I’ve Been Nook-ed

Never in a million years did I think I’d succumb.

Give up the scent of the paper? The gentle crack of the spine? The turn of the fresh new page? Are you kidding me?

And then bloggers showed photographs of our Mount(s) TBR.

And then my friend, Joe, showed me his Kindle.

And then I began seriously considering the situation.

I arrived at this conclusion; with an e-reader from Barnes and Noble I’d have:

  • storage and shelving problems solved
  • the print enlarged for easy reading with my contacts on
  • bestsellers “for a song”
  • books that I love to read, but which are hard to find, accessible
  • previews of books I might want to buy at my fingertips
  • the ability to read e-books for free in their store

My son had given me a Barnes and Noble gift card many years ago which I’d been saving and saving. When I saw that their Nook was reduced to $149.00, with more capabilities than amazon’s Kindle at $169.00, I added an extra $75.00 to his card and took the plunge.

I am now a happy woman.

I’d be even happier if my husband wouldn’t rush me through bookstores so quickly. But, I guess it doesn’t matter now. I have one at my fingertips.

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48 thoughts on “I’ve Been Nook-ed”

  1. After every book on that TBR is read, you would never get to smell or feel the pages from then on. But you just get drawn to it right? Like magnet, like it's inevitable or a must.I know that someday I would have to sacrifice the smell and feel of books for this. And the next thing you know? We'd be buying the iPad.Oh dear technology.

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  2. Congratulations!My family gave me the first generation Kindle a year after it was released. I wonder if I had waited if I would enjoy the Nook a bit more….but I am definitely pleased with the concept of carrying a library with me at all times and weighing only 1.5 pounds 🙂

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  3. I really love my Kindle. I don't read everything on it certainly, but when I get on a roll, I use it a lot. We're going on vacation at the end of next week and I will be, of course, taking it along. Lots and lots of books will go with me. You're right in thinking that the bookstore goes with you. The only thing is my impulsive wants. Can't seem to solve that, but there's lots of room for books on these e-readers. Enjoy yours!

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  4. my husband gave me a Kindle for our anniversary and I LOVE it!! the one feature I liked about the nook was being able to share books with others, but most of my friends that even had one, had a kindle.

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  5. I've been considering getting one as well — I, like you, love the feel of a book in my hands, but I travel so much for work that I can't always take a big hardback with me. At the San Diego airport once, I asked a gentleman who had a Kindle if I could take a look, and I was so surprised by how light it was, and how easy the screen was to read as well. I've got my birthday coming up in a month and a half, and I've left very subtle hints to my husband…okay, maybe a hint more like a flashing neon sign! 🙂

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  6. I bought my Nook on Saturday. I'm still going to be buying traditional books, but this little device is great! Not only will I never be without a book, I will have a plethora of choices at my fingertips. And I love the different author portraits that pop up when you close down your device! The first thing I did was download the free B&N classics being offered right now.

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  7. I also succumbed – "Wilbur" and my library e-book access are becoming great friends. Yes, I do have a picture from Charlotte's Web as my wallpaper on it ;-)I confess I did have a weird glitch with my first nook (something I didn't see anyone else on the nook support forums having so I truly think it was a fluke). It would randomly reboot instead of wake up so I kept having to wait to read and of course it was at the most inconvenient times. The online support was quite helpful and walked me through restoring it back to factory presets and then reloading all the updates. Alas, this did not solve the issue, so since I was within 30 days of my purchase I took it back to Best Buy this weekend and quickly and easily exchanged it for a new unit (with which I have a new 30 day exchange period). I was able to reload my library on the new unit and can happily report that "Wilbur" is behaving much better than his evil twin. I think what tipped me over the edge was when we went to Mexico last winter and I took 6 books in my suitcase. I saw lots of travelers with ereaders and just decided that with baggage fees getting ridiculous that the space for those 6 books in my suitcase could have been better used for shoes.The recent price drop on the nooks moved it from the want for Christmas list to the I'm going to just get this for myself list.Now I'm getting ready to go on vacation next week and while I'm still taking a couple of books along with Wilbur, I'm not taking nearly as many as I did last year.

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  8. Congrats on your Nook! I think if I ever get one it's either the Nook or Kindle. Although I sort of want a Nook more as I've seen it at the bookstore you know. It's very nice looking. Have fun reading!

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  9. Bold choice ;)Hope you enjoy your new e-reader!I can definitely see all the advantages, but I can´t read well from a screen. I have to do that for uni all the time and hate it.

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  10. Wow have fun with your new toy! I've been sorely tempted but don't think I'm ready.. first I must finish all the books on my shelves.. haha.

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  11. It is beautiful, isn't it? But I loooooooove my books. Even though I'm trying to get rid of them by the boxful, I still love them. Love I tell you. :)But very valid points you make, Bellezza. Look forward to hearing how you like it.

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  12. I had no idea Barnes and Noble had one. I'll check it out. I was considering the Kindle mainly to get newer novels that are not available where I live. I don't think it will ever replace books for me though.

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  13. Wow. The world is changing…Am beginning (just beginning, mind) to appreciate the benefits of e-reading for travel. But I'm too addicted to print and paper & would go nuts without my "fix."Enjoy your nook, Bellezza! You are a braver woman than I.

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  14. My Sony reader is wonderfully convenient for traveling. I still return to regular books when I'm home. Here's one thing I miss with the e-reader…being able to easily page back and forth in the book to look for a certain passage.Have fun exploring your new toy 🙂

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  15. Another thing I miss is turning the corner of the page the teeniest little bit to mark it for having an especially important passage. Granted, I can 'bookmark' the nook, but I can't tick the passage for easy finding.

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  16. This sounds so enticing. I know it's just a matter of time … Please do write about your reading experience, in contrast to the traditional … I suspect the actual experience may be quite different. Look forward to your posting about that. Happy reading!

