Why I Love (And Sometimes Hate) My E-Reader

Today, I am sharing what I like and dislike about my Nook.  Here we go!

What I Love:

  • Storage: I don’t have a lot of room for physical books, so my Nook is really handy.  I don’t have to worry about finding room for everything I read.  And with all the series I seem to be liking lately, I don’t have stacks of series everywhere.
  • Instant Gratification: In a matter of seconds, I can have all the books I need/want.  Plus, it’s great when I know what I want to get, as opposed to just browsing.
  •  Convenience: It’s a lot easier to carry around than, say, Order Of The Phoenix.  As far as reading several books at a time, I’d say it’s slightly easier to have several books going.  But there isn’t much difference on reading 3 or 4 e-books and reading 3 or 4 “real books.”
  • It’s not obvious what I’m reading.  Generally, I don’t care what people think about the things I read.  And people asking me what I’m reading doesn’t come up.  I just like the idea that what I’m reading isn’t obvious, which means people actually have to ask about what I’m reading, instead of making their decision based on the cover.
  • Prices: I buy all of my books new, so it’s nice to buy something that’s cheaper than a lot of the new, shiny hardcovers.
  • The Daily: I like that they have different things to read almost every single day.  They have different articles on books and every once in a while, they have something about apps.  I’ve found a few (free or really cheap) books that way.

What I Dislike:

  • Having two copies of some books.  One of the reasons why I got my Nook was so I could carry around my favorite books on one device.  But this means I need to buy select books again.  Not everything, mind you, but the things I know I’ll read over and over.
  • The classics: While I love B & N, I hate that a lot of the classics aren’t free.  They have their own version of the classics, with introductions and essays and timelines, and it’s clear they want you to get their version.  Maybe one of these days I’ll have to add them via Project Gutenberg.
  • Browsing: I don’t particularly care for browsing on my Nook.  If you know what you want, or if you like to look at the various lists they put together.
  • The reading experience: As much as I love my Nook, you do miss out on using random things as bookmarks, the smell of the book, and the turning of the page.

So, that’s my list.  I’m sure it’s been done to death, the pros and cons of e-readers, but I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents.  I feel like I’ve forgotten to add something, but looking it over, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything.  Have a great weekend!

2 thoughts on “Why I Love (And Sometimes Hate) My E-Reader

  1. One thing that has kept me from e-readers is that I love lending my books out to friends, like how we used to exchange CDs before iPods.. I don’t want that to go away also, I guess :/

    Great post 🙂

    Edwin

    • That’s true, it is harder to lend books out. I’m getting pretty picky about what I buy, and I generally read really different stuff than a lot of people I know, so it’s a moot point.

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