Or is it an e-Reader? Or possibly an e-reader?
Recently I was lucky enough to be re-gifted a black and white Nook for Christmas. Despite my interest in shiny new things, I had put off getting one for some time.
a) I’m frugal
b) I could always read e-books on my iPod Touch,
c) I’m concerned about e-books and the digital divide.
d) Past experiences trying to read e-books on a computer screen had not impressed me.
e) I hated the idea of possibly not being able to control access to e-books I’d purchased. I’d heard about Amazon deleting illegal copies of 1984 (of all things) from Kindles . When you buy a print book, it’s yours and that’s the end of it.
One month later…
The good. So far, I like the Nook. I can definitely see the appeal of getting a book delivered to you instantly.
It uses e-ink and is backlit, so there’s no eye strain.
You can read library books on it, if you have online access to a library with Overdrive.
The bad. It doesn’t have 3G–not a big deal. A bigger deal? I can’t download free e-books from the Project Gutenberg site. I can do this with my iPod Touch, if I use the Kindle app.
The ugly. Unfortunately for me, the closest library with Overdrive is 70 miles away, and requires a resident library card for access. (OK, OK, so that’s really not the Nook’s fault). Even with this access, I’d have to download Overdrive’s software on my computer, find a book that wasn’t checked out, download it to my computer, and *then* transfer it to my device.
- Tutorial for Putting Library Books on Your Nook (beingruth.com)
- Nook: First Impressions (shanshantastic.wordpress.com)
- Review: Library e-books easier, but still hassle (sfgate.com)
- Kindle vs. Nook on Twitter; Kindle review on Amazon: library lending Kindles (teleread.com)
- Public Libraries, Why aren’t you lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER and SONY eReaders? (libraries.wright.edu)