What the Heck is a Nook and Why Should I Care?

I have read eBooks occasionally over the years, on my old Palm PDA, on a laptop, even on a regular desktop computer. I never thought I would get a special eBook reader as I've been hoping for the long awaited converging mobile technology, the phone that will be small for the pocket but large for reading, capable of doing all things but still fast.

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.

Written by Michelle on August 12, 2010


Anonymous on August 12, 2010


Does the ebook disappear from your nook when the loan period is over?


It doesn't disappear but after it expires you won't be able to open it.  You will have to delete it from the Nook and from Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. This is due to something called digital rights management.  We buy a copy to be used by one person at a time, just like a regular book. When the item expires, the next person in line gets notified or it goes back "on the shelf" for others to check out.  Hope that helps! 

Carol on August 17, 2010


Is this compatible with Kindle?


Hi Carol,

Unfortunately, the Kindle does not support eBooks with digital rights management (how we check books out to you and have them returned for use by other customers).  If you are in the market for an ereader and would like to use library eBooks, please see the list of compatible devices

Hope that helps!



Kathryn on December 2, 2010


Do you know about how many ebooks the denver public library has?


Thanks for your question!  Here is what I know without digging deeper which I'm happy to do. Let me know if you want more information.  We have 1,092 EPUB titles, 3,768 PDF titles, and 1,160 Mobipocket titles.  Sometimes we buy the same title in multiple formats so I can't add those numbers to get the total of unique titles. The other thing to keep in mind is that we often buy more than one copy of a title so this is just title information.  I hope that helps.

Are you an eBook reader?  I am currently reading a rather odd book, Mr. Peanut, on my Nook.  I'm not sure this one will work out in which case I also have Super Sad True Love Story and Solar downloaded and ready to go!



Thanks michelle!
No, I don't have one yet. I am considering getting a reader but trying to figure out which one would give me access to the most library titles.

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