Come to the dark side… we have books

Books and ... well, books
One of this week’s developments is pictured above. The Sherman Alexie book is cool, of course (way bigger than I expected; then I learned it’s “New AND COLLECTED stories, so that makes sense). But that thing on my right … wowza. It’s my splurge from my work bonus last month*, a Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble. I know the display shows that I’m listening to Pandora radio, but trust me, it’s an ebook reader too. And so much more, as B&N would say.

I had been waiting because they announced a new and improved product lineup coming in November, but I don’t need the absolute latest and greatest. I do need to keep up with technological developments, as I told my manager at work. Sure, I still help create books for a living, but the world is evolving. That’s why I bought it, not because I like shiny new toys. Oh yeah.

No, it’s seriously fun. And it’s been easy to read books. I have two ebooks now, plus a children’s book (for free!) that I can show my great-nieces tomorrow. I also loaded some photos and a couple of PDFs I worked on, just to see how that works. The tablet has a web browser, which I’m still getting used to — I might need to borrow the stylus from my old Handspring PDA to improve my ergonomics with that.

I figure I will buy traditional books for authors I collect, like Alexie, but there are a lot of other books I’ll buy in ebook form when I don’t feel I can devote more physical shelf space to them. I still really enjoy the physical experience of a book, bibliogeek that I am. But anything that gets more books read is OK as far as I’m concerned. I’m looking forward to enjoying my new little gizmo.

* Besides the new timing belt on the car in Botkins, Ohio.

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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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2 Responses to Come to the dark side… we have books

  1. kenny2fl says:

    My wife has a nook, which I call her “nookie”. I can truthfully say — “She likes her nookie”. I discovered that I could obtain stuff, mostly old, obscure historical materials, for free. This stuff is not generally conventionally available. Try a search on something like “Montana history” — or whatever — you will probably be amazed at what is out there at little or no cost.
    My laptop has a book service called Blio. It doesn’t have anywhere near the inventory of nook.

    • songdogmi says:

      I’ve called mine a “nookie” too. I guess I have to be careful where I do that.

      That’s interesting about old, obscure historical materials. I will have to keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip!

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