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Monday, March 14, 2011

Getting Nookie

Guess who got a Nook? Go ahead, guess. :grin:

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on their experiences with various e-readers. It was such a tough decision. I waffled from one to the other, listing the benefits and disadvantages of each. What finally made me choose the Nook was that it had a lending library.

I've only had the Nook a few days, but I've done more reading in three days than I did in three weeks. I LOVE it. If I had known how much more convenient and pleasurable an e-reader would be I would have done this ages ago. I do not miss paper at all. 

What I love the best is that you can size the font and it stays that way. No mucking with it more than once. And the bookmarks. Love that!

Please understand that I am a world class troglodyte. I do not embrace new technology easily. You should've seen me when Greg tried to get me to switch to CDs. There were tears involved. But this I love. Easy on my eyes and so incredibly convenient. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I want to read everything at once.

Speaking of Greg, he's been teasing me shamelessly that I'm now getting my Nookie without him. :grin: Yup.

My special thanks to LASR. If it hadn't been for their contest, I might never have taken the plunge. Thank you, LASR for bringing me into the 21st century.

Here are a couple of interesting Nook articles. The first link shows you how to copy your i-Tunes so they play on your Nook. The second article is from The Wall Street Journal and shows you how to do a hack on your Nook and turn it into an i-Pad

I'd never do such a thing since it would invalidate the warranty, but the possibilities of what the Nook can do are intriguing. I guarantee you there's a market in creating a poor man's i-Pad. If B&N had the sand for such a gamble, I think they'd put one over on Amazon.

For now, I'm happy with my e-reader. I'm only sorry it took me this long to take the plunge. And now I understand what you guys were raving about.

Am I the only Luddite out here? Do you embrace techie stuff easily or are you more like me, dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming?

I wonder if there's a support group for people like me.

37 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

I don't do technology change easily either. I still have my cassettes and even a few 8 tracks I can't seem to throw away. LOL I've heard great things about the Nook and I can see where it would be helpful. I especially like the part about sizing the fonts. Congratulations again on the win and continued happy reading.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Dru said...

That is so funny because just yesterday I said to myself, "I wonder what e-reader did Maria get."

Congrats on getting the nook.

I love technology and if I had the money I would buy any gadget, after a 6-month wait for them to get rid of any bugs. I still want an iPad2, but in 6 months I'll see if the craving is still there for it.

I've never tried the lending feature yet. One of these days.

Enjoy your nook.

Liz Fichera said...

Happy Nookying!

I absolutely love my nook. It goes with my everywhere--like a third arm. Don't forget that every Friday, B&N offers Free Friday reads. I've downloaded all sorts of great books. For free! Also, see if your local library has an e-library.

Like you, I already read a ton before. But, since I've gotten a nook, I'm definitely reading even more. If that's possible.

Rula Sinara said...

LOL, those nookie jokes could go on! I still haven't taken the plunge into ereading. I've downloaded a couple of books onto my PC, but the longer one I haven't read yet. We'll see... I know I won't be able to hold out forever.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Congrats on the Nook! Although I still read paper books, I prefer reading on the Kindle now. I hope we can still be friends even if we have different e-readers. ;)

Sherri said...

Isn't it wonderful :) I'm loving my nook and I haven't even taken advantage of all the goodies yet. Congrats on the win and happy reading. Kinda wishing for a long winter's night about now, LOL

Sarita said...

Good for you! It sounds like you had a niche for your Nook. :) Enjoy!

Maria Zannini said...

Mason: Oh, good. I'm not alone. LOL. I love new technology, but my brain is full; I don't want to learn any new operating procedures.

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Dru: Oh, rats. I thought I wrote you. :sorry: I really need a memory upgrade on my brain. You sound like my husband. He is forever drooling over the latest gadget.

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Liz: I wouldn't have believed it. But it's actually easier on my eyes than paper. I'm able to read faster.

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Rula: Thank Greg for the nookie joke. (I couldn't publish the other things he said.) :grin: Since digital came out I've been buying various e-books, but I read only a fraction of them because the computer screen tired me out. Now they're the first on my list to read.

Joanne said...

I think it's funny how the people most resistant to eReaders, swearing by paper books, ultimately become the most devoted eReader fans. I like to think of the whole reading process as having the best of both worlds ... hardcover/paper, and e :)

Maria Zannini said...

