How to tell what you have finished reading and/or started?



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    Oliver
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    Question How to tell what you have finished reading and/or started?

    Hi all,

    Perhaps I have missed something obvious, so please bear with me. I have a Nook that I have loaded up with books from various sources. Some B&N, some from elsewhere. Mostly epub format.
    I have over 200 books on my device. My issue is that I cannot always remember which ones I started and then set aside intending to finish reading later, or whether I finished the book, or which one I left off on in a multi-book series. So far, all I can figure to do is open each item and see where it lands. If it lands on the last page, then I know I have finished it. If it lands on page 43 of 300, then I know I only started reading it.

    Needless to say, it is extremely inconvenient and time-consuming to open each book in order to know its status. My girlfriend has a competitor's e-reader, the one that starts with a K, and each of her book thumbnails displays a number or % in the lower right-hand corner showing you how much of it has been read. So, you can scroll through the books and easily see at a glance the status of each item. Very convenient.

    Does the Nook really not offer something similar??? I have scoured help pages and googled and even asked on Nook facebook pages, but have not found anything.

    Comments please?

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    Oliver
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    So, 40 views so far and nobody knows of a way? Can it be there there is not any way to do this?

    As a person who used to work in IT and had input to various software user interfaces, I find this omission on the part of the Nook team somewhat stunning. It means they really didn't consider usability much beyond how the page looks on the screen.

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    This is an interesting question, one that I never really thought about. I'm not quite sure why this would be a problem...I put my books in folders and (although somewhat cumbersome) I shift them around as needed. I have a partially read folder, a delete folder, etc. Although the idea of % read is intriguing. Archiving is also a way to save good books. I'm sure you have thought of all this. I'm thinking that you just like the quick view that the competitor has.... I personally have never tried other e-Readers, so don't know what I'm missing

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    Thanks for the response!

    It did not occur to me to make folders and do it that way. I do a fair bit of file management coincidental to my work, so I know how, but I didn't even know I could make a folder on the Nook. Digging through multiple locations is not terribly appealing, though I suppose it could work. I had this apparently nutty idea that I could scroll through my books much like I would when scanning a bookshelf, and that I might be treated to some helpful meta-data as I did so. Seeing my gal's K***dle only fueled that desire. I searched high and low to see if I could find something else to enable or turn on, but there wasn't anything, it seems. For that matter, I couldn't find a way to make my library thumbnails and text large enough to be easy for my aging eyes to read easily, either. Book text yes, Library listing... can't find a setting for it.

    I end up with lots of books that are parts of a series and it gets hard to keep track of where I am at in the series or thinking I should go see if a new installment has been published.

    FWIW, even though I posted in the Original Nook folder, mine is actually a Glowlight Plus, but I failed to find a forum for it. I like how it displays the book pages very much, so they did get that right. I really did NOT want to feed the 800 lb. gorilla with my ereader purchase so that pushed me toward B&N. At the time, the Glowlight Plus was the only waterproof/resistant ereader that I could find, and I wanted to be able to take it on camping trips and whatnot without having to take extreme protective measures.

    So, here I am, still reading every day on my Nook, wishing the software were better.

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    I have a Nook Glowlight, I adjust the font size ALL THE TIME! Especially at the end of the day/evening my eyes are more tired so voila, increase the font. It doesn't matter whether it is a book I've purchased or something I get from the library... I have lots of books that are in a series and so I make folders (Nook calls them "My Shelves") for them. When I purchase a book it automatically goes into the "All My Items". I then find it and I give it a long tap/hold (not a light tap, that opens it to read) and it opens a dialogue box giving me choices (like Add to Shelf, or Archive, etc). I then put it into any "Shelf" that I have already created. I also have lots of "single" books that are just listed alphabetically. Like you, I chose Nook because I did not want to 'support' the competition.

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