Well, I did it! I took the plunge and bought a Nook!
Everyone’s been asking me why I chose the Nook and what I like about it, so I’m going to put it all in one giant post. Let me first say that I’m not sure the Nook is the right eReader for everyone to purchase, but it was definitely the right one for me to purchase.
Nook Wi-Fi $149
11.6 oz (328 grams)
Height: 7.7 inches
Depth: 0.5 inches
2GB (approximately 1500 eBooks) storage
Expandable microSD slot
Built-in mono speaker
Universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
Supported file types: EPUB, PDB, PDF
Wi-Fi ( 802.11 b/g)
Why Nook Won
The main reason I bought a Nook over a Kindle was that the Nook is less proprietary about eBook formats. The Nook will read PDB (B&N proprietary format), ePub, and PDF format eBooks with no problem at all. Kindle will read PDFs, but if you want your ePub format books on it, you have to run them through an extra piece of software to make it happen. So, the main consideration for me was that the reader be able to read the largest number of eBook formats possible, and Nook won on that front.
Why Kindle Almost Won
The Kindle has two features that almost made me buy it: Whispersync and Read-to-Me. Whispersync syncs your stuff between all of your devices with a Kindle reader installed (your Kindle, your iPhone, your iPad, your desktop, etc.) and keeps you at the same place in your book no matter which device you’re reading on. This is really cool, and I wish the Nook had it. Also, Kindle has Read-to-Me: With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read content out loud to you. I haven’t heard this, so it might be too annoying for words, but it’s a cool feature, and one that I’d at least try. I’m not as sad about this one as the Whispersync, but it would still be a nice feature to have.
Stuff You Should Know Before You Buy a Nook
- Anything you buy from the B&N store for your Nook has the B&N DRM wrapped around it and is in the B&N proprietary eBook format, which means you can only read it on your Nook or a B&N app.
- The touchscreen is made of awesome.
- You have a lot of control over the software. You can add audio files, screensavers, your own eBooks and documents, and even use it as a file storage device.
- There’s no wireless syncing. To get your non-B&N material onto your Nook, you have to plug it in to your laptop USB port. (No big, it’s just that wireless would make it a little simpler.)
- You can’t use your B&N Membership for discounts on eBooks or on the Nook. I wish the B&N employees had told me this when I renewed my membership.
- Don’t expect the in-store B&N employees to know anything about the device or be any help at all with support and questions. I don’t think it’s their fault, but they haven’t been properly trained to support the device.
My Favorite Features So Far
I love that I can hold my Nook in one hand to read. I’m a paperback girl usually, and paperbacks can be a little difficult to hold in one hand, especially if you’re turning pages pretty quickly. The Nook makes it really easy for me to hold the device and turn the page at the same time, all with one hand. This, of course, leaves the other hand free for shoveling snacks into my mouth. Doh.
Purchasing books is easy. Too easy. Doh.
All in all, I am really pleased with my purchase. I’m glad I waited for the price to come down, but at the $149 price point, I feel like I got enough for my money to make it a good deal. I really wanted the eInk page reading technology as opposed to the backlit screen (like on the iPad) and it makes for a really relaxing reading experience, and one that gets me fully immersed in the book, where I think I’d have trouble with that on a backlit screen.
I think I’m going to name my Nook “sNooki.” Get it?