Post # 1
Let me start out by saying this post is a vent, and not meant to grind anyone’s gears or get anyone upset based on my disagreeing with their personal preference…
Darling Husband is buying me a Nook eReader for Christmas. I am SO excited! I have the Nook App on my Droid and have read 3 books on it since downloading the app two weeks ago, but am very much looking forward to a larger screen and the e-ink technology to reduce eye strain.
But for some reason, there are many people who hear that I’m getitng a Nook who feel the need to rain on my parade – they seem like they’re personally insulted that I would DARE to read a “book” on an electronic device! They act as though they’re personally offended that I would even use the word “BOOK” to describe what I’m reading! I’ve even had people tell me that when the terrorists use the electronics-destroying-pulse and wipe out all electronics, that they’ll be the ones laughing because I won’t be able to read and they will… as though I will lose the ABILITY to read by using an e-Reader?!
It’s really annoying, I just don’t understand – I get that some prefer to have a physical book in their hands, whether it be the look, feel, weight, smell, whathaveyou. But I’m not asking them to burn their books and buy an e-reader… I’m just excited about my OWN e-Reader that I’ll be getting soon! Also, many of the people who feel the need to insert their commentary have never even tried to read a book on an e-Reader, and have no basis for their “preference”…
Vent over, just annoying, that’s all.
Post # 3
Haha. I’m a book lover through and through, but I would love to have an eReader! It’s not like I would get rid of all of my books! Silly, silly people.
Post # 4
I’m surprised you’ve gotten backlash from people! I got a Sony E-reader for Christmas last year and I LOVE it. And every time I travel with it, I get multiple people who ask me about it, want to see it, comment on wishing they had one, etc. I’ve never had a single person talk negatively about using an e-book. Sorry people around you suck.
Post # 5
I hear ya! I’m getting a kindle and am soooo excited. I will admit that I am a lover of books and love the way they feel/smell (I’m weird, I know). And there is a certain something about books that cannot be replaced by an e-reader.
THAT being said… I commute on crowded trains for 2 hours every day. Do you know how heavy it is to carry books in your bag? And how annoying it is to bump elbows with people every time you turn a page?? I DO!! And I cannot WAIT to have my convenient little e-reader in my purse. 🙂
Vent on sister!
Post # 6
@MissBoPeep – it’s incredible to me, I just don’t understand why there is such deep-rooted animosity toward the e-reader from people who haven’t even given it a chance!
I love love love books and bookstores (Belle from Beauty and the Beast, seriously), libraries – but in recent years, I’ve found that I just haven’t read as much, because it’s not necessarily as convenient as it used to be for me. But just having the app on my phone has rekindled (no pun intended) my love affair with reading, and I’ve read 3 books in the last week and a half!
Just so weird that people get so up in arms over something so trivial, that really has nothing to do with them – they seriously seem like they are personally offended that I would read a book on an e-reader. Weird…
Post # 7
@FutureKMM! I was so surprised too – at first I just laughed because it was older people like my great grandmother, who is not about to change her way of doing things (which is kind of funny since she’s on Facebook and does her genealogy online)… but then it started from people who I never would have expected it from – and the terrorist pulse bomb comment? That was from my mother! So ridiculous! I had to let her know that my ability to read was not going to be compromised and in the event that a terrorist pulse bomb happened to kill my Nook, I’d just have to go back to the physical book collection I have, or hit up my local library… of course, their cataloging system would be shot to hell! Can you imagine? All the e-Reader folks raiding the library?
Post # 8
And the most recent was my uncle who was appalled that I would even consider reading an ebook to be enjoyable… as he swoooned over his mp3 player that he had just received as a christmas gift. I wanted to tell him I was disgusted that he would listen to a digital version of his favorite music, that it wasn’t REAL music unless it was on LP.
Post # 9
Ive actually gotten backlash from one person too!
I posted on my facebook that I really wanted a kindle and I had a ‘friend’ tell me how “stupid kindles are and that they are a waste of money because most people only read one book at a time and theres no need to have one to store more than 1 book at a time”
It suuuper upset me .. but oh well .. I guess I am stupid for wanting one 🙂 & still wanting one!
Post # 10
Theres so few people that actually read ANYTHING nowadays, I don’t begrudge people who read e-books as opposed to “real” books. I just like to hear about people reading, however they do it! There is a part of me that is nervous that they will someday replace all “real” books with e-books though! Eek!
I love everything about books – but if I traveled lots (or commuted on public transit), I’d buy a e-reader in a heartbeat.
Post # 11
wow, people can be a tad ridiculous sometimes! I don’t read much (although I think I might try to start getting into it soon), but my mother reads all the time. My father got her a Kindle for her birthday last April and she LOVES it. I don’t see what the big deal is.
@7SEVENJ9: LOL. I can’t believe someone actually said that about the terrorist thing. As if just because you use the Nook you can’t go back to regular books..
Post # 12
@gabrielleelise1981: I agree with you about ultimately replacing books completely being scary. In THAT case I agree with the person who made the terrorist remark, because then, all would be lost. But as long as the world is still producing books on paper, long live e-readers!
Post # 13
@7SEVENJ9: Well, if it makes you feel any better, even though I kinda don’t want one right now, I’m thinking there’s a good chance I’m getting a Kindle for Christmas… although all I really want is a proposal, so it’s hard to appreciate even a good gift right now.
Books have changed form since they were invented – they used to be in scroll for or on cave walls for crying out loud – I reserve book purchases now for classics and books I truely love and want to keep forever, but I read so darn quickly, I exhaust paperbacks and library books too quickly. I ofetn find myself with NOTHING to read simply because Ive read and re-read it all, already, so a device I can use to get a book on the fly is probably good for me. Boo to anyone telling you otherwise – if they don’t like the e-Reader, they don’t have to get one.
Post # 14
I’m actually not really a fan of the e-readers, and prefer to hold a bound book, but I certainly wouldn’t be trying to talk others out of the e-readers. To each their own 😉
Post # 15
i looooove my ereader! Fiance cant get into it…he is def a page turner. He is also the guy who goes to the library every week and gets 3 books to read and reads them that week. He is more of a reader than me but i highly enjoy my ereader.
Post # 16
Haha I had a big internal debate about whether to get a Kindle or not… although mainly my worry was outdating libraries (I prefer to hold a real book) and if Amazon crashes, where do all my e-books go? But I’m getting one to read all my research papers on for work – saves trees and paper! I am sooo excited!