To Nook or not to Nook?

15 November, 2009
Rat Fink

That is the question.

I am dealing with Christmas git lists this morning, because I adore lining up the shopping trip, getting the gifts, wrapping them all pretty, putting them under the tree, and especially watching my family open them. There’s an old cliché that says, “The joy is in the giving.” It’s not cliché to me.

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Of course, getting the git lists from my family also entails the giving of my git list to them — especially to the Thriller. Are you reading me today, Lambikins? I ask because reading is on the menu this morning. E-reading, that is.

Do I want a Nook? You know…I think I do.

Now, ye purists, hold thy steeds. Before you stop reading to click on “Add Your Comment,” let me say that I adore books. Books on the shelf, I mean — the ones made of paper and cardboard and cloth. I have a huge collection of them, many of which I’ll keep forever to pass on to my grandchildren. However, there are times when I’m in a place (riding in the car, in a hotel, in a restaurant while traveling, waiting after school for evening rehearsals to start, etc.) when I think it would be nice to have a selection of stuff to read, without having to have schlepped it all into a bag before leaving. Or maybe I’m in a place where I don’t want to drag a book bag around.

I think it just might be the best of both worlds, this Nook.

Now, I can hear my dad (and some of my friends, probably) saying, “We never had Nooks. We carried our books around and actually opened them and turned the pages and felt the paper.” I know, I know. And sometimes it’s fun to be a bit of a purist. I’m a pedantic schoolmarm on Church Latin and English vowel production (in rehearsals), spelling, some areas of grammar/usage, and certain store brands. Gotta have the real thing in its most pristine form. But books on an e-reader? I think it’s a great idea as an auxiliary tool. Bring it on.

I will always buy books for myself and for others. But having a little white frame containing over a million titles for books, mags and newspapers that I can carry around in my purse with me? That also sounds like fun.

There. I think I pretty much talked myself into it, ja?

:-)

What do you think of the Nook? I’d probably go for it over Amazon’s Kindle reader because of the Wi-Fi and the capability of sharing books with friends.

OK. Time to get started — Mavis’s birthday feast is today and the food isn’t going to cook its own self. If only they had an e-cooker. Shazam!

FO

PS – I positively, absolutely cannot come up with 400 more words for the thesis. I give up. I’m turning it in on Tuesday as-is.

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Suzanne
Suzanne
15 November, 2009 8:56 am

I think it’s a wonderful choice!! I would like to have one of these, too. The idea of having several reading choices in one little machine is very nice indeed. I could probably research this myself but it’s more fun to ask you–with a Nook can you increase font-size? My reading has decreased dramatically over the years because I can’t find a decent pair of reading glasses and reading is more of a chore as I try to focus in on the pages. If I had books on a Nook I might be able to have it in a larger… Read more »

Hiltbrunner
Hiltbrunner
15 November, 2009 9:28 am

I would like a breakfast nook.

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Stoney
Stoney
15 November, 2009 9:58 am

It sounds like a great gift to me. I would love it.

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Kristen
Kristen
15 November, 2009 11:44 am

I’m not really a fan of e-reading myself and I doubt I’ll be getting a nook or kindle any time soon, but as long as you stay away from books on tape, that’s fine with me. The whole concept of someone claiming they “read a book” by having someone else read it to them bothers me to no end.

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Krissy
Krissy
15 November, 2009 6:05 pm

I would love to have a Nook! I love reading and anything that makes it more convenient for me to do so is on my shopping list.

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Stein
Stein
16 November, 2009 9:29 am

I wouldn’t like the Nook. Reading electronically bothers my eyes quite a bit. Given, I have no clue how reading the Nook would affect me, I am going to assume it is much the same as reading off of a computer screen. I much prefer reading paper without the wavering light or subtle changes in hue. I like the concept, but they need to have something that produces the actual paper for me to get into that idea.

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Artillius Merchclod
Artillius Merchclod
16 November, 2009 1:14 pm

Sounds like a good way to avoid lead poisoning from old boooks.

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BoomR
BoomR
16 November, 2009 4:43 pm

I almost bought Bluvox the Sony eBook reader when I walked past it at Sam’s club. But I need to do some more research on the subject. I’ve not heard too many good things about the Kindle, so to know about a 3rd option is cool! :-) How do you think Nook stacks up against this one:
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665921188

:-)

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