I have been thinking about getting an eReader for a few months now. I couldn’t decide between the Kindle and the Nook and I have been reading reviews and asking people that have both what they think of them. But, I still hadn’t made a decision.
Did I really need a digital book thingy? I mean, really?
And, would I really like it?
My mom and I are both voracious readers. I am usually reading two or three books at the same time. I keep one in the car, one by my rocking chair, and many on the nightstand. That way, no matter where I am, I have a book to read.
My brother had mentioned the iPad to my mom when he was visiting in June. I have seen so many people who’ve gotten one… but I just can’t seem to get past the high price tag and large size. If I’m going to spend that much money, I just want to buy a new laptop – something I can do some digital scrapbooking and other things on – not just read and surf the web.
I am going on a business trip next week – and I have been trying to figure out how I was going to pick a book to read to take on the trip – since I have three I’m currently in the middle of. What if I finish one early on the trip? I don’t want to buy another book on the road when I have two more at home waiting to be finished. But, I don’t want to carry a bunch of books with me, either. That is just too much extra bulk and weight! (my mind never rests – it’s always tossing and turning on these silly conundrums – does your mind do this, too?)
So, my mind wandered back to the Kindle/Nook question again. I went online (again) and read some more reviews. (I love CNet.com’s reviews. They never fail me) After church yesterday, we went out for lunch and just happened (wink, wink) to go to a restaurant in the same shopping center as a Barnes & Noble. I managed to sneak in and get a detailed demo of the Nook from a very knowledgeable salesperson (thank you!)
I discovered that the Nook has some cool little features that the Kindle doesn’t. They are both so similar that there isn’t really one specific feature that puts one over the other, in my opinion. I think it boils down to personal preferences. But here is what I liked about the Nook:
- I love the virtual menu – a touch screen rather than physical keys (the Kindle has keys). I like it because it turns itself off after a few seconds (you can specify how long) and then you don’t have to worry about accidentally pressing a menu key and having something happen in the middle of reading.
- I love the eInk technology (they both have this). It makes it so easy on your eyes when you are reading – so much more easy than reading on my iPod touch or phone screen. It is black & white, so there is no color display (except the menu screen, which is in color)
- I love the fact that I can have 1,500 books on the Nook at one time (I don’t think I’d ever worry about not having something to read again!) And, with the Nook’s ability to add a micro-SD card, I can expand that capacity if I need/want to.
- I can also put music on my Nook – so I can use it as an MP3 player if I choose. Which is just a neat feature but not really something that I thought my future eReader had to have.
- I love that I can download a book in less than a minute. I am an impatient girl. If I find a book that I want to read, I want it NOW. I don’t want to wait to have to go to the store (maybe days from now) and now I don’t have to! How cool is that?!?
- I also love the fact that it stores where I left off reading in every single book I am reading – and will take me to the last point read when I open the book. No more lost bookmarks.
- I think it is cool that it has a browser on it as well – Given, you are looking at a black & white screen (because of the eInk) and some pages look very dull in b&w, but at least you can look at the internet if the mood strikes you. The browsing feature is a little strange (you use the color, touch screen at the bottom to scroll/pan around the larger b&w browser page) and is going to take some getting used to, but I like the fact that I can go online and look things up if the notion strikes me – and I don’t have to get my laptop out to do so.
- I got the one with the 3G service on it. At first, I wasn’t really sure why I’d need that, but I found out in the first five minutes why, and I’m so glad I did. The 3G service allows the Nook to connect to any AT&T cell tower (automatically, I didn’t have to do anything) and provide access. In fact, I took the Nook out of the box on the drive home, just to see it in person, and when I turned it on, it connected to the 3G network and I was able to register my Nook and connect to B&N as we were driving home. THAT, my friends, was really cool. No waiting for a WiFi connection. Just presto! and I was online as we drove down the highway.
Big Girl is also enamored with my new toy. She has been very resistant to my planned reading schedule this summer and new books or trips to the library have not swayed her in her determination NOT to read. However, the Nook seems to have changed all that. I don’t know if it is the novelty of it, or what, but she quickly asked for a book to be loaded (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and started reading away.
I have noticed, prior to this, that she seems intimidated by books that seem “big” or “long” and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get her to pick stories that just seem interesting without being intimidated by their heft – since she will be reading them virtually. I loaded the B&N eReader software on her netbook, so if I am using the Nook, she can still read her story. (As a matter of fact, if I have the B&N eReader software loaded on my phone or iPod, I can do the same and read any book I’m in the middle of on my Nook even if the Nook is not with me. I am not sure yet if the bookmarks will synch or not. Have to check that out.)
As a matter of fact, she came downstairs this morning, Nook in hand, reading away. Wow. That’s just awesome.
So, I’m all set with my new toy and I’m ready for my business trip (just as soon as I pack). I got a cute cover for the Nook, too – to keep it safe from scratches while it rides around in my bag. I think I’m going to name her – just haven’t decided what yet. “Nook” sounds silly – Big Girl and I both think. And with this cute pink jacket, I think she is just begging for a name. Matilda? Beatrice?
Do any of you have eReaders? Or thoughts about having one - or not having one? I admit, I have been on the fence for a LONG time, but now that I got one, I’m so glad I did.