"Have you had a chance to check out the Nook yet?"
I haven't and I told her so.
"Do you have a minute? It's really fun," she said.
Wait. Did you just feel the ground shake beneath your feet? The earth might have just reversed on its axis. This is huge, people.
For two years, I've been curling my lip at the thought of an e-reader. I've been ignoring them because 1) after writing on the computer for hours, the last thing I want to look at is another screen; 2) technology (to me) is something that will eventually break (because of me) or become obsolete when the next, gotta-have-it version comes out within the next year; and 3) I like the experience of reading a book by turning a page, not pressing a button or doing that Jedi move with my fingers on the screen. I just don't NEED one.
Buuuuut...everyday I come across books through the many blogs I read which sound really good. Their getting great buzz from the big reviewer blogs. I'm winning e-books in blog hops and I can't access them!
So I took a Nook brochure. It's sitting on the kitchen counter now. I've been glancing at it off and on for the past 24 hours, slowing warming to the idea of buying one sometime soon. I should probably check out the Kindle and IPad, too, to comparison shop. I'm resigned. An e-reader is in my future.
I'll always love a physical book, though an e-reader has its purpose. I can understand the appeal. When it comes time to make a choice on which format to buy -- hard copy or the downloadable version -- I'm not sure what will drive my decision. But until the Nook brochure sends me back to B & N with an intent to buy, it's still books with real pages for me, thank you.
Yesterday I bought five.