Happy Thursday, all. Suze here.
At the beginning of this year, I finally jumped on the e-reader bandwagon and bought a Barnes and Noble Nook.
Since I’m kinda cheap (yeah, yeah, I hear you snickering out there — okay, frugal) and not a person who needs the latest, most trendy models of anything, I purchased a refurbished wireless/3G version through Barnes and Noble’s eBay store for a bargain price (here’s a link if you’re interested.). I didn’t buy the color version since I didn’t plan to read magazines or children’s books. (The money I saved allowed me to buy a lot more e-books.)
While an e-reader will never completely replace physical books for me, I lurve, lurve, lurve my Nook! It’s simple to use — just search for the book you want, press a couple of virtual buttons, and your next read is there momentarily — and it takes up almost no space.
Why did I choose the Nook over the Kindle? Easy. I wanted to be able to use my public library’s downloadable books system, which does not support Amazon/Kindle’s proprietary format.
Are there disadvantages? Sure. The Amazon store is unavailable to me. So, for example, I was unable to purchase a Nook version of brand and marketing maven Jennifer Fusco’s debut book, Market Or Die: Sensible Brand Building Advice for Writers, since that is only available through Amazon. (Sneak preview: Jennifer will be guest blogging here at the Scribes on September 28! The second volume of her Market Or Die series will be available on September 27.) No worries though. I got around this problem by downloading the Kindle for PC app, buying the e-book, and reading it on my computer. I also could have read it on my Android phone.
Another disadvantage: Who knows where Barnes and Noble will be as a company in a few years? Look what’s happened to Borders — Gone, Baby, Gone! Anybody who’s been inside a B&N lately can see that something’s afoot. My local shop has a hugely reduced number of physical books on the shelves, and seems to have morphed into a toy store. But I figure that since technological gadgets such as e-readers become obsolete so quickly, I’m just not going to worry about it. Something new will come along to replace it, and somebody will figure out a way to make the books in my virtual library accessible to me.
Eventually, I’ll probably go to a tablet computer such as the iPad, which can serve as an e-reader but can also, with the addition of an adorable little wireless keyboard, take the place of a laptop. For now, though, I’m happy.
What about you? Do you have an e-reader? What kind? What percentage of your reading time is spent on physical books versus the e-reader?