Why my friend Sharyn bought a Nook

Email from my friend Sharyn to the Four Major Food Groups & Literary Society, aka our book club.

Subject: Why I choose a Nook

Because I’m a Nerd at heart. I worked with IBM/Microsoft software for 40 years – proprietary software. Kindle has proprietary software. That means if – in an insane moment – I want to download stuff from my Mac (PDF, JPEG, et al) I won’t have to go through an Amazon converter first.

I narrowed the selection to Kindle & Nook. Whenever I travel out of the US, I’ll have downloaded the books in advance.

All I wanted was an easy to read eBook – the B&N Salesperson told me I should buy the B&W Nook and not the Nook Color. I also purchased the 3G+Wireless adapter because I’m not adept with foreseeing everything I’ll want when wireless is available.

The Nook accesses public libraries.

The Nook uses AT&T wireless – same as the rest of my equipment (iPhone user). The Kindle uses Sony WiSprint.

Nookie also has an expansion slot in case I need to carry around over 1500 books at at time. (hah!)

The main advantage the Kindle has – which I wish I could have had – is that there is an inline dictionary. I don’t know how the Kindle reaches the word, but I have to use down/up/left/right arrow buttons on the Nook. Then I choose dictionary from the choice appearing at the bottom touch screen (where the Kindle has a keyboard). Then I see the definition. Maybe Kindle isn’t any better – but the Nook is pretty clumsy.

B&N is a 30 minute drive from our Texas home. In Alaska, I think adding a stop to B&N when I go to Anchorage will be easier than the USPS. (Not that I don’t have the highest esteem for the USPS.)

And …. I could checkout the Nook and buy it before I traveled to the week long visit to the in-laws.

And, Dana sez, here’s a buy link to B&N for you.

(Kerri responded, “I don’t think I put this much thought into getting married.“)

5 thoughts on “Why my friend Sharyn bought a Nook

  1. abberdab says:

    In reference to the dictionary function… I received a Kindle for Christmas, so I can speak to how the Kindle dictionary works. I should maybe mention that I’m an Apple product fan, and the Kindle definitely doesn’t have the “I’m holding the future” feeling that Apple is so good at generating. Having to click actual buttons to go forward and back feels decidedly low-tech to me. 🙂

    Still, e-Ink is so easy on the eyes I find I read it all the time despite its aesthetic shortcomings. But, back to the dictionary thing. I’m an etymology nerd and since receiving it at Christmas, I have found that one of my primary pleasures using the Kindle is my ability to look up a definition and return to my place pretty speedily. You do have to use the arrow keys to get to the word in the first place, but you can approach from the top or the bottom of the page, from whichever end the word is closest. Once the cursor is nestled up against the word in question, a little dictionary preview appears at the bottom, but only a couple of lines or so, usually not the entire definition, and never enough to satisfy my curiosity. Once the cursor is in the right place, viewing the full definition requires a single click. Handily, once in the dictionary, you can see definitions preceding and following your word. I love to browse, so this is great.

    I second the recommendation for black and white instead of color.

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  2. Steph says:

    I received a Nook as a gift last summer. It broke within 2 months and B&N would do nothing about it because the extra warranty wasn’t purchased. My sister also got one that was dead-on-arrival, which B&N did replace.

    So…I bought my son a Kindle. It was easier to set-up than the Nook and more intuitive, IMO. And its been in our family for 3 mo. and it hasn’t broken yet! I’d also like to point out that when I had the Nook, I couldn’t find your Liam series for it but I could’ve gotten it if I’d had a Kindle.

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  3. One of the [many] reasons I took the Liams off Kindle was that the upload screwed up the formatting, which I, much to my chagrin, did not find out immediately. One of the [many] reasons I went into business with Gere Donovan Press to publish them (properly formatted) was that GDP would put them up in all possible e-formats. They, and I hope the rest of my out of print works, will eventually be available to be read on every available e-format delivery device from the Sony eReader to the iPad.

    Man, that sounds cold, “delivery device.” Doesn’t have quite the same feel to it as “book.”

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  4. Steph says:

    Now an iPad…that’s what I’m holding out for next! Glad I’ll be able to read your works on it when (if!) that day comes. I like the e-readers for travel and for the immediacy of having a book when you want it (especially handy for keeping my kids in books!), but I enjoy the experience of reading an old-fashioned paper book best of all myself.

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