I got a Nook for Christmas this year, by far one of my favorite gifts. Now that I’ve had some time to explore the features, play some Sudoku, and read a couple of books, I felt a review might be in order. I have not tried Amazon’s Kindle, so I can’t compare them first-hand, but I can definitely speak to Barnes & Noble’s fulfillment of their own promises.
The concept of book-free reading didn’t appeal to me at first either, but when I read through these promises and tried one out, I was definitely intrigued. Having my own now, I can definitely say that it’s not that e-readers or books are better, they’re just different. But e-readers allow you to do many other things that a real book can’t (not to mention, saving you space on your bookshelves). Visit the Nook page at BarnesandNoble.com and you’ll be met with many claims about this e-reader’s performance.
This claim, which I consider to be the biggest selling point, makes the Nook reading experience as similar to book-reading as possible. The E-Ink display is “crisp and clear as a printed page” and now that I’ve read on one, I have to agree. There were moments I was reading along and forgot I was reading a Nook. What makes the Nook reading experience a bit better than the page is your ability to change the font to a style you prefer or a size that’s easier on your eyes. Make a regular book into a big print book if need be.
And, as promised, you can read the Nook in the sunlight with no problem. No backlight on the reading screen makes this possible. But on the flip side, you can’t read your Nook in the dark without a book light. That’s the one downside I’ve found to this style of reading, but if you’re a nighttime reader, you probably already have a book light so it’s no problem. Mine clips right onto the Nook without a problem.
Over Two Million Titles
One of the best things about the Nook is the access you get to millions of titles at lower prices than a hardcover or paperback. Most are $9.99 or less, and with sample books you can peruse for free, you don’t have to buy a book blind. If you like it, download it in seconds. If you don’t, no problem. I like to check the deals page every couple of weeks for discounted titles. In fact, I’ve managed to load up my Nook with great books, all $4.99 or less, thanks to these great deals.
Classic titles are especially cheap, with large anthologies of 40-50 titles available for only 99 cents total! And some works are completely free! Your Nook comes loaded with a few free titles and samples, but you’ll soon find other super-cheap options and free books. Read Pride and Prejudice for free, or download the complete works of Jane Austen for only 99 cents. Buying these books would cost $7.99 per title or more, but with the Nook you’ll have access to all of them for next to nothing.
There are lots of great features about the Nook, from the space it will save you to the reading expenses it will save you in the long run. With great technology that allows easy reading and an extra-long batter life, the Nook has changed the way I collect and read the latest titles. Sure, I still buy titles I know I’ll want to share (usually my favorite authors) but the Nook lets me try out new titles with no hassle and without having to find a place to store them.
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