your kitchen, we suggest that you check out the Demy recipe reader.
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