Welcoming Technology Into My Paper World

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  • July 18, 2011
  • INK Team

This post comes from INK alumna Rachael Genson.

The majority of my childhood years were spent with my nose buried between the crisp, clean pages of a brand new book.  Dubbed a “book worm” by my parents and teachers, I would spend hours immersed in some fantasy world, simply trying to imagine what it would be like to be a character out of my favorite story (usually at the expense of my school work and sleep!).  As I grew, so did my love for reading.  I went from simple picture books, to chapter books, to full-blown novels.  Family vacations turned into quite the challenge, as I always needed an extra bag to carry my books! Having enough reading material to always keep me entertained became a problem and I began to slowly accept the fact that this passion for the printed word may also become my life-long burden.

Then I got a Nook.   

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the Nook (and its fellow eReaders) might be the most useful electronic toy I’ve purchased in a long time.  Now that I can store up to 1500 books in one small, little tablet, lugging around a 20 pound bag of books is so 2000.  The Nook’s storage capabilities are only one of the many reasons I am so enamored.  At 7.5 ounces, the Nook weighs less than any hardback and most paperback books.  It has a battery life of 2 months, so there’s no need for me to remember to bring a pesky charger along.  Also, the Nook is created by Barnes & Noble, so its book selection is seemingly unlimited and you can share books with other Nook users, allowing for even more selection.  However, what impressed me above all else is that when you are reading, the E Ink Pearl technology used for the screen causes no glare and gives the impression that you are reading right off a printed page!

Initially, I was hesitant to replace my life-long friends for their electronic counterpart.  I thought I would miss the smell of a new book, its physical presence and the ability to actually see my progress.  Plus, I just didn’t believe that an eReader was everything the ads claimed.  But, after trying one out for myself, I quickly had a change of heart.  Owning a Nook is a more convenient way to indulge my reading habit, but it doesn’t necessarily replace the traditional printed book.  I still buy the occasional paperback as a supplement to my Nook collection.

Having the option to read “the old-fashioned” way or the “technological” way is so refreshing, which is why I know I made the right choice bringing an eReader into my life.  If you’re in the market, take a look at this great article comparing different eReaders, written by Katie Boehret at the Wall Street Journal. It definitely helped me make a decision and I couldn’t be happier.  I’m thinking this is just the beginning of a very happy (and intellectual) life for my Nook and me.