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.