Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Toy!!

Quote for the Day:
"A bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist".
-- Franklin P. Jones's time I fessed up about something...

When the Kindle book readers first came out a few years ago, I looked at the one a friend of mine bought and THOUGHT, "what a gimmick!  Who needs that?  That will never catch on."  

Of course, what I SAID was, "Cool, looks nice."  :)   (I was raised with the adage "if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all".)

Over the last few years, I've seen other companies come out with similar e-book readers and more and more people buying them.  Then, a couple years ago, the library started coming out with e-books that you could download for free and every time I log on to the library's website, they have more and more e-books listed.  

I guess this isn't a phenomenon that isn't going away any time soon.  But the clincher for me was when I found a book that I really wanted to read and it was available instantly electronically...or I could get into my car, drive 18 miles to the library and check it out...hopefully before someone else got there before me to check out the same book!  This got me started thinking about and researching ebook readers to see which one might be best for me. 

After much research, I finally decided on a Nook and ordered a "certified pre-owned" one from Barnes & Noble and ordered it just before we left on our trip to Wisconsin for the wedding.  

It arrived while we were gone and was waiting at my neighbor's house...along with all our other mail...when we arrived home!  :D

Be still my beating heart!  I'm in LOVE!!!  :D 

I ended up purchasing the Nook Simple Touch, refurbished, because it carries the exact same warranty as a new one but I saved $40 over the cost of a "new" one.   (Checking the B & N site now, I see that they have come down another $20 to $79...I paid $99 for mine.)

BTW, the Nook Simple Touch was Consumer Reports #1 pick in e-book readers!  That, along with the fact that it was a touch screen, only weighs about 7 ounces, has a micro SD card slot for expandable memory (not all e-readers have expandable memory), and it comes standard with an A/C adaptor were all reasons that I chose this particular item/model. 

After selling one of my vintage sewing machines several weeks ago, I decided that with all the reading I do, that buying a Nook would be my treat to myself.  I used a portion of the money I made from the sewing machine to pay for the Nook.  (Note that the price of the Nook was LESS than what I sold my sewing machine for!)

I have already downloaded 4 books from the library onto my Nook.  It's so easy...takes a couple of seconds to download the book to my computer and then another 2 seconds (literally, SECONDS) to transfer the book to the Nook!  How easy-peasy is that??  So easy, even an old lady like me can do it!  :D

I still download audio books to my MP3 player to listen to while driving to and from work and while I quilt.  (I've even figured out how to use a tape adaptor in the earphone slot of the MP3 player so that I can listen to the audio books over my car stereo system when driving.  Before figuring this out, I had to use ear buds to listen when driving.)

I'm becoming quite the electronics wizard!  LOL


1 comment:

  1. I'm jealous! However very happy for you! I'm glad you treated yourself to an e-reader. I have a kindle reader app on my phone and love usin' it but I've used my mom's nook and my dad's kindle and must say they're much easier to use than an android app. Enjoy the new toy!!!