Monday, May 10, 2010

The Nook

Two weeks ago I finally made a decision on which reader I wanted and I purchased a Barnes & Noble Nook. I had been on the fence for a while about the whole e-reader thing until I saw someone using a Kindle on an airplane last year and it piqued my curiosity. I’m a fan of the paper book and I think I will continue to be, but there is something seductive about the slim volume that is the e-reader and really think that it will have some great applications for graduate school.

I will admit that I was a little hesitant to buy a Nook. I’d read about some problems online and I didn’t want to make such a big purchase that I’d soon regret. But I finally decided that if I didn’t but something that I would probably just regret the whole thing. When it comes down to it all of them are going to have some kind of problems, so I should just pick one. So I picked.

Thus far I’ve had very few problems with my Nook. It’s force-closed a time or two, but it runs on Android, and it’s to be expected. Some people reported that it was a little hard to get used to the way it opens books, but I haven’t had much trouble. The thing I’ve had the hardest time getting used to is the fact that the top is not touch screen, and that’s more about me than the device.

One thing that I like the best is that you can read whatever you please without anyone knowing. You can read anything from Jane Austen to Lauren Willig from Aristotle to Stephanie Meyer without tipping anyone else off.

It’s great.