musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Today I'm going to focus on my e-readers. Yes, plural. I have an original Nook that I purchased in July of 2010. I named it Myles from the Robert Frost poem, "Stopping By Woods On A Snow Evening." I wasn't sure if I would like making the transition from physical book to ebook. And for a few months, I read equally. Then I realized how instantaneous it is to purchase and read books. And then the final blow: our local bookstore closed. There truly is no bookstore in my town. Or in the towns within a 50 mile radius. In 2012, I bought a Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light and made the transition to reading exclusively on my Nook. For Valentine's Day 2013, I bought myself a Nook HD. I knew my 1st generation iPad was not going to be updated anymore and I wanted the versatility of a tablet. And I've had such phenomenal service from Barnes & Noble that I thought I would stick with the Nook family.

So, here are reasons I like my Nooks:
1) No need to wait.
2) No wear or damage to the books that I get from the library. Nothing gives me the skeeves more than opening a library book that has hair or errant crumbs in it.
3) Everywhere I go I can reference my entire eLibrary.
4) It's lighter than most of the books I read. I doubt I would have read Stephen King's 11/22/63 in hard cover, and I would have missed out on one of the better books I read last year!
5) Reading in bed is convenient.
6) It's lit but not back lit so my eyes don't get as tired.
7) I love my fun and funky covers.
8) The dictionary feature.
9) Reading across multiple devices is a snap!
10) People wonder what I'm reading. And I don't have to explain or defend my choices, unless I want to.

What's the drawback? I can't share books as readily or easily as I did in physical form. That's a big one.


Paula said...

I have the First NOOK Color. I love it. It is one of the best presents I ever received. I rarely buy books....I just download the freebies. I am not a super fast reader as the only time I get to read is at bed time and of course I fall asleep. I wish that borrowing books lasted longer than 3 weeks. Or that you could renew (like at the library) But I have so many books downloaded on my Nook I will not have to worry about it...

Udita Banerjee said...

I have had a Kindle for a little less than a year now and am grateful for it esp when I'm travelling and don't need to add to weight with multiple books. I read real books most of the other times though.

Anonymous said...

Do most people name their eReader devices? I LOVE THAT!!

Unknown said...

Yeah, I also wish I could share reads when using ebooks :)


Anonymous said...

I have a kindle (un-named, I missed a trick there) and have had one for 3 years. I really miss sharing my books with friends but it is so much more convenient to carry around and for reading in bed.

Diana_CT said...

One of the reasons I like my Kindle is at 3 in the morning I can download a new book to read.

JC Jones said...

I still read on the original Nook but I do have a Kindle because Netgalley and Edelweiss will send to it and not to Nook. Here is my MM

Daystarz Books said...

I'm a little torn between my Kindle and physical books. I love the convenience of the ereader for many of the reasons you've listed but I always feel like I don't quite 100% own the books as strange as that might sound. Plus there's no better feeling than getting a book or box of books in the post. Here's my musing: http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/musing-mondays-13/

Cristy S said...

I love my iPad, I had a Nook color first. I love them, my only drawback: I like to read in the bathtub and a book is easier to dry out than an iPad. And I don't like the not being able to share.