Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nooky love

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.24.2009

I totally want a Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader.

Seriously, I’m in luuuuuuuuuuv.

I’ve been using the Sony eReader for several months now, and I LOVE using it. The screen size is really nice and I like the portability of being able to take my ebooks with me wherever I go.

I’ve also used it for writing—I loaded my story synopsis, notes, and unfinished manuscript on it (I saved them as .html documents and then used Calibre to convert them into .lrf format). Then I took my eReader and my Alphasmart Neo (it’s a small, conveniently portable word processor) to the coffee shop to write—no internet access (which is key for me to have good productivity) and I still had my synopsis, notes, and my manuscript on my eReader as reference.

I’ve been getting all my new books as ebooks lately because (a) it’s cheaper than print books and (b) the books don’t take up shelf space. I have three bookshelves packed 3-stacks deep on every shelf, PLUS books in plastic bins stacked on top of each other. (Yes, Camy is a little crazy about her book collection!)

Basically, if my books fell on me, I’d be dead.

Back to the Nook. While I like the Sony eReader a lot, the one I have is not really compatible with Macs. I can load ebooks on there, but I have to take a few extra steps for each book since I’m converting them from one format (.pdb, Palm eReader) to another (.lrf).

The Nook, on the other hand, reads .pdb files already and is compatible with Macs. The Nook would just make it a lot easier for me to read my already-purchased ebooks, which are in .pdb format because I sometimes read my ebooks on my computer, and .pdb is compatible with Macs.

The Nooks are already sold out until January, but I am thinking that I would like to preorder one. Update: My mom is going to get me one for my Christmas present! It'll arrive in January, but who cares???? I'm so excited!

How about you? Do you read ebooks? Do you use an ebook reader?

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13 comments :

  1. I don't really read or have any ebooks, but if I find something interesting on Google books I'll read it.

    And I totally understand about your book collection. Where do you put them all, including the 20 or so you add every month? Well, I want to do something like my grandmother. She has property out in the boonies, and on that piece of property she has four houses that are little more than storage for all her books. I love perusing her library :).

    ~Sasafras

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  2. I don't use an ebook reader, but when you get your Nook, I will take your Sony ereader!! LOL

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  3. I don't have a mac (I know ... the world may now sob for me.) so I can't relate to that, but I LOVE books and I LOVE my Kindle. No, I mean really L-O-V-E my Kindle. I even blogged about it. You can read my thoughts here.

    The only downside to ebooks: I can't share them. None of my friends have ebook readers yet and so ... well, my personal library might be closing.

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  4. I struggled between the Nook and the Kindle. I went with the Kindle, it should be here any day. I'm looking forward to checking it out!

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  5. When the Kindle first came out, I really wanted it, but couldn't afford it. Then I got my Sony eReader as a gift. I've used that thing SO much! Now that the Nook is coming out (and I already have all those .pdb format ebooks on my computer), I could totally see spending money on a Nook simply because I see how much I already use my Sony eReader. I couldn't have said that before I got my Sony, or when the Kindle first came out.

    My agent has the Kindle and LOVES it! I totally believe that after using my Sony so much.
    Camy

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  6. I just looked at the Nook and I want one too! I also have a Mac and would love an eReader that was compatible. Also I love that you can "lend" the books to your iPhone or iTouch, etc. Very cool. And it's sleek and has color. So cool.

    Want one.

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  7. Kim, to be honest, I don't really see myself lending my books out much since so many of my friends don't read fiction. Yes, sad but true.

    I also love that the Nook has a color touch screen! That is just way cool!

    And I have an update! My mom is buying me a Nook for my Xmas present! (Altho it won't arrive until after the New Year.) I begged, she caved. :) Plus it was better for me to ask for what I really wanted rather than leaving it to chance, because then I might get something I can't use. You know how that goes...
    Camy

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  8. im way late on this post but I just saw you are getting one for Christmas im happy for you. I saw it when they first mentioned it and said I WANT one. One of the girls in computing class got a kindle so I got to see it and its an international on. They nook they say isn't but I hope it will be cos the other readers are not here either. but it looks so cool.

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  9. Jenny, are you sure it won't work internationally? I think for the Nook you download the ebook to your computer and then load it onto the Nook, rather than directly like the Kindle.

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  10. Have you heard that Apple may be coming out with what might be called the "Slate" e-reader?

    That may be interesting.

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  11. I just saw this come through your yahoo group.

    I test drove a Sony eReader during the summer and yes, absolutely loved it as well. I could have bought it at a very reduced rate too except for one thing--it wasn't backlit. I decided to keep my money and wait until the non-Kindle one I really wanted came on the market.

    Now I'll go check the Nook and Slate and see if they're what I've been waiting for.

    Thanks Camy and Rick.

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  12. im not sure just that they say they are not selling internationally.

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  13. I saw the rumors about the Apple tablet or slate, but I think it might be more like a Netbook than an ereader (and if that's the case, I'm totally getting one b/c I'd love a Mac version of a Netbook).

    I like the ereaders because they've got that eInk technology, which is much easier on the eyes than traditional backlit screens like most computer monitors and the iPhone/iPod Touch. You can read an eInk eReader for hours without eye strain.

    So Anita Mae, that's why the big eReaders aren't backlit. If you got a backlit one, it might be a little harder on your eyes for longer reading periods of time.

    Camy

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