Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NEVER SAY NEVER

It is too soon to tell if this is true love.  I know that I have loved books since I was old enough to climb the steps of the bookmobile and check out the maximum number of books each time.  I have fantasies of floor to ceiling bookshelves full of books and other special objects.  Ive been lugging boxes of books from home to home since I was in college and have many of them in storage waiting for those fantasy shelves.

I believe I have said the e-readers will never be for me.  I may be wrong.

Tom bought me a Nook Color for our anniversary.  I spent a few days checking it all out, reading the info about all the stuff I can do with it.  I was also reading the new Alice Hoffman book, The Dovekeepers, which runs about 400 pages.  I found myself squinting at the pages and having to put it aside when my eyes got tired.

So I went online and bought the download of the book.   At $14.99 it was about what I pay for  some paperbacks - and this was a new release. (In fact I was the first one to get it from the library!)   I pumped up the font size and got to the place I had left off.  I am so happy with it!  So easy to read and I get tired of sitting before my eyes get  tired.  I am going through the book at a rapid pace (it's really great, by the way) and so now I am thinking about my wish list of books for future downloads. 

I also ordered a couple of real, ink and paper books I know I will want to keep for when I get those shelves...

9 comments:

writingtowellness said...

I love the touch, smell, emotional connection to books one can hold. Since buying a Kindle 3 years ago, however, I have been an e-book collector. I read books on my iPad via the Kindle and Nook apps. Nothing like carrying 20 books on a 2-week vacation to feel secure. Being able to read in bed without a light is real plus - outdoors, not so good. Adjusting the font to fit my tired eyes, genius. OK, so I can't recirculate paperbacks, but I also don't add to the trash heap. We already have enough overstuffed bookshelves in the house for me to feel secure ;-)

hokgardner said...

I said never about e-readers, and now you can have my kindle when you pry it out of my cold, dead fingers.

knittergran said...

I said "Never" also, but then I saw a Kindle and it was all over. I love e-reading!!! Let us know if you find you are reading even more than before you got the Nook-I sure have-it's so easy to "go to the library and bookstore," so to speak.

smalltownme said...

Enjoy your Nook! There is room in the world for both real and virtual books. I have the original Kindle, but now I'm using the Kindle app on iPad and iPhone. Most of my reading material is still from the library, though.

Cassi Renee said...

I love my Kindle! Especially that I can up the font size --my eyes are so appreciative.

However, I do also love the touch, smell, and look of actual books. Sometimes, with my favorite authors, I'm tempted to buy both -one to read and one to see on the shelf. I haven't actually done that --yet.

yogurt said...

Noooooooooo!

Nan said...

I look at a Kindle Touch and think stuff like "for that amount of money, I can get 50 books at Goodwill and won't have to worry about batteries going dead." They're going to have to drop a lot lower in price before my basic cheapness doesn't win the mental debate.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My favorite thing about my ColorNook is that I can read in the dark. My second favorite thing is how light a 700 page book is.

Hypothetically, if we could have someone teach us how to "hack" the files we could trade books. Hypothetically of course.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

I love my Nook. I got the basic one and regret not getting the color one.