17 May 2011

Moving forward with technology...

Anyone who has read my blog knows that I love my NOOK ereader.

I watched and shopped for ereaders for abot four years before finally diving in and purchasing one. My brother owned a Kindle. I wanted an ereader. I wanted one very much. I was living in the UK and my only option was the Sony. I just wasn't in love with it though. And I smartly began researching. I learned that Sony is known for great software but hardware that is less than desirable. Upon moving back to the US Barnes and Noble soon released the original NOOK ereader. I compared it with what I had learned of other ereaders and fell in love. I didn't actually buy it till late summer of 2010. 

I am absolutely hooked on ebooks now. I find that if I have a choice I choose reading on my NOOK to reading a regular book. I prefer it hands-down. In fact, I have previously purchased the ebook of a title I already owned and was about to read, just so that I could use my ereader instead of the book. My ereader is always the same; same size, same weight. I am used to it. I like that. And I eagerly look forwared to eventually purchasing a color ereader...right now I am leaning towards the NOOK Color unless something else sways me.

I am also not afraid of change. I've homeschooled our kids. I've put some of our kids into school. We moved from the US to the UK and back to the US. I am a seeker of opportunities and embrace change not for the sake of change but for the excitement; and especially when it seems the change will be a good one.

I have to laugh at people who say "Oh, but I love books to much to use an ereader" or those who say "I would miss the smell of a book." Um, really? To me books smell musty and papery/inky. Sure, it's the smell of a book but it's not a smell I am really attracted to. Guess what? My ereader has no smell. And I don't mind at all! My father-in-law was visiting recently and he had exactly the same reaction when he played around with  my NOOK. "Why would anyone miss the smell of a book or let that get in the way of...progress?"

I do see ereaders as a change that brings progress.  Ereaders prevent the use of trees for books. Here is an astounding fact:

"Each year, approximately 30 million trees are used to make books sold in the United States..."
Note: that's only  books for the United States, not the world.

Sure, there are reasons for real books to be printed and used and purchased. There always will be. For me, though, it is nice to think that my switch to ereaders is helping the environment a little bit. 

And, if you've read this far then maybe you'll be interested in reading another little rant about ebooks versus traditional books. It certainly made me smile when I came across it today. I tend not to judge others for not having converted to ebooks. It's a choice; simple as that. Some will convert, some won't. That's as it should be. I don't think anyone should be forced to embrace change, even good change. I do think it is going to sneak up on some people though. I also think it will eventually sneak up on some of the people who are now so steadfastly sure they love books more than those of us who use ereaders. (That proclamation just comes across as very lofty (I'm better than they) to me.) For anyone who thinks they love books too much to convert to an ereader, I am here to tell them they may be pleasantly surprised if they will only take the time to try out a couple of models.

Here's that other link: BookBeeTheBuzzOnEBooks


  1. The only thing I don't like about my Kindle 2 is that there are no page numbers. There is a percentage bar across the bottom, so I know approximately where I am. But, I hate not know how many pages until the end of the chapter. I do love both my Kindle and real books. I was one of those chomping at the bit to get an ereader. When the Nook was delayed I went ahead and bought a Kindle. I love the free books on Amazon! I have a Nook app for my phone, but I don't have any books on it.

  2. The NOOK has both page numbers and a ratio bar. I like that. The way they use the page numbers is that when text size is changed the number of pages to be read on the ereader increases. This means that for the text size I use I will he on thesame page number for three page turns. Works for me.

    B&N took a feature away from ASIC NOOK users: furthest page read. It allowed youth go back in the depths of a book andbe returned to the furthest read point. I miss it. I also don't understand why the featurewad removed or if it will be reinstated. Seems to me it would be a simple, quick fix... No idea why they don't just reinstate it.

  3. Can you tell how many pages until the end of the chapter?

  4. Yes...for exmple it may say 72|297, meaning I am on page 72 out of 297; there will also be the fraction-bar along the bottom.

    I think the Kindle would drive me crazy in that respect; I like to know where I am in a book.

  5. I'm completely with Heidi on the page number thing. And have we worked out the bathtub problem yet? I do some of my major reading in a tub of suds.

  6. Well, Belle, I have... I use my NOOK in the tub and at the pool even. Amazon sells a water resistant case for Kindle but it is ugly and looks like a thick Ziploc bag. I just double-Ziploc my NOOK. I tuck the bag in between the covers that I fold back for reading.


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