Saturday, June 19, 2010

I Got It!

We are now home from our road trip and it can be revealed:  my anniversary gift this year is a nook!  So, "what's a nook?" you might ask.  A nook is an ereader--a gadget where you can read books and other printed material.  This is in place of reading an actual book.  (I'm not trying to insult everyone, if you all know what ereaders are--it's just that some people don't have a clue.)  There are several different ereaders other then the nook--Amazon, for example, has the Kindle and Sony has one, too.  After much research, I decided on the nook--for various reasons I will only mention if someone asks.  (I don't want to bore anyone.)






The nook is about the size of a paperback book--BUT it is only .5" thick.  It has enough memory in it to store about 1500 books.  And you can add memory with microSD cards.  There are over one million books available for the nook from Barnes & Noble--and there are more than can be found online.  This is quite a dangerous purchase for me, as I LOVE books!  And, for the most part, all of the books that you can buy for the nook are a bargain:  current bestsellers are about $10 each and there are many, many books for less than that or for free.  With the average hardcover book selling for $25 or more, the prices on ebooks are outstanding.

I haven't gotten the nook up and running as of yet--I have to charge it first--but I KNOW I am going to love it.  Being able to take numerous books with me at all times and being able to buy and download books WHEREVER I am at ANY time is amazing.  I'm definitely going to have to learn the meaning of the word restraint.  :)

Does this mean I'm done buying 'real' books?  Absolutely not.  I still will buy hard copies of my favorite authors and I have a few series that I intend to continue collecting.  Then, of course, every once in a while there will be another book that is special for one reason or another, so I will buy it.  All in all, I will have the best of both worlds when it comes to books--and I will probably bankrupt us with all of the books that I buy, in whichever form.  :D

7 comments:

kristi noser said...

My daughter has a Kindle and loves it. She is a voracious reader and she would go broke if she bought all the books she has on that thing. Happy Anniversary!

meleah rebeccah said...

OMG! That's awesome!

cmk said...

I'm still learning all about my nook, but it is giving me a happy! I will do an in-depth review of it sometime in the future--there are quite a few people that are interested. ;)

ordinaryjanet said...

I'm jealous! I've been saying I'd never get an e-reader, but sometimes I think how convenient it would be-like waiting in doctors' offices, you wouldn't have to handle a bulky book.

cmk said...

I was JUST the same with 'I will never give up my REAL books' etc. But the more I use the thing, the more I am loving it. In a week or so I will write a review about it.

ordinaryjanet said...

I've heard that some library systems let you "borrow" an e-book. Apparently when the time is up, the book disappears, or at least you can't access it anymore till you renew it. I wonder how that works?

cmk said...

Yes, some libraries do lend e-books. I'm not sure if our local one does, or not. Also, you can 'lend' or 'borrow' books from another NOOK owner. And after the two weeks, the book will just disappear and show up on the owners NOOK. I'm sure there is something in the code that counts down the time that the book is borrowed.