Why I Love My Nook Color
I can download free books from Barnes and Noble. What can I tell you, I'm cheap. I admit it. And I'm not the only one. I have downloaded 101 books and I only paid for one. The one about the Money Secrets of the Amish. I paid $9.99 to find out that they're thrifty. Go figure. I know they would not have paid $9.99. They'd probably borrow the book from someone.
Seriously, the books that are free are pretty awesome and they run the gamut of genres. Now these books are not free forever, they're available free to download for a limited time only so you always have to check and I don't have a problem doing that if it saves me hundreds of dollars. In addition, they have books that are pretty inexpensive at $5 or less that you can also download.
It has wi-fi. I can pretty much go to any airport or wi-fi spot and use it. I already have a wi-fi membership with Boingo and for less than $10 a month, it's cheaper than a monthly broadband charge. I can surf the websites that I would normally cover with my smartphone but I enjoy a much bigger screen. I can also go to my local Barnes and Noble and read more books that I would have to pay for but I can test drive it if I want to continue to read it and pay for it. Keep in mind that the Nook is an e-reader with wi-fi capability not a regular computer.
It's better than reading a book. I can bookmark a page, I can look up words that I don't know instead of having to guess. Heck I can even make notes. There's no glare so the Nook is great on the eyes and I can even read in direct sunlight!!! If I need to look back somewhere in the book, I can look at the content page or swipe forward or backward along a bar to a certain page. If I am reading more than one book at a time I don't have to carry all those books with me, I just carry the Nook and I can easily access anything in my library.
I have more room in my home. Books take up space, I can now have a library in one slim, compact e-reader. It's freaky.
It's easy to categorize your books. There's a "my shelves" section where you can create a particular shelf for your cookbooks, thrillers, classics, mysteries, bodice-rippers, etc.
If you subscribe to magazines or newspapers, you can use your Nook to read it. Most now have an online version and if you're a print subscriber, more often than not the onlne version is available to you. And you don't have to worry about newsprint dirtying your hands.
If you lose your Nook, you don't lose your library. That's because the digital copies are available in some Barnes and Noble "digital cloud" and you can easily retrieve it by downloading again. If someone had told me five years ago that I can store my entire library in a cloud, I'd be backing away from that crazy. Now, everyone's pushing "the cloud". And I don't ever have to worry about losing a book. However, if I ever lost my Nook, that primal scream that you just heard was me. But fairly soon, I'd probably realize that I can buy another Nook Color, I would just have to grit my teeth while I cough up $250. But it's worth it to me.
The Nook allows me to walk upright. Because the Nook is so light, I'm not loaded down by the weight of several books. I wish the Nook was available when I was a student. I had such a big backpack when I was a kid and it's a wonder I didn't have a hernia when I was 10. Are you listening Mrs. Urban? You are responsible for all the kids in the last 40 years of classes that you taught and assigned the heaviest books in the freakin world that they now hate to read anything. And no, I still don't appreciate what you made us do.
Color is where it's at. I know that the Nook is available in black-and-white but the colors are so gorgeous in the Nook Color. It's such a pleasure to look at pictures when it comes to magazines. For the kids, the children's books can come alive and some even have the option of having the Nook reading out loud to you. You don't have that option when it comes to the printed book.
I look very together when I'm reading with my Nook Color. I don't know why that is, I just do. Even though I know i"m not. And I look cute reading it too.
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