Sep 12, 2011
I Went Nook
I debated between Nook and Kindle for quite awhile. The touch screen swayed me. The lack of bells and whistles and crap I don't need swayed me. The simplicity of adding files to the Nook swayed me. We don't have wifi at home, but I can download to my PC, plug the Nook in like a thumb drive and transfer the files over.
The Nook is lighter than a paperback and uses the eInk technology. Now I can catch up on my backlog of ereading. Well, most of it. Some of the publications I already had wouldn't convert. Pity. It takes me eons to get through anything on the PC. When I read, I like to go relax. The ereader is just like a book, but it's a whole library in one.
I found this free software called Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/ which will convert files from one ereader type to another. Some of the Kindle files it wouldn't convert and a couple of the others. Boo!
I read Translations end of August and I had downloaded my own story from B&N, then read it off my Nook. Cool. Rad cool. It was my best reading ever. I did voices and hand gestures and all that. Maybe because I was so thrilled to have downloaded my own stuff from a bookstore. Maybe all the previous practice paid off.
Anyway, there's a B&N less than two minutes from my house, and I meet my local crit group there every couple of weeks. I can read books for free in the store on my Nook while I wait for them to show up. It'll be an incentive to get there early. :) Plus, I can read library books on the Nook, and even lend other Nook readers one of my books for a few weeks, or borrow one.
Will this replace all my book buying? Probably not, (I just purchased book 2 in George RR Martin's series on sale at Target and preordered Tanya Huff's 5th book in the Valor/Confederation series -- if I'm going to pay as much or more for an ebook, I'll opt for the regular book) but it may lessen that growing pile in the corner over there ... I think it's about to eat me.
I love that I have so many of you on my Nook. I carry you around and show you off, say how I know almost every author on it. I love the touch technology ... almost like turning a page, but a little more fun.
So, do you have an ereader? I'm definitely a convert.