I have been thinking about buying a Nook
for a little while now.
On the one hand, I feel like a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to book. I like the feel of pages between my fingers, that smell of fresh paper, the nice solid weight of a good-sized book. I'm really fond of old, dog-eared books. Seeing them all along my shelves makes me proud and -- I admit it -- a little vain; it tells me "look at these books you've read! Don't you feel smarter, don't you feel better? These books say who you are!". I get a good feeling of seeing books on my shelf, all the colors and sizes, and all those memories of reading them.
But on the other, growing-more-heavy hand, I'm notoriously picky when it comes to cleanliness and care for my books. I'm kind of a bitch; I don't like loaning out books, and I fret incessantly when I do. Will I get them back? In good condition? And when I do have them anyway, I don't read them when I eat or bathe or anything because I always manage to get them wet or stained with something, and that stain mocks me forever. A Nook can loan out books to friends, and also lets me read some of the book before I even buy it. As a person who hates just browsing for books off the shelf, this sounds awwwwwwwwwesome.
Moving to Columbus has also robbed me of a lot of shelf space as well; back home, I had four huge shelves all able to fit my dozens of books. Now, I have one shelf, and it's about time to get another, before the other 80% of my books that haven't gotten hear yet reach me. It's made me think more about the space in my room; could I fit other things there? I'd like a chair, maybe, to sit back and relax in. I definitely need a bigger dresser. Put some of the stuff I have stuffed into my dresser out on the shelves and such, too! If I could get rid of the books that could be bought on an Ebook, I could cut that space needed in half. It would make moving to our next place so, SO much easier.
And a greener side of me thinks 'but just think of all the trees that wouldn't be cut down if, someday in the future, all books are digital!', and I kind of like that idea. But, then, we need plants to make said Ebooks. It's 50/50, I guess.
I also like the idea of having it when I travel; I like to take alot of books for company, especially since my laptop Yoshi died, and carrying them around is heavy, troublesome to keep them from getting ripped and bent, and all around bothersome. I leave books at work because it's annoying to constantly carry them around, but then I want them at home or worry about them being taken or lost.
It also means no more having to go all the way out to Polaris or Easton to buy a new book that I want, and then finding that maybe they don't have it; I can get it almost immediately, at home, and not have to wait for restocks. If I can't find the book on a Nook, I can go and order it online/buy it from the store, and once it does come out on Kindle, donate the book to a charity. This is probably what would happen to a lot of my books if I did get it, and I like the idea that I could pass on those books to adults and kids who really want to read but can't afford them, digital or otherwise.
But even then, it's hard to pull away from tradition. Trying out new technology can always be risky. But, then, I thought for the longest time that I'd never use an iPod because I just didn't care about music all that much. Now I use it at least 3 - 4 times every single DAY. Maybe I just need to pull up my feet and move on past 'real' books?
I'm still kinda torn. Thoughts from anyone who has gotten a Kindle or Nook, bad or good?