Sorry, Maria; move over, Claudia; forgive me, Lily; but my new BFF is my brand new NOOK and I’ve named her ‘girlfriend’.


I started reading eBooks back when I was still using a dial-up connection to get internet service and my computer screen was so big I needed a separate room just to house it. With eBooks I discovered many new authors, like Deidre Knight, Lora Leigh, and Jaci Burton, just to name a few. It was great. The one drawback was that I could only read these books while I sat at my desk. I couldn’t read them while I was waiting on line at the grocery store, or while I was commuting to work, or in bed, or at the beach, or ANYWHERE, except at my desk in my home. Pure torture. However, there were so many new authors I wanted to discover and read that I kept buying eBooks even though it meant being chained to my desk in order to read them.

Then, hallelujah—and can I get an amen?—they invented the eReader. I sure did covet those slim, sleek, portable bookstores/libraries in a bag; and I talked about them non-stop. Maria, my BFF (at the time), told me to stop pressing my nose against the window and buy one already. It was only recently, when Barnes & Noble came out with the NOOK Wi-Fi that I thought, OK, this could be a reality in my life. I could actually be the owner of an eReader. So that very day I called Maria and said "I’m thinking of heading over to Barnes & Noble and looking at the new NOOK Wi-Fi. Just looking, mind you. I just want to hold it in my hands and see what it feels like.” So, off I went to my local Barnes and Noble store, just to look—and the rest is history. I held one in my hands and my reading life was changed forever.

I’m in love. How can I explain this so you really get it? Reading on the Nook is a unique and wonderful experience. I know I sound like I’m doing an advertisement, but the truth of the matter is I feel as if I’ve discovered a whole new way to read. With so many books at the ready, it doesn’t matter what I’m in the mood for because I’m not limited to the 3 or 6 books I used to carry around in my ginormous hand bag—said huge handbag expressly purchased just to be able to house those 3 to 6 books I carried around with me everywhere. Now, if I feel like reading a romantic suspense? Yep, I’ve got that. Or maybe I’m in the mood for the latest Christine Feehan—no worries. Perhaps I'm thinking I’d like to read the new Lisa Kleypas? Again, no problem, because I’ve got them all in my handy dandy, brand spanking new NOOK. Feel like reading while I’m eating? No fuss, no muss, no ketchup on the pages, just lean it against a salt shaker and I’m eating and reading; I’m a true multi-tasker. Perhaps I’d like to read lying down on my left side, instead of my right. Not an issue. Holding on to a subway strap on the #6 train going to work? Pshaw—a baby could do it. Traveling to visit friends or going on vacation? No more limits on the amount of books I can take. I can take them all. I feel like Alice peering through the looking glass, a brand new world has opened up and I’m having more fun than I thought possible.

Now I take my new BFF (aka, ‘girlfriend’) everywhere, and I’m trying to convince Maria (you know, my other BFF) to buy one so we can lend each other books.

Until next Monday, remember there’s always a book waiting to be read, or in my case about 50 on my brand new NOOK…decisions, decisions.

I’m curious, are any of you e-readers? Did you discover any of your favorite authors on eBooks? If you have an eReader what’s your favorite thing about it? Or are you all about holding a ‘real’ book and feeling the pages between your fingers?


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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎07-19-2010 01:26 PM

Marisa, I'm sure Maria is brokenhearted about your abandonment, me I still prefer the smell of a paper mill with my coffee in the morning. Really though the Nook is on my wish list and B&N is making it easier and easier to own by now having two types, but alas, I have to eat (darn it). But when I scrape up a few loose doubloons it's first on my want list. And just in case that ever becomes a reality I do download all the free books that B&N gives out and just keep them in my ebook locker.


Thanks for sharing your experience.


by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎07-19-2010 01:38 PM

i think it would make my life more convenient, not having to cart around all those books, but i also like the actual feel of paper in my hands, you know?

but one day, i might just get one...

by AvidBookQueen on ‎07-19-2010 02:52 PM

I love both ebooks and physical books.... I discovered ebooks about 2 years ago and had authorized devises on all pcs and devices I could find.  But true, being chained to a pc was an issue.  I needed portability... Loved when I found a lot of books in pdf instead of epub (got a smartphone just for that purpose).  But then the ipod (and now IPHONE!).... I can read WHATEVER genre I'm in the mood for <weg> without regard to location/prying eyes.  I have authors that I have to have in physical, but being able to find back books (esp for those series that I just discover) or being introduced to a new author or those lovely side novella's... I LOVE LOVE LOVE my ebooks.  And when my dear daughter or the cat make me loose my place - the iphone remembers!

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎07-19-2010 07:22 PM

Hey Deb - I too love the smell of paper, but with my spare room overflowing with books having my Nook makes me feel a little less guilty about buying 'just one more'.  Also, my secret? I used the Barnes and Noble gift certificates I got for my birthday to purchase my Nook. So for your next birthday ask your loved ones to buy you some GC's for B&N and then perhaps you can get a Nook.