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  17. It worries me when book bloggers get these and say that they have given up on books, I am hoping thats not totally the case with you. If we all give in thats books gone… I refuse to believe that will happen. Thats not me judging by the way, just me worrying I think. Ha! Glad you are enjoying it, I had one – not a nook – and didnt like it, its going to Granny Savidge Reads!

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  18. Savidge Reads, I would never, ever, ever give up the real books. Couldn't stand the thought! They're still easier, and more enjoyable, for me to read.I think I like this for travel, most of all, but also with the print enlarging capabilities it helps this girl. (Granny? 🙂

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  19. I was in Barnes and Noble Sunday afternoon and they had their table up. The price was $149. I held it, read from it, and listened to the nice man who told me all about it's wondrous features.I didn't like the feel, the inability to turn pages, the fact that I couldn't turn corners, write in the margins, etc.etc.I finally decided my problem is I don't "read" books, I "live with" my books. I'm just not ready, I guess.

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  20. Many friends like this change. Me? Holding out. I was also the last person to get an answering machine, microwave, and the internet. My cell phone is very old, but I can see the numbers. But not to hold a book in your hands. And the pleasure of underlining favorite phrases when it is a book I own and not a library book. Took me forever to write in books (my elementary librarian embalmed in my brain to respect the pages of a book.) I suppose, one day, I must succumb.However, the report from those who do the purchase is most tempting.

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  21. Shore Acres and Midlife Job Hunter, I am so with you. I dislike not writing in the margin, underlining a certain passage, feeling and smelling and holding the book (with real pages) in my hands.This Nook certainly does not answer all our needs when it comes to reading, nor our senses in living the experience.I think it is most useful for storing and traveling, but I will never give up my real, live books. Ever.

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  22. Bellezza, that is just fab! I've been itching to get an e-reader – I'm leaning toward the Kindle. I'm so jealous 🙂 Hope you enjoy your new bookish toy! Cheers!

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  23. Everyone I know has a Kindle, except my dear sister-in-law; I'm hoping she and I can share books through Nooks lending system. We have a Barnes and Noble not a mile from our home; that's probably why I went so readily to Nook over Kindle. That and the gift card from my son.

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  24. I waited forever too. I just bought a Kindle six weeks ago and I'm extremely happy. My old eyes love the way I can make the font bigger and put less words on each line. I'm also reading some of the old classics that are available free. It's a wonderful invention.

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  25. Margot, the font size which can be enlarged is fabulous! I also loaded all kinds of free classic literature. It kills me that it's available for no cost now, because everyone wants to read the books on the bestseller list.

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  26. You'll probably wind up knowing more about the Nook than I do — and I really should know all there is to know about the device, but I haven't taken the time to educate myself too well. I had a customer ask a few questions about the Nook the other day and I was so relieved when another bookseller stepped in to help me. I'm not a techie and some of the questions can be very involved!I downloaded my very first ebook this past week when we were en route to Virginia. My "real" book wasn't grabbing my attention, so Rod said I should shop for an ebook and load it on my iPad. I wound up with a Jennifer Weiner book (wanted to try something light and fluffy) and read it with my iBook app. I could have used the B&N Reader app (or the Kindle app, for that matter), but I was in a hurry since we were about to take off. Let me just say that I love reading on the iPad! I turn the pages with my finger and have the font set so I don't have to wear my reading glasses. I feel like I'm reading faster since I'm turning the pages more frequently. Of course, that's not accurate, but it still feels like I'm moving forward in the narrative faster than a regular book.Will I give up "real" books? Never! Will I buy more ebooks? Most definitely.Here's to the future!Oh, I almost forgot…did you get a cover? Is it the Kate Spade? 🙂

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  27. Les, you not a techie, but at the same time talking about things such as apps for your iPad?! I would love an iPad, but my husband said that it would cost too much each month; plus it's hard to justify the cost when he just bought me my own laptop for Christmas last.I'll buy more ebooks, too; like you, I love the abilitiy to buy something I want Now, and I also love the ability to increase the font size. I did buy a cover, but it's not anything Kate Spade-ish. Just a very utilitarian dark gray. Still, I think you made the wisest choice with the iPad. And, how did Jennifer Weiner's book strike you? 😉

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  28. The e-reader function that attracts me recently is the ability to highlight word and look it up straight away. That would be awesome. Right now I need to type it up on my iPhone dictionary to look up words I don't know. I know I will buy an e-reader someday, but I'm not rushing. Will wait for the price to go down and everything (especially in Australia). Congrats for you. You're a convert now! You're on the other side! 😉

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  29. I'm still reading the Weiner book. It's ok. Nothing too deep or literary, which was perfect for our flights. BTW, I only spend $15/month for my 3G service on the iPad.

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  30. Oh – so you have been tempted by the e-reader now 🙂 Hope you are enjoying reading it. I agree with you that a normal book cannot be replaced and the reading experience is unique, but an e-reader has its own uses – like reading while travelling – one doesn't need to carry many books then. I am always the last to get into new technology – so I think I will continue to resist the e-reader 🙂

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  31. Unfortunately, I disagree with the e-book and e-reader technology. Devices such as the Kindle or Nook are just yet more gadgets that cut down on the need for human interaction. I can see how e-readers would be useful, as they are portable and you can have many books with you at once. However, the printed word has been such an important part of the development of civilization that the paper book has become an indispensable part of humanity. I don't discourage the advancement of technology overall, but this is one device that I don't think we need.

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  32. Allegra, I agree with you that books take top priority. I simply appreciate my Nook for its portability and storage; it will never replace the printed word in my library. I just finished reading Middlemarch, by George Eliot, on it; it was nice to have the print enlarged. 😉

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