It happened. I was enamored with the ereader / ebook craze. Because what I need is more technology, right? It makes me a better person. Really.
So I did what any compulsively detailed dork does: RESEARCH. (I’m a High C / Emerald / Beaver / ENTP; Pick your favorite personality method).
After tons of research I decided a Barnes & Noble Nook was the ultimate ereader.
- The Nook has an open book store (I can pick from 3 or more stores).
- Epub format = Free books
- I can borrow ebook from the library. They had like 10 books I might read. I’m saving $100
- I can change the battery (I’m going to wear this thing out cause it will make me a reading maniac).
- Touchscreen. Oh, pretty! Color! Fingers!
- No silly keyboard; Who needs it?
- SD card slot; Because I’m going to read 4000 books
- It was big, thick; like a REAL book
- It runs on Android. That’s google. It’s an open format; the wave of the future.
So I bought a Nook. I was excited. I waited and waited. I watched the UPS tracking. Finally (after 3 days), it showed up on my doorstep. The poor thing had to waiting 2 hours in the bleek Indiana weather/snow until I arrived to bring it home.
I turned it on… I tried to buy a book. Something was wrong… I hated it.
I was confused. I did my research. I didn’t make bad choices (not me!).
I wrestled with my research. How could I hate something that I spent so much time looking forward to? Was I missing something?
Then I found it. The hidden reason. I was cheating.
I had spent the last 4 years buying (happily) from Amazon. They had become my Santa Claus; my special delivery neighborhood mailman.
Amazon became the perfect movie that makes the new film you’re watching seem second rate. Amazon was my guide. I use it’s iPhone app to price check anything over $20 at the store. It scans the barcode and says, “Hooray what a great deal, Target. Buy it! or "Boo. Save $9. Bad, bad Bestbuy.”
How could I turn my back on such a dear, technologically advanced friend?
So I popped my Nook on Craigslist. It sold quickly and I was free.
So, after all that here’s why I bought a Kindle:
- The Nook has an
openawful book store. Amazon has mastered shopping/reviews, and has a plain awesome bookstore. It’s easy to use and has reviews that I trust. B&N.com reviews were jumbled, didn’t match the version of the book.
- Epub format =
Free Booksreally bad versions of old books
- I can
borrow ebook from the librarypoke my eyes out with a rolled up magazine from the library.
- I can
change the batterykeep a charge for 3+ weeks. TouchscreenSo. Slow. No silly keyboardWho cares? SD card slotI’m going to read 4000 books1 or 2 books at a time.
- It was
big, thickthin like a tiny flat unicorn.
- It runs on
Androidmagic from the Amazons.
So I unboxed my Kindle today. I’m in love.