On Friday I bought a Nook and a Kindle. If I’m going to self publish, I need to be serious about seeing my formatting in action and those are the two main players on the field right now so that’s what I went with. The Kindle won’t be here until at least Tuesday, but I’ve had the chance to play with the Nook so I thought I’d share what I perceive as some of the pros and cons of ereaders in general and Nook in specific.
Until Friday I hadn’t even seen a dedicated ereader in person. My only experience with ebooks was via apps for my iTouch. I had no idea what to expect really. And I’m sure there’s a lot I’m still missing, but I think I’ve got a good handle on the basics now.
I ordered the wi-fi only, low end version of both the Nook and the Kindle. That’s all I need since I spend most of my day in my house surrounded by wireless signal. I just can’t think of a situation I might be in where I’d have to download a book on the go. I may not always have the exact book I want to read on hand, but I have dozens of others loaded at any time so I’ll never be without something to read.
- Size- I like how portable the Nook is. I gutted a smallish hardback children’s book, lined it with felt, and created a very quick and dirty cover for my device (note to self: measure and mark where to sew the elastic next time). I feel confident about tossing it into my bag for on the go reading.
- An entire library on demand- Of course, this isn’t unique to the Nook, that’s kind of the point of ebooks. But still, who cool is that? I also love the idea of having a built in dictionary.
- Side loading ebooks from other sources- The first thing I did upon getting home with my Nook is search out as many free books as possible to load onto it. I have a pretty good collection of books for my Kindle already, but none from B&N. A quick read through some FAQs showed me that I can load epub formatted books onto the Nook too so I quickly hit up Smashwords for even more free books. (A quick note- I’m reading Deep Fried by Thomas Nesbit right now and it’s a pretty compelling read for all that it’s hard to relate to the MC).
I was even able to side load some DRM protected books that I paid for on Fictionwise and bought specifically in secure format to be read with the eReader app on my iTouch. I was afraid those books would be a total wash since they were secure and all, but I was able to load them like any other book and then unlock them with my name and credit card info on file. All I can say is thank god that I saved my old credit card to use as a paint smearing tool because I’m not sure what I would have done otherwise.
- Customizing the wallpaper and screensavers- From what I understand doing this on Kindle voids the warranty because it involves jailbreaking the software so I’m grateful that t’s so easy to do on the Nook. My only regret is that it’s not color. I spent about 20 minutes playing with a color Nook at B&N while the sales clerk helped a couple of ladies ahead of me. All I can say is that wow, that’s sure a pretty experience.
- Games- That was a fun little surprise.
- Friday freebie books and in store free reads- I think the tie in to the brick and mortar store is a good idea for them as a business. For those of you who weren’t aware, you can read for up to an hour every day if you bring your Nook to a B&N store. It’s from full ebooks, not just samples. The Friday freebie book can be downloaded from the online store at home, which is what I did with no problems.
- It plays MP3s- I love that I won’t have to carry a separate music device.
There you have my first impressions of my Nook. I’ll do a similar write up about Kindle when it gets here and probably contrast the two, as well.