All Hail My Nook!

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The Great Nook

I grew up an obsessive book reader. Every night (this was way before the Internet Era), I would read something until I conked out and escaped into my dream world. But, as much as I enjoy showing off my own home library – a whole bunch of beat-up books sittin’ on my old, creaky, termite-infested bookshelves – the burden of luggin’ books around has aged me quicker, and caused minor scoliosis to my back. I paid physically for the acquisition of Knowledge & Wisdom.

For the longest time, that I could remember, I have always envisioned an accessible “Alexander’s Library” in the palm of my hands. I’m not speaking of Google, which has become an extension of my monotonous brain. But, more like a portable device that possessed some of my favorite books. As an end user fronting as a pseudo-Futurist with no intentions of ever being the inventor of such an idea, I long for the day where I am a lone traveler who had everything on his persons.

I may have begun living to see that reality come true…

I had purchased the Nook about a month ago, and I’m so lovin’ it. The Kindle was the other option. But, I eventually decided on the Nook because of it’s simplicity in use and wifi access to Barnes & Noble online (which includes free eBooks and one hour/day free access to any eBooks when at the local B&N cafe. This Nook perk includes new releases.). It’s covenient, light-weight, and can carry up to about 1500 eBooks with the built-in, expandable memory drive (where you can import your own eBooks in epub and other formats). The device also includes beta internet access, but to this day, I have not used it. I don’t need the distraction of web access, which was the motivation for me getting an eReader in the first place.

Some readers may retort by saying how much they enjoy the phyiscal feel of turning a page and holding a book in their hands. But, I believe there’s a certain luddite-ish, “fear of technology” attitude behind that sentiment. ’cause I’m sure that when the first invention of books became accessible to the masses, readers resisted by touting that they preferred unrolling a scroll as a superior reading experience. Others may also question why I don’t get an IPad. Because it doesn’t use the eInk technology, and, therefore, would be hard on the eyes reading on it.

Don’t misunderstand me. I do enjoy holding a traditional book in my hand, as well. I enjoy turning the pages. I get a kick out of creating the creases to the spines that holds the books together. But those days are coming, personally for me, to an end. Because, although the user experience with an eReader is different than traditional reading, I still get the same results at a more efficent pace… the simple act of reading.

My initial eBook purchases for my Nook include (but will not be limited to):

  • Ruthless: A Memoir by Jerry Heller – Way before Snoop Dogg or Eminem… even before Dr. Dre and Ice Cube went solo… there was N.W.A, which were handled, promoted and made infamous by “super producer” Jerry Heller. And this is his account of how it all happened.
  • Scorsese by Ebert by Roger Ebert – The famous film critic meets the famous filmmaker, compiled in interviews, essays, and articles.
  • The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum – I had watched the movie based on the book last year. Rarely does a movie emotionally anger me the way the movie did. For once, I hated the world. The movie did it’s job! And, Wiki-ing the background of Jack Ketchum and the plot of the book, I had discovered that it was loosely based on the real-life abuse of Sylvia Likens and her siblings. I hated the world even more. Now, the hate has gotten me curious of this book.
  • The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich – The book that the upcoming David Fincher “Facebook” movie – The Social Network is based on. From the writer who wrote “21”, “The Accidental Billionaires” is a dramatized account of how Mark Zuckerberg founded and established “Facebook”.

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