Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Curling Up With a Good...NOOK!
Between maintaining my household, spending quality time with my son and the hubsters, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, teaching Sunday school, teaching Faith Kids, hosting a small group, running this blog and so much more....I am swamped and I have so many different thoughts running through my head at any given time.
We had decided on our book club pick about five weeks ago, but I had yet to go pick it up. Of course, the library here didn't have it and I have some fines that I need to clear up; please don't give me the side-eye! We've all been there. A few weeks ago, I ventured over to Borders, because I figured they would have it for cheap since they're, dare I say, going out of business. I'm still very unsettled about that! I like/ed Borders! By the way, if you haven't been there since they've announced they're closing, head over, because there are great deals on everything from calendars, journals, baby blankets, CDs, DVDs, etc. Great Christmas shopping items! Ok, back on topic....Borders did not have what I was looking for and there was no way for them to look it up.
I promise I was going to somehow get the book in the next two weeks and have it read and digested before my book club meeting, when a good friend and book club partner gifted me a brand new Nook! Stunned, shocked, and amazed do not begin to uncover the emotions I felt when I unwrapped the thick green and white wrapping paper. Who really goes out of their way to make other people feel special anymore? I was/am stoked, although I have been avoiding e-readers like the plague up until this point.
I tend to fight technology, because I just don't know when we'll be satisfied. I'm also very old school in thinking that, the old way was working just fine before "they" came out with the latest widget. I've resisted CDs and CD players, DVD players, cell phones, smart phones, flat screens.....I just don't get the point; I guess I'm easily content.
Having this Nook has allowed me to read way faster than before; you didn't know fast reading is one of the powers you get with an e-reader??? I've read over 200 pages in three days time, which is highly unusual for me. Getting free books, also tickles my socks off (I'm a nerd. I already know)! I don't care what it is! If it's free, I'm downloading it! So far, I'm in love, but I wonder if I'll miss the pursuit of the book, which is one thing that turned me off about e-readers.
The journey of going to the bookstore or library and being part of a community of book worms, intellectuals, and learned folks. Searching the card catalog (yes, I said it) or walking up and down aisle after aisle, not quite searching for anything in particular but just excited about being surrounded by books. Will I miss the dank rustic smell of an old book being cracked open for the first time in ages, and the feeling of rediscovering a great book. Will I miss thumbing through a book, speed reading and getting the whole jist of the book in about 10 minutes. I don't know, but for now I'm loving my Nook.
What are your thoughts about e-Readers versus traditional books?