I now officially own a Nook. This was not a decision I took lightly; I probably spent as much time comparing the Nook to various other e-book readers as I took evaluating my next car purchase. I’m old and I’m stingy, so I want the most bang for my buck, and I feel like I’m getting it with the Nook.
What sold me on the Nook over the iPad, Sony, and Kindle? A lot of my decision was based on personal lifestyle choices. What works for me might not work for you in terms of what you want or need from an e-book reader. Here are a few things I considered:
- Free 3G to download books, and it works beautifully. The download is speedy and I haven’t had a problem with it yet.
- Barnes & Noble are also connected with Google books so I can download books in the public domain in either PDF or EPUB formats. Since I read a lot of history and religion, this works well for me, because even though these books are dated, the information is still viable and will often lead me to more current sources.
- So while we’re talking about PDF and EPUB, I want to add that a major factor for me was the Nook’s ability to play well with others. That is one thing that turned me off from the Kindle and any Apple products; they tend to want you to use their stores, their equipment, their prices.
- Wi-Fi — the screen is very tiny and not very easy to navigate, but I only wanted to have the Nook’s Wi-Fi capabilities in a pinch. I don’t need Wi-Fi unless I’m away from home, and most hotels have Wi-Fi services. For the majority of our trips, I take my laptop; however, if I need to leave my laptop at home, I wanted a way to check messages without signing my soul over to AT&T. With the Nook, I can make a quick check of e-mail messages on the hotel’s Wi-Fi, and if there is a message that needs an immediate response, I can use the hotel’s business center.
- The ability to download PDF documents that I create to the Nook.
Granted, I’ve only had my Nook for a little over a week, but here are some things I’ve found:
- Downloading e-books is easy, probably too easy. This is not a good toy for a woman with instant gratification needs and a credit card.
- PDFs can display very, very tiny, but you can change the font to make them readable; however, this will occasionally also distort some of the paragraph spacing. I didn’t get consistent results, although more PDFs displayed properly than not, even with the largest fonts.
- Fonts are easy to read and I love the display.
- This is a super, super e-book reader for students. I was able to download PDFs of scholarly articles to the My Documents files of my Nook. When I’m done with the article, I can delete them out of the files.
- All of the My Documents files are easy to access. The Nook works just like a flash drive, so I can delete old files easily.
- Managing My Library requires that I be online, but that’s okay too. So far, so good.
- The Nook is light and easy to hold. I purchased a cover for mine and I absolutely love it. It feels like I’m holding a paperback.
- The pages turn fast, which is good. I’d expected more of a delay and was pleasantly surprised.
- The device is very user-friendly, and I’ve only had to consult the manual once.
- The functions are easy to use, but it took me a little time to get used to how hard to tap the screen (not very) to move to the next function.
- The digital keyboard is lot easier to use than I initially expected, and now I find myself flying through my searches. Very nice.
- Was mildly peeved when I purchased my Nook on May 28 and in June, B&N comes out with a $50.00 e-book certificate for anyone purchasing a Nook. I missed it by only a few days, but hey, those are the breaks, kids.
That’s been my experience so far, and I’ve really found myself enjoying my Nook. You may have completely different needs when it comes to what you’re looking for in an e-book reader. For example, if you need to be connected to the Internet 24/7, then you might want to look at an iPad. Me? I just wanted something that I could load with a variety of books for traveling purposes. The Nook fits my lifestyle just fine.
What about you? Do you have an e-book reader and if so, do you like it? Are you considering one?