Thursday, November 10, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: eRevolution

E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?

I have a Nook "classic" (read: old, outdated Nook -- but then, what electronic device isn't outdated five minutes after you buy it?). I also have the Nook and Kindle apps downloaded on my Droid.

When I first got the Nook, I did it because of the sheer number of books released in eFormat that I was reading and reviewing for LASR. It hurts my eyes to read on the computer and, besides, my preferred reading spot is in bed, and the laptop is a bit clunky for that.

When I bought the Nook I thought I'd still read print books whenever they were available. I loved print. I couldn't imagine switching over to eBooks as a preference.

But I did.

The Nook was actually easier on my eyes than print. Lighter. I read faster on it. I loved the instant gratification of finishing a book and opening (or buying!) a new one without getting out of bed. I love being able to borrow from my library (as a side note -- the books there almost always have waiting lists, so I'm clearly not the only one using an eReader).

When I don't know what I feel like reading, but know I'm going somewhere I'll want to read, it's so simple to tuck the Nook into my bag and go, and have hundreds of books at my fingertips.

I prefer the eInk eReaders and have no interest in a tablet. The backlight hurts my eyes. It's why I read on my Nook more than my Droid -- though the Droid has come in handy for reading now and then. Should I replace my current Nook, I'd get the Nook black and white. I played with one at Barnes and Noble and love how small and light it is -- even smaller and lighter than my current Nook. And since I have WiFi capability from my Droid, it doesn't matter that it's not got a 3G hookup.

So ... do I have one? Yes. Do I like it? YES. Did it change my buying habits? Absolutely -- I now have complete access to pretty much every book in the world and am not restricted to print only.

I still buy the occasional print book. But I'd say that 95% of the books I read now are in eFormat.

What about you?


You Are The Warrior

At your best, you are brave, intense, and fearless. You have guts.

You have no problem standing up for what's right and asserting yourself. You'll fight for what you believe in.

You face the abyss head on, an you challenge your friends to do the same.

You have the guts to be who you are. You believe that you are important and special.

And because this quiz gave me an earworm ... I'll share it with you (and dear dog the 80s were really strange ... this video is just ... nuts -- and yet, I think I have this song on 45):

Happy Thursday!



Anonymous said...

For me it's a 50/50 split, but I buy mostly e-books and borrow p-books.

Anonymous said...

Computer reading hurts my eyes too...

Here’s my Booking Through Thursday post. :)

Harvee said...

I read a really long book pretty quickly, thanks to my Kindle. I am now Kindle-hooked.

Angelina Rain said...

I love my ereader. I bought it a few years ago and have been hooked on it. I love how ereaders (and epublishers) let the reader read things that are a lot shorter then the typical print book. when you don't have all the time in the world, it's nice to read a book that's only 70 pages long.

Gigi Ann said...

I don't have an e-reader, but can see how it would be nice to have when you travel.

Rachel said...

Thanks for posting! I am really interested to read about all the different opinions that people have about e-readers. I have been leaning towards the Nook too but I don't think I will ever like it more than a print book.

My response is at:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Even with some of the advantages of the e-reader, I'm still not completely comfortable. I must have one of the original ones, as there is a glare and I am constantly shifting around to read.

But there are other advantages, like the ones I discuss in MY BTT POST and

Tribute Books Mama said...

I still prefer the actual book.

Brandy said...

I don't have an ereader. At first it was because they were expensive and I was worried I'd drop it and it would be difficult to read on. Also that I felt like I'd be a traitor purchasing an ebook when there is print. (Silly, I know.)
Now? There have been many times I've run out of something to read and didn't have access to print books. Right now the only thing holding me back is cost. I just don't have the money to spare for an ereader right now. Maybe next year.

Great post! I remember that song! Too funny! And my quiz results were the same as yours. *g* 75% correct.

Have a fabulous day!

MJFredrick said...

I could have written this post ;) I bought my iPhone to read on it but the back light was hurting my eyes. I bought the same Nook you have, and wasn't immediately in love, but now...I read almost exclusively on it. I have some paperback books still, that I read in the tub or wherever, but mostly I read on the Nook. I also like that I can get samples. I downloaded a bunch of samples the other day. All without leaving the house!

JLS Hall said...

I still buy quite a few print books, but I'm buying more and more e-books now. And that's a good thing because I've almost run out of shelf space! I don't seem to have any problem with the lighting on my iPad hurting my eyes - the display is easily adjustable.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and happy reading!

Dru said...

I have the Nook Simple Touch and I love it. It is so much smaller and lighter than the kindle. I'm probably 50% ereader and 50% printed book reader.

Do I love my e-readers? Yes I do.