I just recently bought a dedicated electronic book reader. After months of deliberation, I finally chose Barnes and Noble’s Nook (I’ll have to come back another day to discuss why I chose Nook over the many other options out there). Here’s thirteen things I can do with an e-reader that I can’t do with a normal book.
- Read the many great books, novellas and short stories that are only available in e-book format … without having to be stuck at a computer desk or with a clunky laptop
- Comfortably read my writing buddy’s and my own unfinished written works for editing and critiquing purposes
- I’m a proponent of books in all formats: paperback, hardcover, audio and digital. I support e-books and have been dreaming about e-readers before they were even invented
- Increase font size for easier reading when I’m on the treadmill (which it turns out is possible at fast-walking speeds)
- Listen to audiobooks while driving, walking or on the treadmill
- Read and turn pages with one hand
- Read full books for free while I’m in Barnes and Noble
- Can carry lots of books in my purse with one slim, lightweight device
- Because reading on my iPod Touch can get uncomfortable
- I can be rough on a book. Stuffing them in my purse, folding and prop them up so I can read while I cook or fold clothes, I read them while I’m at the park with the kids and fall asleep all kinds of ways with my poor book still in my hands. Electronic devices tend to fare much better in my care.
- I can make notes in books without permanently marking up physical pages
- Bookshelf space is a rarity in a house full of book-lovers …
- Soon I will be a published e-book author. Having an e-reader will allow me to experience my work in the way my future readers might
It’s only been a few days, but so far I’m really enjoying it.