After recently attempting some workarounds to enable a bookmarking type of functionality with the sorry excuse for a PDF viewer that ships stock with the Nook Color, I decided instead to try one of the PDF viewer applications available on the Nook Color app shop.
In reality, a customer shouldn’t need to purchase a very good and freely available PDF reader for an Android OS based tablet (BeamReader springs to mind), especially one that touts itself primarily as an eBook reader. I suppose the profit & loss statement is of more importance to B&N than allowing users to use their device as a fully functional eBook reader without paying more for the privilege.
Given this bizarre situation, I chose to take a chance on a relatively inexpensive PDF reader that supported bookmarking — frankly any PDF viewer for use on a tablet based device that doesn’t support this feature is near useless and more bother than it is worth to use. ezPDF Reader I happily report does not fall into this camp and enables the Nook Color to be used as a proper PDF reader.
Upon starting the application the first time, a short initialisation procedure begins, and options at top enable you to search for your PDF documents by different methods. The easiest method upon initial use is the All PDF button: the app finds all PDF documents on your Nook Color organised by location. Open a folder in the resulting list and tap a PDF to view it. If you have been using ezPDF Reader and have previously opened PDF documents, you may instead opt to use the Recent button to rapidly switch between recently opened documents instead of crawling through your entire collection using the All PDF feature. I actually found opening large PDF documents with 800+ pages faster whilst using ezPDF Reader on my Nook Color than I did using the Adobe Reader application on a desktop computer.
Bookmarking is a snap, but for most uses it is not needed as ezPDF Reader automatically remembers the last page you were on in a PDF document and will return to the same page the next time the PDF book is opened. This still works even if you open other PDFs afterwords then return to a document much later.
Frankly the only thing that would be better about ezPDF Reader is if it could be made to be the default PDF reader instead of the sad excuse of a “Reader” app that is bundled with the Nook.
Verdict: Get ezPDF Reader on the Nook App shop — $1.99 (US) is a small price to pay for a quality PDF reader, it’s too bad though that we have to pay extra for an app to make our eBook reader tablet a proper eBook reader tablet.
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