The Amazon Kindle, The Barnes and Noble Nook, the local library, and me

My parents have started a tradition with the kids — once a year they take a set of them to stay at their house for a week. (I’m going to start pushing for twice; maybe once while they’re in Florida and once in Michigan?) And for my kids, it’s like a hedonistic mega-vacation. They get to eat whatever they want (within reason, I hope), they get to swim in my parents pool, watch TV/Netflix/play Wii/whatever you can do on an Apple device, they go do fun kid things in Florida including Disney World!

Right now it’s The Informant and My Masterpiece; I’m here with Animal, Mineral, and Porcelain.

It’s actually a vacation for all of us — things are so much more calm with only two kids and one appendage. I get more done. The kids get more attention than usual. Cooking is easier. The house stays less messy (not quite “cleaner.”) I really get a chance to enjoy myself. And on top of that my mom loaned me her Kindle for the week.

At first I was all, “Meh, I don’t get all the hype.”

Then I was all, “Hmmmm. Eh. Well I suppose it has a few advantages.”

Now I’m all, “Wow. This is the coolest thing ever!”

I’ve already asked My Chemical Romance for one for my birthday.

A few reasons I love the Kindle: (1) the font — I am not sure what the default font is, but I really like it (2) the size — it’s so thin! So light! (3) the ease of use. I played with it for about 30 minutes and it was very intuitive.

The great disadvantage, of course, is that you have to buy books. Bestsellers are more expensive, of course, but how can you put a price on freedom from the chains of bondage to the local Library of Doom, I ask you?

Now, the Barnes and Noble Nook bridges the two by using a service called OverDrive that can link to my local library’s eBooks. (Yes, my library actually has this service. I know, right? I was shocked too. Welcome to the 21st century, library!) I haven’t tried the Nook yet, but just based on the compatibility-with-the-library, I am leaning toward it.

However, Amazon has more titles available. Borders recently filed for bankruptcy; if Barnes and Noble goes next, I think Nook users might be screwed. Amazon, being the website in which you can buy not only a book but also a live goat, will probably never go under.

Both have the classics for free, and you can always test a book before buying it.

Now, regarding the library of doom. Tonight there’s a meeting by the Future of the Library Task Force. What does this mean? It might mean even longer waits for the books I want. It might mean the closest branch is closing, which is the rumor I’ve heard. I’m not happy about that at all — the next closest branch is 20 minutes away.



One Response

  1. I have the nook color. <3<3<3. I'm not worried about B&N going under. Amazon and B&N have about the same # of ebooks, and you can download either in epub format, so it will work on either device.

    The nook color has videos, mp3, and web browsing, so you can cruise FB etc. (in fact, you can hack it and make it a full android tablet) you can also lend a B&N book once to a friend for 14 days.

    Coolest feature on nook color is the "read to me" feature for children's books. so the kids can chill and get olivia read to them.

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