I finally made the leap and bought a Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. I had resisted buying an e-reader for quite some time; after all, I work in a library and have books at my fingertips every day. But when Barnes & Noble came out with the Glowlight feature, I began to see possibilities. I was a little concerned about buying books since that is something I rarely do. So, I justified my first purchase by starting with a relatively hard-to-find book by an older author, Nevil Shute, titled No Highway. It’s a great book, by the way, especially if you’re the engineering type. And that’s when I fell in love with my Nook. I could read it anywhere! No longer was I bound by having to sit near a light. I could read out on the patio, camping, in the car or in bed at night. No more reading by flashlight as I have been known to do in the past.
As soon as I finish No Highway, I will turn to the Overdrive collection offered by the library. I’ve already spent time exploring Overdrive since the other librarians and I are asked about it often. There are long waiting lists for newer titles, but I checked the box labeled “show only available copies” and found many books that I could read right away. There are a few steps to take to prepare your e-reader to download these books, but once that’s done, sign in and you’re on your way. The help page on Overdrive is quite good and we have a short video tutorial that is helpful as well. (Scroll down the “How do I…?” page to find the tutorial.)
Is this the end of the printed book for me? I don’t think so, at least not yet. My Nook is great for reading novels, but I’m not so sure how I would like it for books on decorating, cooking, or knitting. Another problem is that some of the major publishers are not giving libraries access to their new titles in digital format. The American Library Association is quite concerned about this and some libraries, such as Sacramento Public Library have been very proactive about the situation. We will be watching closely to see how it all plays out.
One last thing, if you haven’t taken a look at our e-reader petting zoo and tried out the other e-readers on the market, you should take a minute to do so. They are all just a little bit different and just as I think the Nook with Glowlight is perfect for me, you will find one that is perfect for you. And of course, stop by the Info Desk and let us know what you think.