Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nook Drama

So, not long after I posted my drooling lovefest for the Nook and professed my deeply held desire to own one, reader Mike commented.

"Get me your address," he said, "and I'll send you one."

My ingrained discomfort with people giving me expensive gifts (remember, I told the fam to go together on it in that post...) warred with my lust for the little device for a while, but in the end, lust won out. I asked Mike to drop the cash in my tip jar instead of giving out my address, and he graciously understood my desire to protect my sooper secret identity.

"Just don't spend it on anything responsible, like a kidney or tuition." He said.

The money arrived and I... got a little excited. I immediately went to Barnes & Noble's website and began ordering my nook. Only to have Farmmom message me in IRC saying "DON'T ORDER A NOOK I HAVE ONE SITTING RIGHT HERE!"

With just a touch more profanity.

See, Farmmom and Mamaw had conspired and ordered me one for my birthday before we ever went to Denver and I got a chance to play with one.

It arrived Tuesday, a few hours before I tried to order one for myself.

So, I emailed Mike and explained the situation, and asked if he would prefer I return the money or solemnly swear to spend it irresponsibly. He told me to splurge, and so I ordered the accessories I wanted, and transferred the rest into my bank account (it should be there in a few days, damn PayPal for being so slow!) to buy ebooks.

The items I ordered have been shipped and will hopefully be here in a few days. Pictures to go up when they arrive, as proof of my being irresponsible.

And I'll just say here that I have the coolest readers ever, and a big Thank You to Mike for the sentiment and the mad money.

Each and every one of my readers rock, just for being here and reading... but to know that I have readers who are willing to throw down hard earned cash to make a person (me or not) smile... well. That's just amazing.

4 comments:

Christina LMT said...

Yay! Cool readers rock.

Glad you got your Nook, enjoy it!

Crucis said...

I've been toying with the idea of getting an ereader for some time. At the moment, I'm leaning towards Border's new offering (dang! Can't remember the name of it now.)

My problem is that I have a bunch of e-books in HTML form from Baen and few, so far, support that mode. Mobi format is close to e-pub but that format isn't available for all my books.

It's a dilemma.

Casi K. said...

I have a Nook and I love, love, love it. You will not regret getting one. When people ask me what I want for my birthday/Mother's Day/etc., I just say, "Get me a B&N gift card! That's all I want!"
Since I've gotten mine, I've gotten one for my daughter and convinced my mom and a coworker to get them as well. (That coworker has since bought one for his wife!) No complaints. And the reps in the B&N stores can answer any questions that you have about the device. Good luck. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Casi K. said...

Crucis,
You can always convert your books to pdf and sideload them to the Nook. If you don't have a pdf converter, they are usually free to download. Open your document, click "Print" and change your printer to the pdf application. It will then convert your document in a single step.
Good luck in your e-reader search (but I highly recommend the Nook! :)

The Borders ebook is called Kobo. Unlike the Nook, it has no wireless capabilities so all of your books must be sideloaded. It is not tied exclusively to Borders, it is just sold by them in the US (It is a Canadian import.)

Quick Nook tip: To see free books available for your Nook, in the search window type 0.00. If you type the word "Free," it will return titles containing that word. And there is a new free book available every Friday. Read the Unbound blog on the Nook website every Friday for the details.