Buying a nook was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. After living with the device for a few months – I bought it back in September – my reading level has skyrocketed. Even though reading more has been a longtime goal of mine, it’s something that I’ve had a lot of trouble doing while in school. School-assigned reading just takes up so much time that finding stuff I want to read for pleasure just seemed like too much work. The ebook experience has definitely changed that.
Having so many books available to purchase and download whenever I feel like it just feels so much easier than making a trip to the bookstore or the library. Admittedly, this probably means I will be spending more money on books than I otherwise would, but that’s okay with me; time reading is less time in front of the television or playing video games, AND it’s mentally enriching.
In the roughly 6 months that I have owned an e-reader I have read 23+ books. That’s a number that I can get behind. What have I been reading? Science fiction dominates – Peter F. Hamilton has recently captured my attention with his wonderful Commonwealth Saga – but I’ve also read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and I just started digging into Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth over at Get Rich Slowly. I really enjoy reading his blog as a tool for improving my own personal finances and the book is just as informative so far.
Anyway, I highly recommend a e-reader for anyone that is serious about reading. Offerings include the Kindle from Amazon.com and Sony has several different models as well. For anyone not sure if they want to drop $139 on a dedicated reading device, both Barnes & Noble and Amazon offer reading apps for smartphones. I actually use the nook app on my phone when I am unable to carry my nook along (at work, for instance).