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Getting some Nooky

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I love to read.  I love books.  And there are many that I wish I could carry around with me from study to study or discussion to discussion.  My car is a testament to that fact as there are currently about 10 books stacked in the back seat.

So I took a leap this past week and purchased a Nook from Barnes and Noble with the hopes that it would exceed my expectations.  While I appreciate technology and books (2 of my weak points when it comes to purchases), I was more than a little dubious about combining the two.  I like how a book feels in my hands and I enjoy being able to scrawl notes in the margins when the whimsy hits me. But… I just can’t carry them all with me thus my breaking down and acquiring the Nook.

Since I purchased the Nook over the holiday weekend, Barnes and Noble had a promotion that allowed me to download 20 or so books for free.  These were preselected American classics that they chose since it was our Independence Day holiday.  Some were works of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickson, and Walt Whitman.  Others were from great story tellers like Mark Twain and O. Henry.  After downloading those free ebooks, I also purchased the electronic copy of The Pursuit of God for $1 and the NASB version of the Bible for around $2.

To give it a test run, I opened the Pursuit of God and read through the first chapter and decided to test out the highlighting and note capabilities of the Nook.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to do both, however, it is a bit of a slow go for me because I have big thumbs and punching the letters on the touch screen wasn’t necessarily made for big thumbs.  Taking copious notes may be out of the question unless I get a little better at using the small keyboard… or get smaller thumbs.

This device has several options that I haven’t fully checked out yet as I haven’t had time to dig in and investigate.  It comes with a contact manager, a music player, games, and limited internet browser.  I will keep you all updated as I learn more about this new toy.  By the way, I purchased the cheaper version that was offered.  There are two options at this time – Wi-Fi capable and 3G capable.  There is a $50 difference between the two and the only true difference is that the 3G allows the user to access downloads where ever there is cell phone access (note: a cell phone is not necessary.. just the ability to connect to a cellular tower).   I didn’t think the $50 cost difference was worth the ability to download a book while I walked down the sidewalk.  With the Wi-Fi version, I can download a book from any place that I can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot.

If you already have a Nook or Kindle, let me know your thoughts and where I can find free legal downloads.

Oh.. I almost forgot.  The Nook advertises that it can hold approximately 1500 books and has a micro SD slot to expand that limit.

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  1. July 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I have a Kindle and I love it! I don’t know if the Kindle books would work on the Nook or not, but they have free downloads all the time on Amazon.

    The Kindle does allow notes and highlights, which I love. I can’t read without a highlighter close by. It doesn’t have the contact list capabilities, but it does have the limited browser. I could print my contact list to a PDF and transfer it to my Kindle if I wanted to have my personal phone book. (Or any other document I wanted to have on hand.) The browser — pfft. When I’m reading, I want to read. I want to be able to sit back and not have the distraction of a new message coming in, so I shall happily leave that alone.

    I’m still trying to wrap my mind around 1500 books. I have about 75 on my Kindle now and I can’t keep up with what I have!

    I’m sure the debate will go on and on, that the Nook is better and vice versa, but as so many things, it’s the eye (or hand as it were) of the beholder. The best advice… buy one and enjoy!

  2. randy morgan
    July 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

    sorry, but i like the tactile sensation of pages rustling under my fingers.

    • July 9, 2010 at 1:35 am

      I definitely understand where you are coming from on that one, Randy. But I had to give it a shot since I had a desire to carry more books around than I could carry around 🙂

      Plus.. I started thinking about all the ‘electronic’ reading that I do already on the internet and thought that it wasn’t much different so I really had no excuse but to give it a shot.

      I will still buy the old fashioned pulp and ink versions because I like the way they smell and feel.

  3. July 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

    i once tried my mom’s e-reader and did not like it – it didn’t smell like books, it didn’t offer me to turn pages (well, they were sort of “switched over” instead of the pleasure of peeking at the next page…)… i was really disappointed and said that i am going to stick to real stuff only.

    however, i have to admit that i did cheat a few times. i have Stanza reader on my iPod and it is soooo sweet. note taking, page-turning (and peeking!) sensory thing… and ability to carry quite a few books in the back pocket of my jeans…

    yet… until they invent a perfume that smells like paper&ink, i am not gonna switch completely… that, and i get sort of a geeky pleasure when i lie on the bed in my room and lovingly gaze at the books that i have collected, counting how many Koontz’ and Dekker’s books i have…

    another thing with e-readers – i get lost with what i want to read and end up reading all of them at random.

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