Another improvement was the availability of Web browser. Nook's Web browsing, in my opinion, works well, but is slower and less easy to use than surfing on a PC. However, once readers get to the html e-book reading is very like the reading experience of e-books loaded onto the Nook. The advantage of reading with the Web browser is that thousands of e-books become available to read on the Nook without spending time to convert them to epub format for loading on the Nook and this also saves Nook flash-drive space. The disadvantage is that reading html e-books on the Web requires being connect to Internet with WiFi. And running the WiFi connection eat battery power.
Recommended Web sites for reading html e-books
Since Nook's Web browser is controlled with the small touch screen at the bottom 1/5th of the Nook, the display of e-books dramatically affects the ease of use, e.g., turning pages. Scrolling down a long page is easier than clicking links on the touch screen to go to the next page. Page-turning links close to the bottom of the text are easier to reach than links way off to the side. The following Web sites offer a large selection of html e-books; the e-books have long scrolling pages, e.g.., whole chapters are displayed as one Web page; page-turning links are near the text for easy clicking.
- Classic Reader (http://www.classicreader.com/) offers thousands of classic fiction, non-fiction, short stories, drama, and poetry grouped into categories.
- Cranky Librarian (http://www.crankylibrarian.com/) contains over 3,000 classic fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama.
- World Wide School (http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/catalogs/bysubject-top.html) provides a large number of e-books in several dozen categories.
- Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts (http://infomotions.com/alex/) offers 14,000 texts. Entire books are one one long page.
- Classic Authors (http://classicauthors.net/) offers the works of over 100 authors.
Working the Web browser
Nook's touch screen controls surfing the Web. A larger portion of the Web page is displayed on the e-ink screen above. A large dark-lined square outlines the portion of the Web page displayed on the touch screen. Rubbing your fingers across the touch screen scrolls you around the Web page. As the Web page on the touch screen moves, the dark-lined square moves around the Web page and, when necessary, the Web page is rewritten to display other part of the Web page.
Pressing a link clicks the link and displays the next page.
Pressing a text box, puts the cursor in the text box and automatically displays the keyboard. Typing displays the typed letters in the text box on the e-ink screen. When finished typing, click submit to finish putting text in text box. On touch screen, press "go" or "search" after, or below, the text box to begin search.
In the touch screen area, upper left corner, press the lines to display browser menu. Press "Go to ..." to type in URL for a Web site. Press "Web page" to type in URL.