Imagine my surprise to find this under my Christmas tree yesterday:
I was surprised because I already have a Sony e-reader, which my husband bought for my birthday last March. I use it almost exclusively for traveling, which means about once every six weeks when we come to Florida I’ll buy a couple of e books to last me through the trip.
My first thought upon opening the box was that I’d have to return it. After all the Sony works perfectly well, especially when you consider that e-reading is not (nor will it ever be) my primary reading method. It seems so unpractical to spend money on yet another reading gadget. When I expressed this opinion to my husband (gently, of course, because I know he puts great thought and effort into gift buying), he simply pooh-poohed my common sense approach.
“But this is back-lit, and in color, and it has internet so you can buy books directly on it,” he explained, sounding like the Nook sales representative I assiduously avoid when I go into the store. “Come on, just open it up. I want to see how it works.”
Well, once I opened the box and fired it up, of course I was sold. The backlighting gives the page a nice bright screen with adjustable contrast, which is perfect for my tired old eyes, especially in airplane light where it’s sometimes hard to read the Sony screen. Connecting to the internet directly means I can not only go to the B & N site and browse/get free samples/purchase right from the Nook, I can also highlight passages and post directly to Twitter or Facebook. I can also get copies of magazines (Writer’s Digest and The Writer) and read newspapers (The New York Times).
Despite being quite thrilled with the Nook, in the cranny’s of my mind I still feel pangs of remorse about the Sony. My son originally offered to take it off my hands, but then he opened his present (the amazing, multi-function I-pad), and promptly forgot all about my pathetic e-reader that does only one thing.
Now tell me, were there any bookish surprises under your tree yesterday?