Sandra: LOL. I'm not an e-reader snob--especially since I could have just as easily gone to Kindle. We're still friends!

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Sherri: Winter's long over for us. Everything is turning green. Time to be outside.

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Sarita: No more eyestrain. Heaven.

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Joanne: I'll always have paper--especially art books and books that have sentimental value. But the Nook has been a godsend for my eyes.

Darke Conteur said...

I have no problem with new technology, maybe because I'm a Scifi nut and anything like that brings me one step closer to being in those worlds.

As for ereaders, I haven't taken the plunge yet. I would love too, but I'm still waiting for the dust to settle. With all the talk about Kindle, ereader, Nook and iPad I keep thinking one will rise to the surface and the rest will go the way of the Beta machines.

Remember the HD vs. Blue Ray battle?

Angela Felsted said...

Congratulations on your new nook!

Lynn Colt said...

I don't have an e-reader, or even a smart phone! And I may be the only iPhone app developer without an iPhone or iPad, lol. If Wild Fables does well, that's first on my list of things I want!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Hmmm. I thought this post had something to do with research.

You've definitely embraced your Nook more easily than I have mine. So far I've only read one complete book on it. Yours. But maybe it's because my printed book TBR stack is still so high. Glad you're enjoying your new toy.

Misha said...

I might be a closet luddite.

I do go to new tech, but only because I have to. There's no real love, but because I use it (a lot) my own mother wouldn't comprehend the depths of my antipathy.

Just so, I will probably cave soon and buy an e-reader, because I'm tired of waiting for shipped books that never arrive.
;-)

Marianne Arkins said...

If I had known how much more convenient and pleasurable an e-reader would be I would have done this ages ago. I do not miss paper at all.

Amen, sister! I never, NEVER thought I'd love it so much -- but honestly? I don't enjoy reading paper books anymore. The Nook is more convenient and easier on my eyes AND hands than a paperback book. Color me shocked... and I'm glad you enjoy it :-)

Maria Zannini said...

Darke Conteur: LOL. I must be an enigma. I write SF, including some pretty elaborate tales with super computers and artificial intelligence, but doing research is a little different than learning what button does what.

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Angela: Thank you! I feel like a new mother with her child.

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Lynn! You don't have an i-phone? But you create apps!! How is this possible? LOL.

By the way, guys, you must check out Lynn's blog and see the new app she created. It's adorable!

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: I have to shamefully admit that I had started a new print book, but after getting the Nook, I hadn't gone back to it.

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Misha: Not to mention cheaper. That's a big plus for me.

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Marianne: And guess which book I read over the weekend? Kitchen Matches. So now you have your marching orders. Finish that sequel. I loved those characters!

Marguerite Butler said...

Congrats on joining the e-reader addicts. I was reluctant to take the plunge, but now that I have, I find myself reading even more. In the last year, I've probably only bought about five print books.

I love being able to carry an entire library with me where ever I go.

happy reading!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

JEALOUS!
I want one so bad!

Kaye Manro said...

So glad you like your Nook, Maria. To me this just goes to show where we are headed in the publishing world. And aren't we glad we got in on the ground floor of epubbing? It is for sure the wave of the future. Speaking of techie stuff.

Sherri said...

That was a wee bit tongue in cheek :) Living in the desert it is more of "Winter? What's that?"

As to the techie question...If money wasn't an issue I'd probably buy things within a year of the release, after most of the bugs have been worked out. I will say I'm glad I didn't have the money for Vista and was able to skip all the drama that caused, LOL

Maria Zannini said...

Marguerite: I can foresee my print buys going down.

Sarah: It is so totally worth it. You gotta get one.

Kaye: It's the e-ink. Not only does it read like print, but it has the advantage of resizing the font to my needs, and being able to select from any entire library.

Sherri: Oh I knew that. I should've been more specific. Winter is over for us (as in you and me).

Angelina Rain said...

I’m horrible with technology. My husband finally convinced me to let a laptop last fall. And that was only after my desktop computer broke down for good.

However, I jumped on the e-reader bandwagon very early. Actually, that was before the Nook even came out. My e reader is Astak EZPocket Reader Pro, it’s not that popular, but it reads .lit files (when I started reading ebooks, I thought that format was going to stick around, I was wrong) and it has a text-to-speech function so I could read with my eyes closed.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Wow, congrats! I'm a self-professed techno nerd. So, I have a kindle, an ipad and am already drooling over any new tech gadgets that come out LOL. But, I've heard AMAZING things about the nook - I hope you'll post an official review of it for my inner nerd?

