A few days ago Kris mentioned he had a Kindle, and Josh was kind enough to let me talk about me experience with my ereader (the Nook)
When I was younger I was a voracious reader, books were a way to transport myself into other worlds and were my constant companion. (I was the weird kid reading Tom Clancy in 5th grade) Then college came and reading mutated from a pleasant past time to a job I paid someone else to do. Even after I graduated reading was noticeable absent.
I’m not sure what happened 5 months ago to wake me up from my reading stupor, it could be the nerd in me needing a new piece of tech, or maybe after finishing my Masters degree I was just ready to let reading be something I enjoyed again. Whatever it was, I was drawn to the ereader market.
After a lot of research and hand wringing I bought my ereader. Two things became instantly clear:
1. I really missed reading for fun
2. I may never buy a paper book again
Your browser may not support display of this image. I know number two can be sacrilege for some. There are people who crave the subtle coarseness of the paper on the finger tips, the weight of the book in their hands, or the smell of ink on paper. To those ereaders are a non-issue at best, profane at worst. You know what? That’s ok, books and their electronic counterparts can live comfortably side by side… don’t be a hater.
For me, the medium didn’t matter, reading sucked me right back in, like I had never left it all those years ago. I was surprised at how comfortable it was. The most reading I had done lately was surfing the internet where eye strain and a kinked neck were common. With my reader I was able to curl up on the couch next to my wife and be totally comfortable.
Speaking of being curled up on the couch, I found I could see reviews of books I was unfamiliar with, sample new books, and when I was ready buy a book without ever leaving my comfortable reading spot. It’s at this point that I feel compelled to mention Barnes and Noble has a free ebook of the week. While there are plenty of free ebooks out there I feel more compelled to read the books they spotlight and it has opened me up to genres I would never have considered before. (Who knew steampunk vampires in a fantasy realm could be… well… not bad!?)
Pajamas + Indoors + Snow = 🙂
Josh would be the first one to point out that there is a place you can go that is full of nothing but free books. While the merits of libraries have been open to debate (Why I never go to the public library), I think libraries are wonderful things. Even more wonderful is that their catalogue has been moving online so I can search and check out books in my pajamas while the all too soon to be here snow storms are raging. It’s true that the online libraries don’t have near as many
books as the brick and mortar ones do, but their collections are getting bigger all the time, and again, it helps me to try authors and genres I would have turned my nose up to in the real world.
I’m not going to say that ereaders are superior to their physical companions; I’m not even going to say which ereader I think is the best. I simple want to say that I’ve been to this strange new lad, met the inhabitants, ate their food, and sampled their ways, and it is good.
Have any of you guys tried either of these?