I've gone over to the dark side.
Just kidding. I never thought this would happen, but what you see here is real. I am the proud new owner of a Nook. I recently celebrated a birthday and received a very generous gift card from my family that helped cover most of the cost of a Nook (the original, not a color version). For some time I've been pretty skeptical about eReaders. I have nothing against them but thought they just weren't for me, but after being persuaded by other readers (recently Dorothy, Teresa and Lyn though I know many more of you out there have long enjoyed eReaders) of their finer points I began reconsidering. It was mostly pure and unadulterated greed that made me really think of what they might offer and actually made me desire one.
I don't imagine I'll be buying many (any?) ebooks. It's the freebie books that I'm interested in--out of print and hard to find titles that are so readily available online these days as well as newer titles from Netgalley. I've tried to read books on my desktop computer, but I don't like it. It's not comfortable and I am stuck in one place if I really want to read the book. What's nice about a Nook is the portability and being able to download a few different formats of books on it from various places.
As you see from my book stack I have no intention of the Nook replacing my paper books. I am still of the opinion that you need to pry books from my fingers as I am such a bad "weeder" of my collection. I like paper. I like old books and new books and used books and library books. I've never understood the argument or the prediction that ebooks are better than paper or that they will eventually supplant them. I've never understood why the two can't happily coexist. For me my Nook is purely supplementary and simply another way to get at a wider selection of books.
I've only had it for a week but so far I like it. It's a nice size, not too heavy, easy to read and I think I'm beginning to get used to using my fingertip to swipe the LCD screen to navigate. I was very clunky with it at first, but it feels pretty comfortable now. It does have WiFi, which I use to read the daily columns and articles and such that B&N offers, but otherwise I don't really connect to the internet to surf as the screen feels too small to me. Maybe I'll explore that option more later. It's the books that I am excited about. I have about ten books loaded so far. I've got the new Maisie Dobbs mystery, A Lesson in Secrets, from Netgalley as well as the forthcoming Ward Just novel, Rodin's Debutante. For freebies I have Wilkie Collins's No Name from Project Gutenberg. From various other places I have Christine by Elizabeth von Arnim, Messalina of the Suburbs by E.M. Delafield, Misses Mallett by E.H. Young, and Roast Beef Medium by Edna Ferber. There are still more I'd like to download eventually.
I sometimes take it to work but I don't take it to the gym. I'm a little hesitant to read it while walking on the treadmill. If I drop my book I might crease a page or bend the cover but I can pick it up, dust it off and it's fine. What if I break the screen on my Nook? Can the screen be broken? I suspect so--I might just be overly protective about it, but there are definitely things to consider with an eReader that I don't think twice about with a book. I'm not entirely sure about the battery. It seems to run down quickly, but maybe I need to pay more attention to whether I have the WiFi running or not. Paper books are by far still more versatile for me, as I don't really travel, but for an additional way to get at books I'm enjoying my Nook. And no worries, I'm still enjoying my paper books, too. I have far too many started (as usual) and a few new ones on the way in the mail. Life is good.