Friday, October 19, 2012

Constant Curiosity | Comfort Zone

        I own 3 Kindles and a Nook.  I know.  It's a long story.  It's a good thing I do, though, since the Library is going to start circulating Nooks this coming Monday.   Here's the Nook the library will lend:

NOOK Simple Touch
Nook Simple Touch

Although some might call me traitor, I really like reading on e-book readers.  When I was not allowed to walk without wheelchair and crutches for six months, my e-book readers were lifesavers:  with wi-fi or whatever access the manufacturer provides, I could shop for books right on the device.  It was so cool.  I could light one book off the other without even having to pause for a bon-bon.   Although I did.  Once in awhile.  And it was so much easier to carry around than a stack of books.  And trust me, at the rate I read, it would be a stack.

Anyway, the library has offered e-books for over a year now and they have been very popular, so it seems a natural progression to offer e-book readers.  The readers themselves will come with pre-loaded titles, so you won't need to add your own, but for those who have wondered just what it would be like to read on a device instead of good old paper, ink and glue, here's your chance.

The other day I was reading a "real" book, as my husband put it, and it didn't feel too odd at all.  After all, reading is reading, at least to me.   And the more the merrier.  At last count I had over 2,000 books loaded to my various devices.   As Louisa May Alcott put it "She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain."  In my case, this is probably true. 

And now if I'm asked that famous old desert island question, I won't have to think.  I'll just take my Kindle or Nook as the case may be,  a solar powered charger and oh, yes, the island must have a wi-fi hotspot.  It might take me awhile to get through those 2,000 books, but you never know how long a stint it might be.  Think of Tom Hanks and Wilson.   Paraphrasing Groucho Marx:  "Outside of a volleyball, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a volleyball, it's too dark to read."  Okay, I can hear the groaning from here.

But seriously, next time you're at the library, let your curiosity out of its comfort zone and ask about our Nooks.  You can even take one home.  It won't hurt a bit.  Trust me.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! Now I don't feel as guilty as I had for loving my Kindle! Reading is reading! (But I still do prefer the feel of those pages between my fingers!)