Monday, January 04, 2010

A Nook is Born

It's here! It landed around 11:10 this morning, and I high-tailed it home at lunchtime to get my Nookie-baby charging so I could read by the time I got home from work. The following is a chronicle of the newborn Nook.

Nondescript packaging hides the wonder inside.

Very promising. Cute Christmas gift wrap of a charming, bookish bent.

Oooh, ahhhh! Chuck is a sucker for good packaging, as am I. He deemed this one "almost as good as Mac packaging."

The oohs and ahhhs really started flowing at this point. It was a bit of a difficult delivery as we had a hell of a time getting the Nook out of its extremely secure plastic shell.

Finally, a very unflattering picture of me, though I am very very happy at this point. Daisy is not quite sure about the whole business. For those of you who haven't seen her in a while (I've been horrible at posting pics), her radar ears are still in full effect.
So I've had an evening to play with the Nook, and I LOVE IT. It's very easy to use, very clean and crisp, and I am quite sure it will suck up many many hours of my reading time. I've downloaded several free classics (Dracula, The House of the Seven Gables, etc.) and one actual pay-for-it e-book, Kathryn Stockett's much-blogged-about, The Help. I'm also contemplating downloading Confessions of a Closet Master Baker, by Gesine Bullock-Prado.
Realistically, if I'm being realistic of course, I should finish up a couple more printed books before I get too far gone into Nookland. It shouldn't take me much longer to finish up Keeping the Feast and Emma.
P.S. My work comrades were making bets on whether or not I would come back to work after lunch. They knew I was a wee bit excited.


  1. those things look so cool but i'm scared that if i get one i'll give up on my favorite little used bookstore

    so what if all the books smell like old people? it counts as a visit to grandma and gramdpa right?

  2. thrilled for you.

    jealous beyond belief. (but in a good way)

  3. Awww; I'm happy you're so excited about it! I'm still a bit of a Luddite, so I'll stick with my paper books. hehe

  4. YAY! YAY! YAY! Glad you love it - have fun. =)

  5. Yay! I'm so glad it came and that you loved it. Have you named it yet?

  6. Envy! It looks so pretty and useful. Though I have heard the Nook has a slightly slow page-turning mechanism - have you found that to be a problem?

  7. Ooh, you are lucky! Glad you like it so much . . . and your dog is TOO cute!

  8. Yay! I've been thinking about getting either a nook or a Kindle. With the baby on the way, we just don't have the room for my books anymore. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

  9. CONGRATS! I hope the love affair continues!

  10. You lucky girl! The Nook looks so cute!

  11. Very good! I myself got a Kindle for Christmas from my wife. Some people are skeptical, but I love it. The print is large-- something that I'm appreciating as I approach 50.

  12. I can't wait! (Mine hasn't even been born yet.) Maybe we can try out the share feature sometime?

  13. I'm interested to see how you like it, and I wonder how it compares to the Kindle, etc. Congrats on the *first* new arrival!!

  14. Christopher, as I was walking through Wal-Mart the other night, we happened to pass the books section. Chuck (fiance) said, "WEll, I guess we can say goodbye to printed books!" I looked at him as if he'd sprouted three extra heads. Printed books will NEVER be replaced. I doubt I could tear myself away from my favorite used store, Nook or not. The Nook is really cool, but I still love the feel of a book in my hands.

    Lena, thank you!

    LOL, I know what you mean, Eva. I'll never get over the feel of a book in my hands, but this Nook will come in incredibly handy for work reading, travel, and cutting down on *some* of the books that flow into my very small townhouse and stack up in all the corners.

    Thanks, Eli! So far my bond with my Nook is coming along nicely. :D

    Kathy, no official name yet aside from "Nooktastic."

    Jenny, I haven't felt that to be a problem at all! In fact, I played with my share of first generation Kindles and a couple of second generation, and I'd say the Nook is a wee bit faster. I also demo'ed one in the store, and it was incredibly slow, but my new one is no problem at all.

    Thank you, Steph! Daisy says hello and gave me a lick on the wrist for your sweet comment.

    Pilgrim Soul, I KNOW EXACTLY what you mean! We live in a fairly too-small townhouse, and we're looking for a new place to move into in August. The books stacking up around here are getting in the way these days, so I'll be converting some of them into digital format. The way I figure it, I can sell the ones I want to weed to the UBS and use that money to buy e-book copies. Chuck's idea, and not a bad one at that!

    Thank you, Tara! So far, so good!

    Thanks, Stephanie! It is cute. I pet it every single day. lol

    Johnny, I hear that! I actually upped the print size on mine the other night and was instantly relieved and overjoyed. As an English prof my eyes are stressed anyway, so any time I can read something bigger, it's a good thing. Enjoy that Kindle!

    Thanks, Kailana!

    Jill, oh no! I thought you were one of the class of January 4th for delivery. I'll be thinking of you until your Nook arrives, and I TOTALLY want to share! I don't know anyone else with a Nook, so I'm dying to use that feature.

    Thanks, Bluestalking! So far I love it, but I'll post a proper "review" soon. In the meantime I'm downloading Emma to take with me to work today. It was free! Whee!

  15. *drools* That is all. Lol

    Have fun!!!

  16. Congrats on your new Nook! Have you named him/her yet :P The packaging is pretty impressive, that hardshell makes it look like an oversized iPod.

  17. LOL, J.S.!

    Joanne, that was my thought re: oversized iPod. I haven't named it yet beyond calling it "Nooktastic." lol

  18. Agreed about the packaging being almost as good as mac packaging! LOVE the pic of Daisy! I've missed seeing her. I can't believe how big she is, and the ears are still the same! SO CUTE. HAPPY READING!

  19. Ooooooh so preeeety! :) Congrats!
    The Crowded Leaf.

  20. Oh how fun! Enjoy the nook. I love that Daisy was in on the action too :)


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