Ruth + Nook = Together Forever

I’m not ready to commit to an ebook format. We have no idea what even the next 5 years will bring in terms of e-Readers, so I’m wary of investing in a library that may become obsolete. I still have books I bought 10 years ago and books I inherited from my parents which are older than I am. One can get free copies of many out-of-print works, but most ebooks cost more than a used paperback and the price put me off.

However, I’d recently begun to see the advantage of an ebook reader. I crochet a lot. An awful lot. That’s why I haven’t written on here as much recently. Crocheting and school have taken up a lot of my time and focus. I’ve been making Cthulhu after Cthulhu, especially once Black Friday got underway.

I like to read and crochet at the same time. Normally this involves some odd combo of propping the book open with scissors or even my foot and trying to balance it without breaking the binding or letting it flip shut. I also listen to audiobooks, which saves the effort but takes considerably more time.

After talking with a coworker who has a Nook, I investigated my public library’s Overdrive subscription and discovered just how many books (thousands) I could borrow, for free, and read if I had a Nook or Sony Reader. I preferred the look of the Kindle, but alas its DRM isn’t currently compatible with the lending process. They may be changing that in the future, but I’d rather not wait until it’s been sorted out and integrated into library systems.

So, Nook it was. Thanks to the lovely Norcross, I ended up with a minimally-used Nook at a far better price than a new one would be, and with various shiny add-ons.

I love it. I’ve only had it for a week and I’ve already read 3 books on it and am nearly done another. It’s perfect for my commute, it’s great for reading at lunch, it works just as well as I’d hoped for reading while crocheting. I’m very pleased with it and excited about the slew of books I can get through the library as well as the numerous free out-of-copyright works (I’ve already put Middlemarch on there because it’s one of my favorite books ever).

I’ll write more later about my experiences with Adobe Digital Editions and Calibre, both, but I’m going to wait until I’ve had more experience with each. I’ve already made my first ebook, an EPUB of the (mostly) complete works of H.P. Lovecraft. It wasn’t out there, so I made one. Feel free to download a copy. I’ll probably be doing a better version of it later on and would appreciate any feedback, too.

10 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    I recently got a hand me down Kindle and while I want to commit to it fully, there’s still something about “owning” a book that I heart.

    Also, I was reading a book on my Kindle last night and wanted to flip back a few chapters to review something. Not so easy.

  2. Ruth says:

    I don’t think I could feel like I really owned a book on my Nook yet. Maybe the free ones. But since I’m using it for library books, that’s not a problem.

    It’s definitely not as easy to flip around. I’ve figured out how to jump between chapters on the Nook, but one still has to page through click-by-click or swipe-by-swipe.

  3. Just Laura says:

    I too enjoy owning actual books, and love the ones from a couple hundred years ago (I doubt a physical eBook reader will last so long).

    That said, I freaking love your cthulhus.

  4. Ruth says:

    I get really excited over the old old old books we have here at the library, even some manuscripts. It’s amazing how well a good book can hold up.

    And thanks! :)

  5. Alicia says:

    Ruth,
    I am a librarian and love the physical book…My husband sweetly confused my knowledge of ebook readers for desire and purchased one for Christmas. I have put my theoretical knowledge to practice and have down loaded a few titles both from B&N and borrowed from my library.
    I desire to own things like cookbooks or other how to type titles, I will refer to them again and again, I do not reread fiction and treat my local public library as my own.
    I think this format like other alternate formats definitly has its pro’s and con’s. Older people can enlargen the print and the ebook readers are CONSIDERABLY lighter than traditional Large Print books.
    This format lends itself to travelers who read a lot and don’t have to carry multiple books on vacation or business trips, etc.
    You might even be able to put the ereader in a water tight zip lock bag and read it in the tub…not recommended for traditional library books.
    Enjoy!
    Alicia the Librarian

  6. Ruth says:

    @Alicia my love for my Nook is particularly for 2 aspects. 1) that I can take it to work with me. It’s much lighter than a lot of books I like to read on the train and much easier to read on a train, even if I’m standing. Plus, I don’t have to pick a book if I’m reading 2 on it.

    And 2) I love that I can read it while crocheting. Lets me get a lot more reading done than I do when balancing scissors on a regular book to hold it open. I turn pages faster because I don’t have to worry about balance and such.

    But as for the tub….well, maybe if I could easily cover its replacement costs. 😉 Even in a plastic bag, I’m a bit wary!

  7. colleen says:

    Hi I still need help where do i find the nook app. I can’t find it i will keep looking but please if you could send me a note telling me where to find it would be great this is all new to me.

  8. MelissainSC says:

    A zip lock baggie — brilliant. That, or something very similar (but perhaps more relible) would be just the thing. I like to read in the tub and haven’t lost a book yet but certainly don’t want to risk drowning my nook.

  9. Craig says:

    Have you seen many PDF’s and PDF books on the Nook yet? I have a bunch of ebooks in PDF format to read and I’m thinking about a reader. I also have a textbook for school that an e-book format that I can convert to PDF. I don’t want to read it on the computer so I’m considering an ebook. I like that the Nook has the ability to borrow library books too.

  10. Mike says:

    Craig, you can put PDF books on the Nook directly, using the free e-book management program “calibre”. See to download the software. In addition to transfering PDFs to the Nook, it will also convert them to any format you want. But the Nook will read PDF files without conversion.

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