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Lovin’ my ereader

I’ve been the owner of an ereader (a Nook color) for a little over a year now, and I love it. Don’t get me wrong, I still treasure my hardbacks and paperbacks, but my ereader gets used on a daily basis, and I can honestly say I am so happy to have it.  Here are some of the great things about my ereader:

*I can store a lot of books in a small space.  I tend to read several books at once and often have several more books checked out from the library that I’m planning to read next.  This results in books ALL OVER my house.  With my ereader, all the books are stored on one device, creating less mess and taking up less space.

*No late fees!  When you check out ebooks from the library, they simply disappear off of your device at the end of the lending period, so you never get a late fee.  You would think that as a library employee, I would be at the library often enough that I would never have late items, but at least once a month I forget something is due and leave it at home.

*When I encounter a word I don’t know, I can look it up right there on my Nook.  It sounds silly, but when reading I often run into words I don’t know the meaning of, and with my Nook I just touch the word and it takes me right to dictionary.com where I can learn the meaning.

*I can check out library books from home even when the library is closed.  Before I had my ereader, I would often find myself wishing the library was open late at night because there was a specific book I wanted right then.  Now, I can check out ebooks 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

*I can check out library books while lying on the couch wearing my pajamas.  Who doesn’t love that?

Do you have an ereader?  What do you love about it?

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Easy reader

You’re right. We should have written this piece before Christmas. Sorry about that. But for those of you who are still in the market for an e-reader, or maybe want to return the piece of junk your technoramous boyfriend bought you and get something really cool, here’s a helpful site, bursting with analysis about what to buy and why.  Or, if it’s ratings charts that

Kindle baby, light my Fire -- Photo from The Christian Science Monitor

turn you on, take a look at this page. It’s got stars, it’s got data, it’s got check marks, it’s got links to reviews. It does everything but slide your debit card.

What? You say you want something authoritative? Well, then, take a look at what PC World has to say.

Today at the reference desk, the phones would have been jumping off their hooks if they still had hooks. It’s the post-Christmas e-book rush. People who hadn’t checked out an actual book since Gutenberg were peppering us with calls to find out what their library card PINs were. (In case you don’t know either, but just haven’t gotten around to calling, the Personal Identification Number is supposed to be the last four digits of your phone number, or else 1234.) The callers had received e-readers for Christmas and wanted to use them right away. Which is great. The library has access to thousands of e-book titles and is happy to share them.

What we don’t have is a crystal ball to declare whether e-books are a fad, or the death of printed books, or just another way to present information that will find its niche with all the other gizmos of our time. What’s your take on e-books and e-readers? For them, against them or passionately uninterested?

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