Friday, October 14, 2011

I'm not a big fan of birthdays, but this year was pretty sweet. I had a date at my favorite French restaurant, and I finally saw the final Harry Potter. (Believe it or not, HP was still showing at our theater a month before it comes to DVD. And the theater was still half-full.) My husband also finally broke down my defenses and bought me a Nook Color.

I've resisted e-readers for a while, but I accept that this is where the future is going. My kids will grow up with iPhones and tablets, and they'll wonder how we ever lived without them. And now that I've had a few days to play around with my new toy, I have to give it my stamp of approval. I'm not 100% converted yet, because I do still love 'real' books. But here are the things I like about the Nook Color:

* I can download a book in about five seconds from my couch, and it cost less than a hardcover for new releases.
* I can turn the page with one finger.
* I don't need a light to read in the bed.
* It fits in my purse.
* I can actually read my email instead of squinting at it on my phone.
* I can pull up recipes in the kitchen, also readable without squinting.

Just like with Harry, I guess it's the end of an era. How do you feel about the e-reader revolution?

Music for today: Helena Beat by Foster the People


  1. I feel pretty much exactly the same way you do about this. It's just so darn handy, but I still love good old-fashioned books. My husband and I went to Mexico this spring for two weeks and it was super handy to have a bunch of books loaded on there (rather than packing that many books).
    Verdict: It has its uses, but in most situations I'd prefer the real thing :)

  2. I agree I love my ereader (Kindle for me) so I can't read without a light but that's fine. I love it, being able to download a book so quickly and not having to drive into town to get it and saving money oh yeah.

    I love books still but the ereader is convient but also saves space. I was running out of room for my books and given that I refuse to let any of them go as I love to re-read them.

    Glad you are enjoying your new ereader and that you had a good birthday!

  3. Thanks you guys. You both thought of things I forgot- being able to pack for a vacation, and the space problem. My bookshelves are already double stacked, and I just cleaned them out a year ago. The stacks are piling up in my room; one more reason I needed to move on into 2011.