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.