As the image and lame songish title suggest, I did in fact take the plunge and get myself an ereader — the nook from Barnes & Noble!
I got my nook a few weeks ago, actually, but was waiting to post until I had pictures and some stuff to say about it other than “Ohmigod it’s so cool!” I picked it up in a B&N store in Madison, which was cooler than ordering online and then waiting for it to come. The sales people were helpful, and as part of a month-long nook promotion, I got a $50 giftcard to B&N! I see ebooks in my future!
I chose it over the Kindle because it’s less proprietary, there is some in-store support if necessary, and it’s easy connect to Google Books with the nook. Also, I got sucked into the color touch screen at the bottom when I played with it at the store. I’m easily swayed.
Things I Like
The nook is perfect for at the gym, which is where I’ve been using it most. I love not having to turn pages or otherwise be awkward when reading. And the make text bigger function works really well too.
I love that you can download free samples of books. When I find one I like, adding the sample is really easy. Buying books is easy too, but I haven’t done that quite as often just yet.
The nook comes with some daily digests you can subscribe to, which I’ve liked reading (when I remember).
Even not at the gym, the nook is quite comfortable for reading. With the cover I got, holding it feels a lot like a real book. It’s probably about the weight of a thick paperback, or a small hardcover book. And the main screen doesn’t have a glare, so reading doesn’t give me a headache at all.
I like how easy it is to connect the nook to Wi Fi, and than in general the connection is very fast — downloading books is nearly instant, and going online with the beta web feature isn’t bad (although I can’t see using it much).
Things I Dislike
Why is nook written without a capital first letter? Dislike 🙂
People who pointed out that Amazon’s Kindle selection was better were absolutely right. The B&N ebook store has been pretty disappointing so far. I’ve had a number of occasions where I book I wanted for the nook wasn’t available, but I could have gotten it for a Kindle.
I also am coveting this Moleskein Kindle cover, which I don’t think will work for the nook. Boo.
In general though, ebook pricing is a little absurd. Many are over $12, which I really don’t want to pay since ultimately I don’t have the book and I can’t share it with anyone else. I know a lot more goes into a book than just the stuff it’s printed on, but the pricing still seems high to me, especially for older books.
But it’s not all bad. Here are some ebook pricing/finding dilemmas/successes I’ve had so far:
- The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann was $19.40 for a book, but $20.02 for an ebook. No way! Amazon had a similar pricing scheme – fail!
- Zetioun by Dave Eggers was not available for the nook when I looked earlier this week, but was available when I searched today for $9.99 – success!
- Crashing Through by Robert Kurson (a 2007 book) was available for $9.99 – success!
That said, I have some good cheap and free options to use, plus the $50 gift certificate I got in the promotion, so I’ll be ebook set for awhile.
I had some initial challenges connecting the nook to Adobe Digital Editions so I could read books from NetGalley. But after about 45 minutes of annoyance, I found a fix in a forum online and was ready to go and could read The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors no problem.
I’m still learning how to use the touch screen at the bottom. My fingers sometimes feel a little fat for it, so for awhile it was really hard for me to use and I kept hitting things I didn’t want to hit. I’m better now, but instead of writing notes I tend to just bookmark pages because it’s less time consuming than typing on the little screen.
So What’s the Verdict?
Despite a little Kindle envy when it comes to covers and book selection, I’m happy with my nook so far. I hope that in the future it’ll be easier to read books across devices so that the overall ebook market will get bigger.
I’d also like to make it easier to lend ebooks — not just for two weeks, and not just to other people with the same device. If we can do it with “real” book, we should be able to do it with ebooks.
Oh, and I still haven’t named my nook — I’m taking suggestions!