I love a new toy. I really do. Once upon a time, I was a little bit of a techie. The years have passed and my disposable income has waned and I'm not leaning on my walker while complaining about those young whippersnappers and their empeggy things.
And the whole digital book thing nearly exploded my head. I love books. I truly, truly do. And part of that is about loving the stories and the words and the magic between the pages, but part of it, if I'm being totally honest is actually about the smell and feel of a new book. The feeling of your left hand getting heavier and your right hand gets lighter. The feeling of history when you open up a book whose paper is yellowed with age and the feeling of magical discovery when you carefully open a book with an uncracked spine.
I got a Nook. Have I mentioned that? My awesome and wonderful mommy got me a Nook for Christmas and I am a wee bit obsessed. Case in point? The obvious lack of a book in my purse and the fact that I now can neither leave home without my Nook, nor without its charger.
Reading on the Nook is lacking in some ways, of course, but in other ways - oh mama. I don't need a light to read. Because the screen is lit and in fact, has a nifty little "night" setting that makes it really easy to read in the dark. I don't have to hold it, making my arm go to sleep in bed. I don't have to carry two books in my purse when I'm about to finish one.
The best thing about the Nook (and I'm speaking widely about all e-readers, here) is that the world is your oyster. I can check ebooks out of the library from any computer. I can browse and download books from Barnes and Noble from anywhere with Wi-Fi.
While I can't see myself ever completely abandoning the lovely feel of paper betwixt my fingers, I can definitely see the benefits of this. And for now, at least, I am loving the freedom and convenience of reading whatever I want, whenever I want.
Tell me about your experience with ereaders? Fan or foe?