What the Heck is a Nook and Why Should I Care?
Circumstances came together recently instigating me to buy a Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble. The Nook is compatible with the Library's wide variety of downloadable books in EPUB format. Many PDF books are also usable on the Nook. There are other eReaders that work well with library eBooks including the popular Sony Reader. A colleague recently purchased a Nook and once I played with it I knew it was just right for me. I'm currently reading Ivan Doig's Work Song and have a few other books waiting in the wings including The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Did you know you can place holds on eBooks on our eMedia site and receive an email when your item is available?
You might wonder why an eReader. I don't like to admit it but I'm getting older. My eyes get tired, my hands get sore. Whether it's early arthritis or repetitive stress, it's increasingly difficult for me to hold a book for long after a hard day of computer work. The Nook is light and thin and I can increase the font to extra extra large! It's also surprisingly easy on the eyes, maybe more so than paper. I don't know how they do that but there's a nice matte quality to it.
Another plus is the number of books you can take with you. It can hold up to 1,500 books and it weighs less than a pound! This is great for traveling. I took a trip a few weeks ago and had numerous books with me all on my Nook easily placed in my purse.
I am not forgoing print books for eBooks. I have a stack of books on my night stand right next to my Nook. There are books that the Library doesn't have in eBook format that I feel the need to read. In my life there is a time and a place for both.
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