So it's been a little over a month since I got my new e-reader, a color Nook, and I have to say (loving books and gadgets as I do) that it's been a positive experience so far. Pictured above is my new case, which is great because aside from protecting the device, the case acts as a stand, which makes for easy hands-free reading.
Here are some of the pros that I've been thinking about as I read through my first e-books:
- I can increase/decrease the text size easily as I read, which came in handy one night when I took my contact lenses out but didn't have my glasses with me.
- I can look up the meanings of words simply by highlighting them with a touch of my finger.
- I can also look things up in Wikipedia the same way - so today, for example, while I was reading The Three Musketeers and the narrator was going on and on about Queen Anne of Austria's ravishing beauty, I found myself wondering what she actually looked like. A couple taps later and I had a nice portrait of her, thanks to Wikipedia. I love it!
- I can read in the car, at night, without a book light. I'm sure my husband is thrilled. :-)
- I could read after it got dark during the power outage we had last week. Luckily, I'd just charged the Nook.
- I can load up tons of books on it when I go away, so I won't have to overpack books the way I usually do. If I ran out of books, I could easily download a new one from the library or buy one.
- I can hold the book in one hand and turn the page with that same hand (keeping, say, a mug of hot tea in the other).
- I can play music on it - either through the speakers, which are pretty loud, or through earphones - while I read.
- I can "check out" books from my library on it - plus download public domain e-books, and what's better than free books?!
- Barnes and Noble offers a free book every Friday. So far none of them have tempted me, but they did get me to shell out 99 cents for a promotional deal on the first book in a series I've been meaning to try (by Lilith Saintcrow). It appeared on my Nook as soon as I purchased it - talk about instant gratification!
- I can put in multiple bookmarks with the touch of a finger, highlight passages and make notes on them.
- I can buy newspaper and magazine subscriptions (and view them in color) - they just magically appear on my Nook when a new issue comes out. This is convenient, paperless, and cuts down on the clutter of stacks of magazines waiting to be read or recycled. B & N also offers a free 2-week subscription to any of their magazines. Plus I can buy just a single issue of anything to read without committing to a subscription.
- The battery doesn't last that long - just a few days, depending on how intensively I'm using it. I understand that the black-and-white Nook has a longer-lasting battery, but I much prefer the interface of this one - plus color, well, it's just more fun.
- It's pretty heavy - heavier than a paperback, and heavier than most hardbacks - about the weight of one of those textbooks with the mysteriously weighty pages. But it's easy to prop up - or put in the stand.
- It doesn't have that yummy book smell. To be fair, it doesn't have a stinky mildewy book smell either, but still. I like how books smell.
- I worry about it getting stolen in public places. I can't just leave it on the table at Panera while I go refill my cup of iced tea the way I would a regular book.
- I can't leave it in the car - I worry about it getting stolen, or that extreme temperatures could hurt it.
- If I were to load all the books, magazines and newspapers I wanted to read while I was on vacation, and not take any regular printed books, I would worry about the Nook malfunctioning!
- If I don't have a wireless connection, I can't connect to many of the cool features the Nook offers.
What about you? Do you have an e-reader? What do you love or dislike about it? Or are you stubbornly digging your heels in and sticking to your beloved paper-and-ink books? What is it about their format that you prefer? I'd love to hear your thoughts!