A year ago this week, I got a Nook. I wasn’t sure if I’d really use it as much as I could, so I got a basic black and white one without any bells and whistles.
As it turns out, I have loved my Nook and use it all the time. (I totally kick ass and take names on Sudoku.) I still read paper books and my library card is just as active as ever, but that Nook is just so darn convenient. I can stick it in my purse and have all sorts of entertainment handy when I’m at the Jenworld monthly rendezvous at the orthodontist’s office (I really should have my own coffee mug in the staff kitchen, yo) or anywhere else I’ll be sitting around killing time.
And traveling with the Nook has been great. Rather than lug along tons of books when we went to England and France last year during spring break and then Canada in August, I had the Nook, its charger, and an international voltage converter. I even loaded on some guidebooks too. People, that extra space in my luggage enabled me to bring back a metric ton of British and French chocolate last year.
We always travel with lots of books — it sure would sucketh mightily to be on an airplane for eight hours and not have enough entertainment — and the girls’ books can easily add 10-20 pounds to our luggage because they burn through so many. Because of how great the Nook has been for me, Pete and I have been talking about getting more for the rest of the family, especially as we contemplate an epic vacation this coming summer. (More on that in a future post.)
Barnes & Noble sent me some great coupons in the mail and via email, so yesterday I finally took the plunge and got myself a Nook Color. The girls will use my basic Nook and I’ll eventually get another one for them (just waiting for another coupon). They have iPod Touches, so they don’t really need an e-reader with all the bells and whistles. I’ve already downloaded the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, as well as Agatha Christie for my young Nancy Drews.
I am already totally in love with my Nook Color and played with it for hours last night. I loaded on various apps, including mahjong (remember when that game used to be standard on computers but now you never see it), a German language app (gonna brush up on my Deutsch, ja), some free travel guides, and more. So. Much. Fun.
[Although, between the Nook and my brand new not-yet-killed-via-sweat phone and their slick touch screens, I keep getting mixed up and trying to use my laptop's screen as a touch screen too, so that's going to take some getting used to.]
The one thing I haven’t done yet is get any magazine or newspaper subscriptions for the Nook. On the one hand, I’d would love to cut down on the paper coming into the Jenworld mailbox. On the other hand, it would cost us a little more to get the digital subscriptions vs. the paper ones. But, since my research has shown that e-readers have an environmental edge over paper books and periodicals, I’m willing to spend a little more if it’s better environmentally. I’m just not sure how it would feel to go through a smaller digital version of a magazine, rather than thumbing through the paper version and pulling put pages that I want to save.
I’m curious, how many of you have e-readers and what are you loading onto them, in terms of books, periodicals, and other apps?