Cheyenne_Catina I'm thinking I'm going to be saving a lot of money on chiropractic bills just by having my Nook. And now I can carry around those cute, small and fashionable handbags instead of the suitcase I called a pocket book to house all my books.


AvidBookQueen I've been spending the last week transfering all the ebooks that I had on my computer in pdf to my Nook. Now I'm torn between re-reading some of my favorites or reading new books I've just downloaded. 

by 1lovealways on ‎07-21-2010 05:09 PM

Hi Maria!


I'm not there yet with the Nook e-reader.  Right now, nothing beats the physical book in my hand.  There's nothing like it.  That new book smell,  just holding that book close to my heart, the beautiful covers and the myriad names of countless authors lined up on my bookshelf never fails to excite me.  Personally, I don't think I'll ever give up the physical book as long as they print them.


Someday I can see myself owning a Nook.  In fact it's on my wish list, but not now.  I do love the portability of the Nook, which is why I will eventually own one.  I've read up on it and I love what I see.  Right now the greenbacks are not in there for the nook and the accessories I want to go with it.  A lot of the series, I've discovered are older and I can get used books, which I have no problem with.  I remember the days of taking my book with me to read at lunch.  It didn't bother me a bit, because back in the 80's the purses were large enough for lots of stuff.


I know a lot of people would reason why, If I have the real book, I'd want it on the Nook.  Well, sometimes I take a favorite to read with me, like during the Holidays last year.  I had 3 books.  If I had a Nook, I could download a favorite and save wear and tear on my treasured real ones.  I have some real old books that are literally held together by rubber bands.  They've been read so many times and loaned around.  Even I don't re-read them because of that.  The Nook would come in quite handy in this regard.  Also, there are some e-books that are just that.  I've been researching some authors and some of their older books are e-books only.  Just some of my thoughts. :smileyhappy:

by 1lovealways on ‎07-21-2010 05:13 PM

Oops!  I did it again!  I called your Maria.  I apologize Marisa.  I truly have egg on my face!

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎07-21-2010 08:00 PM

Hi 1lovealways 

No worries! Maria and I are twin sisters and although people know the differnce, many times they confuse our names - they are so close; only seperated by an s. 


It's true, there is nothing like the smell of a book. And I too have LOTS of old treasured books that they will have to rip out my cold dead hands. As a matter of fact I was re-reading an old Julie Garwood, The Bride, and it literally started disintegrating as I turned the pages. I really wish there was an e-book copy because I would have definitely downloaded it to my Nook.


I know my preference from now on is going to be digital because I'm really enjoying the ease of the reading experience - but alas, not all the books that I want to read are digitially released. And of course I have so many physical books that are favorites and on my keeper shelf - so yes, I'll be reading both for a while.


by Moderator dhaupt on ‎07-22-2010 09:53 AM

We recently had a digital First Look and that did not ring well with me, I found it hard to go back and reference things I wanted to remember and I used the bookmark feature, but really nothing works like those great little post-it flags.

I agree with you Marisa about the ease of the experience and will use it on some of my pleasure reading, but will rely on the paper versions for my book club reads for now any way.


by Diana_Laurence_Author on ‎07-23-2010 08:57 AM

Hi Marisa, I was glad to discover someone else madly in love with their nook!  I adore my little Cranny, and have been spreading the word like crazy to all my friends and fans.  You might enjoy reading the interview with Cranny that appeared recently on my blog:  Here's a photo of my beloved nook with her twin, Nicher (my husband's nook).



















Keep the faith, fellow nookophile, and I will do likewise!


Diana Laurence

Author of How to Catch and Keep a Vampire and the Soulful Sex and Bloodchained series

by AmySD on ‎07-24-2010 10:43 AM

I love my Nook!  I too didn't know how I would like the e-reader experience, but I absolutely love it!  My car has always looked like the bookmobile that used to come to the elementary school when I was growing up, and I was seriously considering eliminating either my bed or my sofa because I had exceeded my bookshelf capacity, then along came the Nook and solved my problems!


I will never get away from books, at least as long as B&N still has the bargain book section :smileyhappy:, but my Nook is definitely now my BFF!



by Ellie8575 on ‎07-28-2010 11:40 AM

OMGness ... my nook goes everywhere with me.  From the moment I wake up in the morning to right before I got to bed in the evening, my nook is with me.


I've gotten two (2) B&N gift cards totalling $50 and have them saved on my account just so that I can buy ebooks for my nook.


I especially love how my co-workers stop by my desk and ask me I've bought for my nook - i.e. screen protectors, nook cover, night light, etc.).



This really has been the greatest gift anyone has EVER given me!


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