Hooked on the Nook
I really want an iPad. I can’t tell you how bad. But I now know how Apple does things (after buying a few of their products)- they introduce the “must have” item and then a few months in, they add more bells and whistles, change the design, and drop the price. They’ll always have early adopters. And when my bank account gets a bit fatter, I may join that crowd. Until then, I’ll wait for the 2nd Gen, and ooohhh and ahhhh over Gens 3 and 4 until the next big thing comes out. But this post is about the Nook, not the iPad, so let me get to it.
I’ve been dying for an ereader for some time, as I’ve been dabbling with ebooks for over a year now (reading and writing). It was finally time to take the plunge. The iPad was out for obvious reasons (price point being the biggie, plus, I know I would spend waaaay too much time doing everything but reading books), and the Kindle, while being the first widely sold ereader on the market, never really rang my bells in terms of looks.
I’m a girl, I like cute things.
I’d been checking out the Nook for a while, especially after they put demos in stores. Once a week, I’d cruise by and play with it. I would stand there imagining myself reading with it in my comfy chair, until the impatient retiree behind me would start breathing hard because he was tired of waiting for his turn. It’s not like he had anything else to do. Anyway, once the iPad came out swinging, Amazon and Barnes and Noble responded by dropping their prices.
So, a month ago, I skipped my happy ass into BN, dropped my debit card on the counter, and walked out with a shiny new toy. Once it was charged, the melee began.
I combed through EVERY ebook category on the website, I played with every feature on the touch pad, and then after making several impulse purchases, I started reading.
I would say that it took me about 30 minutes to get the feel of the thing. Clicking to turn pages was a little weird. But then my story got good, my butt settled into the right spot in my chair, and the next thing you know, time was flying.
And I was hooked on the Nook. Stop rolling your eyes- you knew it was coming.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed my reading experience on the Nook, and use it pretty much everyday. I even fall asleep reading in bed, just like a regular book.
But one of my favorite things is this tres’ cute Jonathan Adler cover:
So, if you are on the fence about an ereader, I say find one that has the gadgety stuff you like, and then get to reading. There are enough of them out there now, so you definitely have choices. I like having wi-fi and the ability to make impulse purchases away from my computer. That’s just me. I can buy all the books I want, without crowding out my bedroom and making The Man grimace.
I’ll still purchase my favorite writers in hardback, but for everything else, the Nook will do just fine.
Until I can afford the next gen iPad.