I have been a reader my entire life. To me, there is no greater joy than walking into a bookstore or library and just perusing the aisles looking at book after book, wondering which one I should choose next. Having over 2,000 books in my house is wonderful; unfortunately it reached a point long ago where I was running out of room for them. I decided to take the plunge and buy an e-reader.
I researched my options carefully and was torn between Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle. I wanted the option of downloading books from the library so I decided to go with the Nook. I also liked that the Nook had the option of being able to share your book (one time only) with another Nook user if you choose. I also wanted the 3G option as I do travel and sometimes there are books I just have to have.
I am happy to say that while my Nook won't ever take the place of a hardcopy I really enjoy using it. I wasn’t sure how close to actual ink the e-ink would be but was pleasantly surprised when I booted up the Nook and found that it was almost indistinguishable. I also have to applaud Barnes and Noble for the ease of ordering not only from the Nook itself, but also from their website – one click and the book will be sitting on the Nook just waiting for you to read it. The device also has additional features that allow you to create your own bookshelves – this really helps a reader sort out their books by type and also gives you a place to store the books you have already read, preventing you from having to scroll through a vast library of books to find the one you want to read. The color touchpad along the bottom is also extremely easy to navigate and the keyboard that is available to search for items works very well.