I love paper book. I love they smell of them and the way they look lined on a shelf. I like turning pages and feeling the thickness of the book in my hands.

So naturally I felt a little traitorous when I began to want an e-reader. It took me a while, but finally I decided I really did want to try it out and Happy Mother’s Day to me! On Sunday I got one!

I got a Nook!

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I’ve only had it for a few days. I haven’t tried everything I need to, but there are a few things I already like:

1. Easy access to a bookstore. Just click a button and you have a new book
2. Most of the classics are free or very cheap
3. I can increase the font size.
4. One page spread. I never knew how distracting it was to read a two page spread until I read on the Nook. I really like seeing only one page at a time.
5. I got this super sassy red leather case. So it’s like every book I read is red. I love red.

The only downer so far…I tried to download a pdf file from online and it worked fine, but I can’t increase the font size for that, and it was too small to comfortably read.

I haven’t tried to download one of google’s free books, nor have I tried the share features or borrowing an ebook from the library. I’ll let you know how that goes.

My first book on the Nook? THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I’ve never read it before, probably because I was perfectly satisfied with the movie, but wow, I am loving it! What a beautiful story!

I still love my paper books, and I will continue to buy them, but the Nook is just a way for me to have more. More, more, more! Everybody love more.

And I still think B&N got the name for the Nook from Dr. Seuss.

We took a look. We saw a Nook.
On his head he had a hook.
On his hook he had a book.
On his book was “How to Cook”
We saw him sit and try to cook
But a Nook can’t read, so a Nook can’t Cook.
SO…
What good to a Nook is a hook cook book?

-Dr. Seuss One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


12 comments

  1. I read a novel on an ipad and LOVED it. I didn’t think I would. Now I’m coveting an e-reader 🙂

  2. I wondered the same thing about the Nook name!

    I have a Kindle (a friend upgraded and gave me their old one) and I don’t love it like I’d hoped. Plus I had trouble remembering to charge it and the cord got lost during the move. I’m not sure technology and I get along so well. I’m glad you love yours so much. I’ll have to try it again.

    • Liesl

    • May 10, 2011

    • 6:13 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the Nook has a great battery life compared to the Kindle.

  3. I have a kindle and I LOVE LOVE it 😀
    My husband also has an iPad, so when I decide I want the color, I steal his 😀
    I’ve heard a few people say that about the battery life. They’re not turning off their wireless!
    It lasts forever if it’s not always searching for networks…

  4. Also – I never liked hardback books, and prefer reading on my kindle to a “real” book ANY DAY. I just miss seeing the pretty, pretty cover…

  5. I have wanted an eReader for a while, but it’s not happening any time soon, unless I win a contest or something.

    Just wanted to let you know that I have a blog award for you on my blog tomorrow.

  6. I don’t have an e-reader, but I do have a paperback copy of the Secret Garden. I loved that book and I always wished I had my own secret garden too. I’ve always been very slow in keeping up with the technological devices, though. I just upgraded my cell phone for the first time in five years; I’ve now succeeded in nearly breaking my new one at least twice in the past few weeks.

    • ali

    • May 11, 2011

    • 5:33 pm

    Haha! Yes! The nook is a Dr. Seuss nod ~ it’s gotta be!

    Congrats on the awesome MD gift. And I agree, I love having the ability to read on my e-reader and I STILL love to buy/read paper books. Now I just get to enjoy even MORE books!

    • Sita

    • May 11, 2011

    • 6:22 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve never read “The Secret Garden”! I’ve read it several times, and probably read it for the first time when I was 11 or 12.

    Which movie version are you referring to? I’ve seen the Hallmark version and the Shirley Temple version, but I preferred the Hallmark.

  7. We are a Nook household. Our extended family are Nook people. I wasn’t really convinced ( despite the fact my husband loves his Nook ) until one night I wanted something to read and nothing on my shelf sounded right. There was my answer, in it’s simple black leather case. Happy to be a Nook family. Still prefer my books.

  8. I just got 1 from mothers day and can’t wait to start using it. thanks for all the cool tips.

    • Liesl

    • May 12, 2011

    • 3:07 pm

    Jen, I know. There are some books where I think it’s a crime that I haven’t read them. Never could get through Crime and Punishment though and I’m not sorry.

    I loved the Hallmark version growing up. I’ve never seen the Shirley Temple version, but there’s also a version with Maggie Smith as Mrs. Medlock and I thought that was okay. Hallmark version is my favorite.

    See you Saturday!

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