Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I love that it's in color, because I can view picture books with my kids and - I hope - graphic novels at some point, although I haven't seen any available at my library yet. You can also read magazines, which is definitely better in color. Barnes and Noble sells subscriptions, and books of course, and they also offer a bunch of public domain books that are free - for some reason Dracula and Pride and Prejudice uploaded themselves without any action on my part, which is fine with me.
So far (with a little frustration, but eventually I worked it out) I have managed to transfer a book from my library as well as a book from Google's e-book collection (It's a G. K. Chesterton book, the first of the Father Brown stories, which I've been meaning to try for ages).
The color Nook is a bit heavier than the black and white one, which is a down side, plus the battery doesn't work as long. But color is fun! And I love gadgetry, the more colorful, the better.
Can an e-book reader replace beloved ink-and-paper books? Not at this point in my life! But it's great to have this additional format, along with the fun stuff that comes with it. For example, you can highlight passages and add notes - and if you lend the book to a friend, the friend can see your notes. You can also highlight a word and look it up in dictionary or on Wikipedia, if you have a wireless connection. I love the fact that I can load a whole bunch of books on it before going on a trip - I tend to way over-pack books because I get book panic - that awful feeling when you're on a delayed flight and you worry that you're going to run out of books! I hate that.
Have you made the switch to ebooks yet? What do you think? Or are you adamantly refusing to budge from ink and paper? As much as I am enjoying my Nook so far, there is one thing it can't offer - that wonderful new-book smell!