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I’m seriously jonesin’ for a Nook Color.  Can one “jones” for an e-reader?  Friends, tell me why this is wrong or oh-so-right.


The facts are these:

  • I work in a library so I can get free books everyday – we have 4 million of them and I have the ability to add things to the collection.
  • I had access to an iPad for a month and fell in love with eBooks.  I don’t want an iPad because I feel like it’s too locked down and want to stay Android.  Plus it’s $$$.
  • My iPod headphone jack broke so I can’t plug it into my car radio which means I can’t listen to music or podcasts when I’m driving.  It still docks into my speakers at home though, so buying a new one just doesn’t feel right especially when its capabilities overlap with my other technology (like my phone, also I know I can plug my phone into my car stereo, but I don’t have a huge card in there, and I guess I could get a bigger one, but that’s moot if I get a Nook).
  • I can use Overdrive (library lending) with a Nook, and, of course, get PD titles.
  • It has web browsing, email, and apps – they’re not incredibly robust from what I hear, but functional as a tablet for many day-to-day tasks including docs and spreadsheets.
  • It’s a decent chunk of money, and there is a possibility I may get a work-iPad this fall.  If I have one of those it might be redundant to have the Nook too, but the iPad will be property of the University so if I ever leave they’ll take it back, and I won’t be able to access any of those eBooks because they’re proprietary to iThings which I don’t intend on purchasing.
  • The folks on CNET love the Nook, and while they had great things to say about the Kindle and the iPad it really seems like the Nook is their pick for overall best bet – especially for someone with my needs and expectations.
  • I might actually finish a book club book if I have it on my Nook. 🙂
  • It cuts down on weight in my bag.  I LOVED having the iPad at conference.  I could take notes on it, check email and fb, tweet, check the TLA app, and update the ACRL blog.
  • I can switch from Nook to my Android phone and pick up where I left off.
  • Free eBooks while in a Barnes and Noble – which we actually have here in town.  It’s limited to an hour a day, which isn’t really that much, but hanging out at the Starbucks and reading for an hour from time to time sounds nice.  Plus even if I don’t read whole books that way, it would be a way to scan things, read select chapters, or get a more in depth preview before purchasing.  I wonder what happens if I make notes on books that I access while in B&N.
  • Nook Color doesn’t seem to have the highlighting and annotation features with PDFs that I’d like.  iPad doesn’t either, BUT there are apps for that.  There is one that is around $10 for iPad that I hear is great and worth the price.  There may be a Nook app, but I didn’t find one.  There might also be one in the works.

So many things to consider!


Thanks, friends!

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This morning on NPR, Wendy Kaufman reported that now sells more e-books than hardbacks. While this is an interesting statistic, I don’t think it’s quite the portent of doom that the story made it out to be.  I noticed that Ms. Kaufman kept making the distinction that e-books were outselling hardbacks, not the total number of print books or even paperbacks.  A few minutes into the story, and after an interview with an iSchool professor from U of Washington (woo librarians!) Ms. Kaufman said that paperbacks are still the best selling book format on  The company won’t release numbers of book sales or of Kindle units.  However, paperbacks are #1, e-books #2, hardbacks #3.  So p>e, e>h, and p+h>a lot more than e.  Isn’t fake math fun? 😉

This seems to be more about the death of the hardback than the death of the print book.  I think the real point here is one that can be easily inferred, but I think it should have been a part of the article.  If books don’t come out in hardback – will they ever come out in paperback?  To me, hardbacks are for people that need the book NOW.  My Harry Potter books are hardbacks – and pre-orders, because I NEEDED them the day they came out.  So, if a lot of die hards move to Kindle then they will get their insta-books digitally – so no more hardbacks (except for collectors and lovable luddites – or purists depending on your point of view).  Anyway – if books don’t come out in hardback will they come out in paperback?  Will titles that would traditionally be hardback be released in paperback right away?  Are we just losing that format or are we losing all print?

I actually don’t have a big emotional stake in the argument.  I love audiobooks (which I get digitally and instantly), I like print, and I like paperbacks, but I’m considering getting a kindle because books are heavy, there are some titles I’d rather read than listen to, and audiobooks can be very pricey.  As someone who works in libraries it might seem that I should take a stance, but we’ll adapt.  Whatever format information takes, I will be here to organize and provide access to it.

Kaufman, W. (2010) At Amazon, e-book sales outpace hardbacks. NPR Morning Edition, 20 July 2010.  Retrieved from

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