Yesterday was my birthday. I am still younger than middle-aged but, I believe now quite offically, older than "early twenties." It was a very good birthday. First, there was snow, which is requisite for a good birthday for a northern girl born in December. Second, there was a lovely meal with my husband for which we both dressed up, which is a rarity for us in our advanced age of marriage (three and a half years--no excuse, is it?). Third, there was Christmas cheer applenty, in the form of a tiny Christmas tree to decorate, mincemeat to simmer, and Christmas lights to be viewed on a little detour we took on our evening drive, which, when you share a birthday with the Christmas season anyway, you may as well enjoy.
And, fourth, there was a birthday gift. Dear husband surprised me with....
I had not, to be honest, expected to get on the e-reader wagon this quickly, but I.Love.It. I still love books. I must say that front and center--I love books, and any book that would be a permanent addition to my shelf will still be purchased in paper and ink copy. But I read many a historical PDF for research purposes, and this is SO much nicer that hauling a laptop about to read off of. Or, trees forgive me--printing eighty pages of "Treatise on the Marine Physick" to scour for useful tidbits on eighteenth-century whatevers.
In short, the pros:
1) Elegant design. The little touchscreen is a joy to use, the e-ink is super-readable, the whole thing feels very natural in hand.
2) Easy to use. Very intuitive. Read both official e-books and PDFs I uploaded with great ease and no fuss.
3) Quick charge, connected with no problem to WiFi in my apartment, and downloaded books in a flash.
1) It did randomly decide to take a few minutes to download an update while I was reading last night. I hope this will not be frequent.
2) You have to set up an account with bn.com to register it, and have to fork over a credit card number before you could download even free e-books from bn.com (even those that came already loaded). Obviously not a huge deal, but it felt a little "hard sell" to me.
3) I may, possibly, be addicted.
As a sidenote--the first thing I read was a few chapers from a WIP from my good friend June, and wow! Such an awesome experience to read a friend's work in this format. And much easier than on a laptop or computer. I now understand, 100%, why industry bloggers I read are behind this new tech!
Have you considered an e-reader? Bought one? Rejected the concept completely? Still on the fence?
PS It's almost Christmas so: I'm feeling jolly and will be hosting a book give-away here soon! Keep you posted :)
PPS New Year coming, thinking about the blog--and have a new poll. What do you want to see more of? Let me know!!