e-Reader Device Debate – Why I Chose a Nook

12/10/10 9:07 AM

Ready to hear my reason for choosing a Nook, B&N’s official e-reader? I’d like to say I did months of research and pored over reports and reviews. But here’s the truth.

I’d been thinking about the e-reader thing for a little while and simply decided to pull the trigger. I ordered a Kindle 2 (3G) on July 23, 2010. Why the Kindle? I think I’m a perfect example of how marketing can work. I felt familiar with the brand name, and I’m “comfortable” with Amazon. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with the e-reader most people had (or so it seemed to me).

I WAS VERY EXCITED. (It was an all-caps-shouting sort of excited.)

I tracked my shipment as it left the warehouse and traveled to PA and then CT and then Chelmsford, Mass., on July 26, 2010, where, sadly, it remains. I think. Or perhaps it has been resold on eBay or something. (I like to think that maybe my Kindle ran off with another package, perhaps a big, rich iPad that stole her heart away a la Toy Story).

The Amazon folks were happy to send me a replacement ASAP. The problem, as I reminded the customer service rep when I called on Thursday, July 29, 2010, was that Amazon had just announced it had sold out of its Kindles and that it wouldn’t be shipping the next generation until early September.

I didn’t want to wait. (Yes, I’m working on the patience thingy.)

A guy from my writers group has a Nook and loves it. So I called him, asked him some questions, and decided to go with that. In hindsight, I’m glad I did because I was able to waltz into Barnes & Noble (on Sunday, 8/1/10, for those keeping track), buy one, and have them set it up and give me the lay of the land. Also, you can go to B&N with your Nook and read any book for free for up to one hour a day. And there are special deals when you’re in store — special free downloads and discounts on books plus coupons for the cafes etc.

The only issue I’ve had with the Nook — which is a known issue and a software update will likely fix — is it occasionally freezes up. I need to try popping out the battery in the back because that fixed the issue for my friend’s Nook, but I need a teeny screwdriver and have been lazy about getting one.

I don’t really think you can go wrong with either a Kindle or Nook. If you have the bucks, an iPad would be nice, but I hear from friends who have iPads in addition to an e-reader like a Kindle, that the iPad is heavier and more unwieldy to carry around.

If you need more scientific research behind the dozens of e-readers already out there (Border’s has a $99 version) and the others that will show up before Christmas, follow The Digital Reader blog and browse the archives.

So what made you opt for your e-reader? Was it as scientific as my approach or…? Let me know in the comments.

You can also check out my Facebook page where I polled fans on what e-readers they chose and why (oh, and become a fan if you’re not already!) 🙂

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Posted by Robyn | in e-readers, iPads, Kindles, Nooks | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “e-Reader Device Debate – Why I Chose a Nook”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Robyn, sounds like you found the right solution for you right now!

    I’ve personally had a hard time buying my iPad thus far. I know it’s the right e-reader because it can handle the browsing and email that are as much a part of my life as reading and I’m willing to exchange heft for function. But the price is a hurdle at $730 + data plan. I also haven’t been able to deal with the idea of buying my reading and then not being able to share it the way I give books to friends. Think that model will change in the future? Should we be able to share e-books?

  2. Robyn Says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Jeff. Actually, the Nook has a “Lend” feature — not for all e-books, at least not yet, but it’s there for many. So I can lend an e-book (for two weeks) to a fellow Nookie.

    That said, I think we will see greater “freedom” with ebooks, among all devices (it’s one of the reasons I don’t DRM my documents — I’m okay with people buying and then moving the story to whatever device they want…and I’m even okay with them lending the story to a friend — more eyeballs for me! — but my hope would be that if the friend liked what he or she read, he/she would support me in the future by buying a piece of my work, or writing a review, or talking me up).

    And I think someone should develop an app for libraries that allows people with e-readers to install the app for their particular library and then you could borrow digital copies of books from that library for free (many libraries are starting to stock their digital shelves). You could pay a yearly nominal fee to the library for access to its digital library and then the library would get revenue as well, something that they don’t currently get directly from people like me who walk in off the street and borrow a book. No more waiting for books to come back in, leaner backend operations for the library, more cost effective buying for the library since e-books *typically* cost less than hardcovers, and many other benefits I’m probably missing in this quick reply.

    I’d wait on he iPad. The cost will come down.

  3. Susan W Says:

    I just can’t adapt to the idea of reading on screen. Maybe if I traveled a lot…

  4. Robyn Says:

    I used to feel the same way, and I still hate reading on computer screens. The e-readers are different — it’s not like reading on a computer monitor. The e-reader screens really do mimic the actual page.