I’m having a lot of trouble with this particular book on my Toshiba Android tablet using the Nook reader app. Most likely this boils down to a bug in the reader at some level, but I wonder if anything could be done to the epub itself to work around this bug until B&N can fix it.
I haven’t noticed these problems in other ebooks, including the one other PragProg book I have. And with this book, the PDF looks flawless, but the Kindle version has a few problems of its own (which I will describe soon in another post).
Here are some details about my problem:
When I select some text and the menu comes up, and I choose “Add Highlight”, it takes several seconds before the highlighting appears on the page. I haven’t successfully timed it, but the amount of time seems to vary between maybe 2 and 10 seconds (or maybe longer sometimes).
The same lag occurs when I long-press on highlighted text and choose to remove highlighting.
While I’m waiting for the highlighting to appear or disappear, other tap events don’t have any effect. E.g. the single tap on the middle of the view doesn’t bring up the teal menu along the bottom.
Contrary to #3, swiping does allow me to switch pages while I’m waiting. But sometimes if I swipe more than about two pages, the additional pages are flat gray.
If I wait long enough, even if I’ve moved many pages forward or back, my highlighting does eventually appear where I requested it (or, if I chose to remove highlighting, it disappears).
Every so often, the time I have to wait for highlighting becomes very short again, but temporarily. Once this happened after I uninstalled the Nook app and reinstalled it, but I don’t know if this is a coincidence.
Often when I use the Contents menu and click on Notes & Highlights, there are only a few (5-10) highlighted passages listed; certainly not all the places where I’ve actually highlighted.
7a. Some of these times, Nook crashes almost immediately (with a force-close dialog saying “The application NOOK (process bn.ereader) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.”); I am left back at the Nook library home screen.
7b. Other times, there is no crash, and if I wait a few seconds and then go back into Contents>Notes & Highlights, more (or possibly all) of my highlighted passages are then listed. But usually if I keep going back into that listing, Nook does eventually crash.
- The ebook takes a lot longer to show its starting pages than other ebooks I have, especially if I’ve just had to force-close it. (Before it shows the starting page there is just a white screen with a progress spinner in the middle.)
I’ve noted other problems here and there with different ebooks from different publishers in different reader apps, and I’m never sure where to turn. Hopefully there is some dialog between PragProg and B&N on issues like this. Please let me know if I should submit this report to them also.
FYI, my tablet, OS, and Nook app information, in case it helps anyone:
“About tablet” screen
Model number AT100 Android version 3.1 Kernel version 188.8.131.52-ga750373 android-toshiba@dps3build2 #1 Build number HMJ37.01.5.0018
“System information” screen (submenu of “About tablet”)
Manufacture TOSHIBA Product Name TOSHIBA AT105 Product Version PDA01U-00101F OEM Strings PDA01U-00101F,TI10616000K
Nook app version