I finally did it. I broke down and purchased an e-reader. I’m not even sure why. I like books. I like the feeling of opening up a book, knowing I’m in for a new adventure. Diving deeper into a new world with each page I turn. When I open a book, I feel like Harry Potter when he opened Tom Riddle’s diary and got sucked into a different world. How could I get that feeling from an e-reader?
It all started when I received a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble. For days I contemplated which books I wanted to buy (there are so many books that I want that it actually takes a few days to figure out exactly which ones to get). One day my husband suggested, “Why don’t you get a Nook?” It was Thanksgiving week and the Nooks would be on sale Friday. I had a few Nook books on my computer I had gotten for free and just wasn’t reading. I wondered if I would even use the Nook that much after I got through those books. Maybe I wouldn’t even like it.
So I did two things I never thought I would do. I went shopping on Black Friday and I bought a Nook.
I hate shopping and I hate crowds even more, so to go out on a Black Friday (to get a Nook no less) was a huge deal. We left the house at 8:45 am. With barely any traffic on the road and not too many customers in the store, I bought the Nook and came home.
Not even bothering with the free books, I got a sample of 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I read through the sample so fast that I decided to purchase the e-book. It seemed like a good idea since the book is over 900 pages and in hardcover–kind of heavy to tote around.
Well, as it turns out, I LOVE my Nook. A good story is a good story and I’ll get sucked in no matter how I’m reading it. Plus I can make the font as big as I want and have everything double spaced like I’m reading a manuscript (which makes reading surprisingly fast).
I don’t regret my purchase for one minute and can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. While I still love regular books, I now know I have room in my life for both.