14 Days with my handheld eBook Reader – 5 Reasons to buy the Nook

14 Days with my handheld eBook Reader

5 Reasons to buy  the Nook

I held off on Amazon’s Kindle; then with the news of an “iSlate” (iPad) in the horizon I held off on The Nook. But with the prices for the iPad a little too high for it to be something you just walk into the Apple store and pull out your wallet, I went back to weighing the pros and cons of owning a handheld ebook reader and purchased the Nook.

Two days after the iPad’s debut I bought the Nook as my choice of a handheld eBook reader.  I might have buyer’s remorse. But I do have 14 days to play around with it before I can get a return but lose a 20% restocking fee and the eBooks I’ve purchased.

This is day 5 with the Nook so I have a little more than a week left to decide whether to keep it or not.

I wanted a handheld eBook reader because:
1. I read a lot of books
2. I spend a lot of money on books
3. My backpack is heavy
4. Handheld eBook readers are cool.
5. Reading books on my iPhone is not fun

But why the Nook as a handheld eBook reader?

First, it’s top in its class as a handheld eBook reader. Second, I am a big fan of Barnes and Noble. Their membership program stands out among the rest and makes me feel like I am saving money on books.  The savings is immediate gratification! Plus a discount coupon along with a member discount really help budget book purchases. Why would you ever pay full price for a book is beyond me!

That is why I choose the Nook as my eReader.  So here are the 5 reasons why I wanted a handheld eBook reader!

1. I read a lot of books

There was a time in 2009 where I read so many books I didn’t know where one story or quote came from.  I was almost at a book a week and all the themes, ideas, and stories were a mash of thoughts in my head!  Now I try to read only one a month.

I wanted an eBook eReader so I could have any book at my fingertips!

2. I spend a lot of money on books

Reading is one thing. Spending is another. As addicted book buyers and readers know, you tend to buy more books than you actually read. You are always trying to catch up. I am always trying to catch up. This is expensive and if I can save money from coupons, membership programs, and cutting the costs to $9.95 a book, I’m all for it.

I wanted an device that will eventually cost average itself out based on my book purchases.

3. My backpack is heavy

What is in my backpack or briefcase right now?

  • “Affiliate Millions”  by Anthony Borelli, Greg Holden
  • “48 Days to the Work You Love”  by Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey
  • “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”  by Joseph Campbell
  • “SuperFreakonomics”  by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

That’s heavy. It is bulging. I can’t even fit a pen in between any of those books. A handheld eBook reader is an ‘all in one’ gadget and is half the space of just one of those books!

4. Handheld eBook readers are cool.

Let’s face it. You are at a coffee shop, you sit back on a lounge chair, and you open your handheld ebook reader case and start to read like a scholar. You could be looking at your screen saver for all people know or listening to the music uploaded into the Nook. But you look cool right?

Okay, eBook eReaders have more functionality than just being cool. The Nook allows the upload of .pdf files and mp3s, so it’s a media device as well as a book.  The Nook has different cases from the cheap protection to frames and designer covers.

If you are not an avid reader and you have a portable eBook reader, believe me, people will think you’re cool!

5. Reading books on my iPhone is not fun

I tried it with my Palm Pilot years ago and gathered up a nice collection of eBooks. It was not fun. It was also quite difficult on the eyes and when you have 2,000 pages to go on a book that is only really 200 pages long, it feels like a daunting task to read a book.  The iPhone has eReaders that you can use to read books you have bought for the Nook which is a plus. That just in case moment at the bank line when you ‘forgot your Nook in the car’ type moment.

That being said, the Nook is fun to have.  Having one makes you want to read more.

Having the Nook makes you feel like you actually should spend time relaxing with a great eBook and a cup of coffee.

“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” Martin Tupper

Those are my 5 reasons why I bought a handheld eBook reader instead of waiting for an iPad, and specifically the “Nookie” as I named it. I believe these are good enough reasons. The issues: is it really worth the money? Is it really better to have a handheld ebook reader instead of the nice crisp pages of a new book on your lap?

I have 7ish more days to determine that. Believe me, the $259 + $70 extended warranty (plus tax)  I can have as a refund gets me closer to the iPad.  I’ll keep you posted:

What purchases have I made for the Nook?

  • “The Maxwell Daily Reader” by John C. Maxwell
  • “Excuses Begone!” By Wayne W. Dyer
  • “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M.R. Covey
  • “The New Yorker” Magazine

That should keep me going for the next week.

If you do have a brand new Nook – here’s how to set it up: “How to setup the Nook handheld eBook reader

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