Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book VS Nook

 This is my first review on a product so here it goes. If it is needed, I do not work for any of these companies nor receive payment of any sort. (I guess that makes it official now but if anyone wants to start paying me, I am alright with that).

I am a BIG book person. I find them everywhere. You can find me walking around at a “new” book store browsing through the books and magazines-just checking things out. I also love going to a used book store and finding treasures I have not read yet for half price or less. I can even spend hours at the library just wondering around. Yard sales are even better since I may pay .25 to .50 a book and discover a new author. Since I have many books, I need book shelves to hold them all and a few at that.

I love to read. A good book will take me places. As I read the words, I also see the characters interact, the cities they live in and the world or worlds they travel to. This is almost as good as going to the movies.

I enjoy opening a book for the first time, smell the paper and ink, feel the texture of the cover and the anticipation of starting this particular gem. I will read a favorite book a few times. I know I have memorized some of them.   On the other hand, I am not crazy about when they get older, the color of the paper changes a little, the font is too small-or shrinking on me in my old age and the worst thing is when the book starts to falls apart.

Books have been a big part of my life, until last Friday when I purchased a Nook Touch E-reader. I know, I know, an electronic gadget to read a book? Why would anyone want to do that? Well, let me tell you why. I usually do not read just 1 book at a time. I have had up to 4 or 5 going at once. That sometimes is hard to keep track of when the marker falls out and you forget what page you were on. Also, when going on vacation, I would need to pick only a few books I wanted to bring with me. They are a little heavy. Also the text on some of the books are a little small.

Well, I did research and between all the popular book readers: Kindle, Nook, Nook color, Kobo, Sony and one from Google that just came out. I have a membership to Consumer reports plus reading quite a few reviews on the net. The top 2 in consumer reports and most reviews that I have read were for the Kindle and the Nook. They both are great readers and compare closely.

The Nook Touch finally won out due to a long battery life (both Nook and Kindle have up to 60 days per charge-the Nook color was 8 hours). Also you could rent books from the library and put them on the Nook – the Kindle does not have this option yet but there is to be an update to their software at a later date. The Nook does offer WiFi but not 3G. I can also add my own PDF files on it to read. The font size on both can be adjusted since we all know how it shrinks when we age.

I have only had it for a few days but LOVE it so far. It is easy to navigate on and the touch screen is very nice. The thing I am loving the most on the Nook is I can be reading multiple books at one time and put them on a “book shelf” to keep track of them. When I open any book, it automatically goes back to the last page that I read so no more bent pages or lost book markers.

Presently I have around 50 books (both free and purchased) and even can download samples of books to try them out before I buy. The Nook weighs less a little more than a pound with the case I purchased and not much bigger than a paperback so super easy to take on a vacation and I don’t have to decide between which one I want to bring with me.

I have not totally given up on Books and magazines. I will still keep some and convert a few of my favorites to an electric copy and then start buying less of them. I still see them hanging around for future generations.

If you have not fallen asleep by now, let me know what your view on this is. 


  1. I've been watching eReader developments closely. Haven't bitten yet, but am also leaning toward the Nook for the reasons you mentioned.

    I'm watching the $$ of it. I buy a lot of whodunits in paperback from Costco. Right now that habit would cost me more in an eReader, plus I couldn't give them away when done. But recently I've seen cookbooks and craft books for about 40% less than they'd cost in print. I'd have to go to the color eReader, though.

  2. I think the Nook color is nicer and is backlighting so you can view it in the dark. Also you can go on the web as long as you have wifi available. Our friend loaned us hers for a day and it is nice. A little heavy.

    The main reason I did not go with the color is that it the charge is good for 8 hours. Regardless of which one you get, you can check out library books so that’s a great feature. Drop me a line and let me know which you decide on when you get one and how you like it.

  3. Nice post, John! Geoff has a Kindle, and even being a man of simplicity and shying away from a heavily technological life, he LOVES it. Always reading with it and taking it on our weekend adventures. I like the dictionary aspect of it when playing Scrabble! Electronic readers for the WIN. :)