When I was in school, I did not inspire a lot of love from my friends when we had English assignments due. This was in large part due to the fact that I am a natural speed reader. I had then (and have now) the highly irritating ability to blaze through a book and remember most of the details. As a child, I was quizzed on a lot of homework assignments until my parents realized I wasn’t making it up – I really was reading the assignment, and I really did know what I read.
This creates some unique issues for the adult me. I still love to read, I still go through books at a fairly brisk pace, and I am developing enormous space issues. Where does one put all of these books?
One answer, and this is a pretty cool one, is a bookstore that bills itself as an entertainment recycling center. (You may know the one I mean, but I’m not sure about naming it.) When I must have a paper copy of a book, I go there first – because hey, why not get it used? This has a couple of advantages. Here are the two I like best: I can get used books when available, and I can turn my books in – with certain restrictions – and get credit toward a new book. This is a good system for frequent readers.
The second answer – brace yourself, purists, because I’m going there – is an e-reader. There’s too much choice on the market today for this not to be a choice that is at least evaluated by people. I have a nook, the Barnes & Noble e-reader.
I got one not long after they came out, and based on what I’ve seen in the last six weeks or so, what I have is now a nook 1st edition. The 1st edition nook has a Lend Me feature where you can lend certain books to friends with a nook for 14 days. There are some slight design changes in the new nook, but it looks as if the biggest difference is that it features more integration with friends, making it a more social tool as well. nook Friends bills itself as a type of social network, and I’ll be interested to see how that develops.
I also have the nook for PC app on my laptop, and I love it. The app syncs with the nook device, so all of my books are on my laptop as well as my nook. I’m covered, which is an excellent thing for an obsessive reader.
I read both ways. The paper copies of books sitting on my desk right now are Hounded and Hexed, the first two books in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, and Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. The next book on my nook is Jasper Fforde’s One of our Thursdays is Missing.
Let’s talk. Tell me how you read. Do you have a nook? A Kindle? An iPad? Have you gotten the PC or Mac apps for nook or Kindle? Tell me how they work for you.
*post title shamelessly misquoted from Dame Agatha Christie