Margo Benson said...

I still think of myself as the 'It'll never happen to me' brigade! I never thought I'd have a mobile (cell)phone, be on FaceBook, have a Blog...my goodness! I have an e-reader (Kindle, but there you go!) and I love them all...I will NOT tweet....

Maria Zannini said...

Angelina, I think we are sisters, several decades apart. LOL. I totally understand.

Lindsay: Let me play with it for a while and I'll give a more substantial review in the future. Right now it's a toy, but eventually I'll see how far it'll go.

Margo: My husband will be the first to tell you that I do not go quietly into the future. LOL. Despite my aversion to all things techie, I will learn these things, but it's always against my will.

Marian Perera said...

I don't have an e-reader, but maybe some day when I have a real job. :)

Although I love physical copies of books and collect those, I was once stuck in rural India for over a month with only six paperbacks (no room in my suitcase for more). I read those over and over until I was sick of them. An e-reader would have helped a lot there, so despite not being a techie person at all I won't rule out the possibility of having one some day.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the Nook! The lending library also sounds like a fantastic idea.

Mike Keyton said...

Better than being 'nuked' Sorry :(

Ref libraries - Have you read this?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/business/media/15libraries.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha25

And, because you've obviously done your research, have you any idea as to whether there are whispers of kindle eventually providing an app for this?

Maria Zannini said...

Marian: I can't imagine a month rereading the same six books. I take it this was before you started writing? Reading has always been hard on my eyes--even after they got fixed. But I've not noticed any eye strain at all since using the Nook. It's amazing.

PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETIE!

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: I did read a similar article about Harper Collins restricting and charging for their books at libraries.

I hadn't heard about an app to circumvent this, but I have heard rumors that Amazon might start giving Kindles away. (That's only a rumor.) But I'd be all for it. :)

What's happening (imo) is that HP is trying to railroad people into going back to paper. They're also trying to retake control of the industry by insisting on their price structure.

Ain't gonna happen HP.

It could backfire on them and I predict it will. But the only people getting hurt are their authors--which is shameful on Harper Collins' part.

Unless it's an author I know personally, I will not buy any book at an inflated price. That's my message to HP. I don't think I'm alone.

There is a way to treat everyone fairly without gouging the consumer or cheating the author, but it means the giants will have to take a smaller share. That's why they’re fighting so hard.

Ellie said...

I have to be dragged, though I did get a Kindle last year and love it. In fact, True Believers was the first book I read on it!

TerriOsburn said...

I never wanted an eReader and then my boss bought me one when I finished my college degree back in 2009. I let it collect dust for a year, feeling guilty, but not guilty enough to pick it up.

Then I started reading on it last summer and I was hooked immediately. Like you, I love that I can manipulate the font size. But also, I can carry a library full of books all the time, starting a new one the moment I finish the one I'm reading.

If I was going to get one today, it would be the Nook. In fact, if I can find a way to justify having two, I might still do it. LOL!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

lol. I usually embrace tech stuff, but as for the e reader, that is yet to hit me. I'll still love my hardcover copies. Nothing like dusting. Oh, I just realised...less books, e-reader, no dusting. Now that thought does appeal. :)

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I will never embrace a touch screen. Never! Too many times did I dig my phone out of my purse only to find it calling Taiwan? Too many times did I grope for a ringing phone and pull it out only to find my caller on hold and my calendar open to Tuesday. I love my e-reader, but I will never have a touchscreen anything again!

Maria Zannini said...

Ellie: You're a sweetheart!

Terri: Nice boss. I honestly did not think I would like mine as much as I do. I wouldn't mind having the Kindle too, but I'm grateful for what I have now.

Suzanne: Oy! I moved 40 boxes of books to my new house. I NEVER want to do that again.

Barbara: I used to do that--though I never called Taiwan. LOL. I hung up on a lot of people and called a bunch more I didn't even want to talk to. I've since learned to securely shut my screen down before I stored it. I haven't called Canada in at least three months.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, congrats!! I love reading off my Ipad--although I still want a Nook or Kindle so my hubby and I don't have to fight. :)
I don't miss the paper either. In fact, going to back to for a library book sometimes I get annoyed if the pages don't fold easily. LOL