Friday, January 14, 2011

I can now carry around a library

So I finally did it....I bought a nook. A nook, for the unfamiliar, is an e-reader sold by Barnes & Noble. Amazon has a similar one called the Kindle and there are a few other brands I am not as familiar with. I have been going back and forth on whether or not to get one for a while.

On the one had you get to carry around a whole library where ever you go. There have been many occasions where I was made to wait and I didn't have a book with me. This was the selling feature.

But on the other I am a huge book nerd. I love the way books feel in my hands, I like the way the spine looks on a new book and how sometimes books keep that new-spine look even after multiple readings. I love meeting authors and getting books signed. I have almost three shelves filled with author-signed books. You can't get an e-copy signed.

But I broke down and got one. It came in this week and so far I am enjoying it. Because I have to be different and don't want just a plain ol' white one, I have a decal coming. There are so many cute decals on there it was hard to choose. I narrowed it down to the library & the book tree.

I have been on Barnes & Noble's site downloading free & cheap books. I will only download legal copies (read this if you are are thinking about downloading illegal copies of someone's books. Please don't). There is also a a website called READS where you can check out digital copies onto your e-reader for two weeks from the library system from your home (you can also borrow audiobook files).

I probably won't have the popular books on my nook, but that's ok. I will buy a physical copy. I can't spend $10 on a digital copy of a book when there are so many books my students at school want to read. I live in a fairly poor area. There are no bookstores around here unless you count Wal-Mart (and while I am glad WM carries books, they don't have a huge selection). Also, the county library is sorely lacking in the Young Adult section. So I feel like I am providing a service to the kids around here. And I like buying books. It's an addiction.

If you're thinking about buying an e-reader, weigh your options & check out the options on each.


Jon and Jenn said...

We bought Kindles this summer. We love them. I usually just get free books. Now I don't run out of things to read, and our luggage weighed less when we retuned to China. We think we will buy our 10 yr old one this summer. She loves some of the classics, and we can get free books for her too.

Dawn said...

I had the same conflict over buying an e-reader; I haven't bought one yet, but I keep thinking about it. :) I'm so glad that you buy physical books for your students. My daughter's class sponsor is an English teacher and she buys tons of books for the kids to borrow. Thank you for being that kind of teacher!

Laurahtje said...

I thought the kindle and the nook looked cool. But I also love looking at the books, and the covers too. But I have to admit I have trouble caring Harry Potter sized books up and down stairs.
Also a friend of mine from grade school has trouble reading books because she can't hold the book open easily. I thought this was perfect for her.
If I left the house more often I would get one. Thanks for review of it.
I am like you I buy books all the time. But unlike you I have a bunch of bookstores close by. We even have a locally owned bookstore 2 books away. I still buy books from Amazon though because it is hard for me to get out in bad weather. So being curled up with a good book on a winter day is just perfect.

sandi said...

I wish we had more locally owned bookstores around here. I'd love to have the resources to open one myself

sandi said...

Jenn- are you able to download books onto your Kindle in China?