Barnes and Noble HD2 eBook Reader Remembers My Old Books

Remember back in 2001 when eBooks were all the rage? That was when Barnes & Noble started selling eBooks that could be read on Tablets, PDA’s, and touch-screen mobile phones using Microsoft Reader. Somewhere along the way, eBooks turned out to be a stupid idea, devices stopped including eBook software, and no one promoted them anymore. Barnes & Noble’s eBook store disappeared into obscurity. Today, however, we see a new Barnes & Noble eBook reader application bundled with the HTC HD2 from T-Mobile! I was pretty surprised when I logged into the BN eReader on the HD2 and noticed 3 eBooks I had downloaded almost 10 years ago instantly became available to me!

The B&N eReader works quite nicely on the HD2. You’ve got a library section that lists the eBooks you’ve bought as well as the ones you’ve already downloaded to your phone. You also have a “Store” button which links you to the BN website which changes its formatting for you device. Settings are available to change the font size/margins and page turning animation. Any of the books that you buy from the phone or desktop website while signed into your BN account, will show up in the BN eReader where you can then download and read them very easily.

Unfortunately, the eReader misses a few nice features we had on eBook readers from the turn of the century. For example, there’s no way to create bookmarks anymore. Nor is there a dictionary lookup for words you don’t understand. I don’t see any audio book support or table of contents links either. At any rate, it’s good to see a resurgence in eBook popularity. I wonder how long it will last this time.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!
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