Now I’m A Nook-ie
I’ve been reading reviews of e-book readers, like Amazon’s Kindle, and wondering if they’d really be useful or helpful. Then I read about significant price drops (and maybe a coming price war) between the Nook (Barnes & Noble) and the Kindle (Amazon). So yesterday I got a Nook. Guess that makes me a Nook-ie…
The thing that got me started thinking about it was a conversation I had with Terry G. Terry’s on our town’s library board, and he indicated that the library was thinking of loaning e-books (one advantage of that: when book is due, it just disappears from your e-reader, hence no late fees!). No more lugging those heavy volumes back and forth!
So I did a little research with my favorite review site (go here to read what they say) where I learned the differences between the various options (You can only download Amazon books with Amazon’s Kindle, e.g.) and what I’d expect to pay. Then while searching for other recent e-book reader news, I saw a blurb that said B&N was reducing the price of their Nook ($149 with Wi-Fi only; $199 with Wi-Fi and 3G). So I checked it out and was impressed.
I see now that Amazon has dropped the price of Kindle to $139 ($189 with 3G). But the main reason I got the Nook rather than the Kindle was that I had several B&N gift cards I wanted to use, and I didn’t see any big advantage of the Kindle at least for me. So here are the things I like about it:
- It doesn’t have 3G but does have Wi-Fi – so while I can’t download Calvin’s Institutes while driving across Kansas, I can while sitting in any McDonalds. I can download practically anything I want via my desktop computer
- I can go into any B&N and read any book for free for one hour
- Over a million titles are available and a bunch of them are free or pretty cheap, for example:
- Luther’s commentary on Galatians (95 cents), Confessions of St. Augustine (95 cents), N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian ($11.99); at St. Paul’s we’re going to be reading Tim Keller’s Prodigal God this fall, and both the book ($16.99) and discussion guide ($7.99 re available)
- Downloads are superfast – War and Peace took about 3 seconds, literally!
- I can use Nook to download library books when they become available
- It reads PDF’s, EPUB’s, GIF’s, JPG’s, BMOC’s, BFD”s (a little humor there)
- I can loan a book on my Nook to someone else with a Nook for free (for 14 days), and vice versa
- I can change the size of the font to suit my eyes
So now that Joh and I are going to the Lake next week, I can carry along with me the Institutes and 1500 other books, all one a device that weighs 11.6 ounces and is 7.7 x 4.9 inches and is a half inch thick.