‘Cuz Butches are Wicked Smaaht

I read. A lot. Mostly porn. And some silly Magazines.  But it wasn’t always this way. When I had access to school libraries I’d pick up a few books to enjoy whenever I was there studying, which was, at one point, a lot.  After graduation it seemed that I was always working and when I wasn’t working I was sleeping or trying to spend a little bit of time with my loved ones.

Now I’ve got a bit more free time and I’d really love to start reading more but I’ve got two pretty major problems that get thrown into this mix – one, buying books is expensive (and also a waste of natural resources, but that’s really not what this is about) and two, my local library is NEVER open when I’m not at work. It’s like our hours coincide perfectly. Awesome for me!!

For the holidays this year I’d really LOVE to get a Amazon.com Kindle, or a Barnes and Noble Nook. Sure, I could get an iPad, however, as much as I LOVE Apple products, I don’t think this is going to do what I want it to do in terms of an e-reader. The iPad is about 3x more expensive than either e-reader, and if I had an iPad I’d probably spend more time goofing off playing Angry Birds than reading, which defeats the point. Also, the e-reader’s low price point means that I will feel ok with taking it anywhere – the beach, plane, my in-laws house, etc, and not worry too much about it – or worry more about it than I actually get to enjoy it, which is EXACTLY the problem I had when I bought a really awesome but pricey digital camera. I found that I was taking more pics with my cheaper point and shoot because I wasn’t worried about it falling into the ocean – and I think this theory will work out similarly with an e-reader.

Additionally, with the Kindle and maybe with the nook you can “forward” your book to another digital device, like your iPhone, to read WHEREVER you are.  There are additional considerations between the two products – with Kindle you’re kind of locked into Amazon.com and buying books, but you CAN share with other kindle users as well as being able to download a HUGE library of public domain titles.  Amazon.com has the largest selection of books for sale.  With the Nook you are able to purchase from B&N, but you can also download e-books from your local library, which you can’t do on Kindle.

So – what am I missing? Do you have an e-reader? Which one? Why do you like/not like it, and what would you suggest to someone considering buying their dream butch one of these for the holidays?

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13 Responses to “‘Cuz Butches are Wicked Smaaht”

  1. I have an iPad on loan, and I think you’re right– I haven’t finished one book on it in three months. I’m most of the way through Chuck Klosterman’s latest, but honestly it’s easier to get on facebook or play games or Twitter.

  2. I have a kindle that I absolutely love. The advantage to the ipad is the screen – so easy to read in any kind of light (though I also recommend getting the case that has the booklight). My library has ebooks that don’t work on the kindle though, which is too bad, and I’m slowly wrapping my head around paying for books again. But the new books don’t take up physical space, I can get a free sample of anything (and it’s usually a few chapters), and the kindle is light enough to take anywhere. Love it.

  3. simonesmom Says:

    I LOVE my Kindle. Light-weight. I can download a book in about ten seconds with the free 3G. Love sampling new titles on Amazon. The storefront is simple to navigate. I can read outside on my lunch hour in the warm months in FULL sunlight with no glare. Only one downside– do not even contemplate stuffing it into a bag or purse without a cover on it because the screen is sensitive. There actually is glass in there– has something to do with how its anti-reflective. I broke mine the very first day I had it. Fortunately, because it was soon after purchase, I got lucky and Amazon replaced it at no charge even though it was very likely my fault, but from what I’ve read online, others are usually not so lucky. Bought a cover immediately, and now I’ve had it for 3 months, stuffing it into purses and laptop bags and have even dropped it twice and no damage done.

  4. simonesmom Says:

    Oh, and FWIW, e-books are usually cheaper than print by at least 25%.

  5. I recently purchased a refurbished Nook for my mother, and since it’s already a used model, I’ve been allowing myself to play with it before I actually hand it off.

    It is absolutely awesome. Accepts more file types without nasty DRM than the Kindle, but I imagine that’s the only real difference between the two. The touch screen works really well, and is easy to use.

  6. Definitely the nook. My wife has a basic wifi nook, and I’m looking into getting the color nook as a sort of poor man’s (er, butch’s) iPad. The nook has many strong points that the Kindle doesn’t, including Android compatibility, many more books (it shares the same format as Google books), the ability to borrow and lend books from the library or with friends who have a nook (or just a B&N e-reader account, for which you don’t need to own a nook, just a computer or a smartphone). And, yes, you can read your nook books on other devices. Plus the touch screen navigation on the bottom is much friendlier than the Kindle’s interface. If you wanted to spend an extra $100, you could go for the color nook, which allows you to read magazines in full color. Of course, the web browsing experience on the color nook is so good that, again, you may not get much reading done …

  7. Melanie S Says:

    The Kindle’s screen is a little clearer and flips pages more quickly than the Nook, if that’s a consideration.

  8. Most people I know have and love a Kindle. I couldn’t get used to it though. This is the first time my parents have adapted to emerging technology more quickly than I have.

  9. I’m going to add my voice to the Kindle votes. Everyone I know who has one loves it. Apparently it is also pretty good for reading outside in the sun which is a big bonus if you are a beach person.

    The only downside to eReaders in general is that you have to switch them off during take-off and landing when traveling by plane, otherwise, they rock.

  10. I highly recommend paperbackswap.com! It’s a great way to get books cheap, especially if you’re not too hyper about the order in which you receive them. I use it waaaaay more than the library. E-readers are cool, but there’s something I just really love about holding a book in my hands.

  11. Jaime McLeod Says:

    The basic black & white Nook is just as good as the Kindle for reading outside – ink screen = no glare – PLUS, it has an airline safe mode, so you don’t have to turn it off during takeoff and landing.

  12. i know i’m late to the party (i surfed over from geekporngirl’s blog) but i love my nook. i got one for xmas and i’ve been borrowing books from both my city and county libraries (yay no late fines!) and purchasing a select few ebooks. i tend to re-read a lot of books, or certain sections of books, when i’ve a bit of downtime and i love that i have access to my entire collection so easily. another good thing about ereaders? unless they’re directly over your shoulder, people can’t tell that you’re reading erotica or the latest lesbian romance on the metro…

  13. Justa Notha Says:

    Okay I know you’re from New England lol! Where did I Pahk the Cah in Hahvahd Yard?–Oh yeah, too hahd to find parking–I took the T…while reading on my iPhone…it does it all:-)

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