Have you ever thought about getting an e-reader?
Well, if you have, you are not alone. I've thought the very same thing!
And I can't believe my luck - I had the partner up with Staples and review the NOOK Simple Touch and it's an amazing little device that I am so enamoured with already.
Here are a few of the main features of the NOOK, according to Staples' site -
Readable text, even when reading in the sun.
Only about 7 ounces
Holds up to 1000 Books
Holds a charge for up to a month (if you are using the GlowLight) or 2 months without the glow light.
And that is just the beginning!
At first sight, I was obviously thrilled. The NOOK is light as advertised and I carried it in my purse so comfortably all week (which is a wonderful alternative to me carrying several hardbacks or paperbacks around with me all day). Plus, it is somewhat small (about the size of a very thin paperback book, maybe a bit wider) and I comfortably snuck it in between the papers, junk, makeup bags, and change purses I have jammed into my purse!
Now, the actual reading part. First off, I read while on the bus and on occasion, the sun hit the device (when there actually was sun, anyways). I had no distraction from my book and there wasn't any sharp reflexion that prevented me from enjoying it.
And how about that GLOW?
Take a look here...
First, what I love about the glow of the NOOK is its easy to adjust how bright you want it. Plus, it's a soft light. My eyes tend to hurt when I'm reading something lit (like my cell phone, for example) in contrast to a really dark room. So I am very sensitive to this type of thing and had no problems at all reading with the GLOW feature activated while in bed.
Now, how about actually getting the books? Well, here is the only negative - you do need wireless access to download your books to your device. I am lucky that I do have a wireless connection to use and that made downloading my books that much easier.
On a side note, if you don't have a wireless connection, there are instructions on connecting your device to your computer and downloading the books that way.
I'm also really glad for the lending program and the epic amount of free books that you can find with the NOOK. In a couple of weeks, I'll make sure to follow up this post with where you can get free e-books (or borrow them!
There aren't many actually. The NOOK is easy to navigate and use. So, if you are a little intimidated by new technology you don't have anything to worry about. I love the simplicity of this device. I had no interest in getting an e-reader with apps. This may be a negative if you are looking forward to that particular feature, but me, I didn't need that and I appreciated the fact that this is just for books.
Should you buy a NOOK?
My opinion? Yes. There are so many amazing e-books out there, many of which aren't in print form and you know what? It is NOT the same using an e-reader app on your cell phone. It just isn't.
And you know this would make a perfect gift for that reader in your family (or for you!), so click this Staples' link to find out pricing information and other additional details.
Disclaimer: A special thank you to Staples for providing me with a complimentary NOOK in exchange for an honest review.