My Experiences With The B&N Nook

Last week about this time I decided to sell off a bunch of books. My apartment was entirely too crowded with them, and since my grandparents had come to visit so was my garage. So I went outside and decided to get rid of as many books as I could. Now I do have some signed books, some limited edition books, and some books I’ve had since I was in 6th grade (I know cause I got my name and grade written in the front of them in case I lost them, heh). So there were a lot that saved the culling. I’d say there was somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000+ that didn’t.

We used Ashley’s car, and filled her back seat as full as it could be with books. We did that twice. There’s a local store here called Grassroots Books that buys books. I took at least 3/4 of my books up there and sold them. I was surprised that I got enough money from them to be able to buy a Barnes and Noble Nook, but I did. I got the black and white one, not the color one. Now some people may ask why I didn’t wait for a color one, and my brother Sean even asked why I didn’t just get an Ipad. Well, to answer both of those questions, I wanted something that I didn’t have to plug in to charge every night. The Nook Color probably has a pretty good battery life, but I’m willing to bet the black and white nook will outlast it by several days. As for an Ipad, well, they are neat, but I already have an Iphone 4 that does, well frankly it does more than an Ipad can do, simply because of its camera.

Originally I had solicited requests for opinions on the Amazon Kindle. It is slightly less expensive than the Nook, and has a keyboard on it, and I’ve had nothing but good experiences with Amazon as a company. When I solicited those opinions I overwhelmingly heard to avoid the Kindle and go with a Nook instead.

Plus sides to the Nook over the Kindle:
You can lend books to friends for 2 weeks
You can burrow books from the library
Supports more formats
Has expandable memory (you can take a memory card and stick it in the side of the nook so it holds more than the 1500 books that internal memory holds)

So based on those things, and the fact that no one at all recommended the Kindle I picked the nook. Another appeal of the Nook (and this can be counted for the Kindle too) is that in most cases the e-book is cheaper than the hard back, or paper back in the store. This makes sense since there are no printing, or shipping costs involved with getting the book to me. I recently bought The Shattering: Prelude To Cataclysm. It retails for $26 if you buy it brand new at the store. Walmart has it for cheaper than the publishers price. I picked it up in hardcover for $18 and change. Pretty good getting about $7 off the publisher price. But if you go here you can get it on the Nook for $12.99. Which is pretty much half price of the hard cover, and I don’t have to pay any sales tax on it. (That appeals to the Libertarian side of me).

In addition to that, there are some great sources for free books out there to download. Some legal, and some a little bit less legal.

So those reasons are the reasons I chose a Nook.

As for the device itself, there was a bit of a learning curve. It’s not terribly intuitive to begin with. One of the things that confused me a little at first was the separation of a “my documents” folder vs. a “my downloads” folder. The downloads that you purchase from B&N go to the my downloads folder, and the books that I load onto it from other sources go in the “my documents” folder, even if they are books. I’d like to see that corrected i think and have everything in one section without having to go out of the other section to have it corrected. (Since I originally started writing this they have released a new OS for the Nook which allows for greater organization, but does not however correct the original problem mentioned.)

In terms of actually using the device to read, it excels at this in a huge way. I didn’t know how much I would like sitting there and holding a device for that long a period of time and reading with it. I know I don’t like doing it on my iPhone. But the nook actually is lighter than most of the larger (ie: Stephen King size) hard backs. Plus it is very convenient. It has buttons on the left hand and right hand side of the device to advance or go back pages. It remembers where in the book you are, even if you switch between books. I enjoy reading with it, and it allows me to carry a huge amount of books with me wherever i go. I carry it to work and read when I have time. The only downside to this is that you have to have light to read. the screen is not backlit. But the same is true for any paper book you read too.

So over all I’m very happy with the nook. If anyone has any questions about it I’d be happy to answer them.