My husband got me a NookColor for Christmas, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading my first nook book on it. I have to say, I was definitely skeptical at first. I love the feel and smell and the whole experience of having a real book in my hands. I just thought the Nook, or any e-reader, would be a poor substitution for that. I did buy a cover for it, though, to try to make it feel more like a real book. I don’t know if it feels more like a real book or not, but it is pretty.

So, after reading my first book on my Nook, I can definitely say that I didn’t hate it. However, with the NookColor, it was still like looking at a computer screen. I could’ve just asked for the original Nook, but I really liked the LendMe function, so this is why I wanted the NookColor. I like that there are so many e-books that can be downloaded for free. I have quite a few of the classics so far, in addition to the Bible and some other free books that looked like something I might enjoy.

I definitely do not see myself converting my library into an electronic one. I love my hardcopies too much. However, I will be willing to pay for a few e-books when I travel. I think this will be the main advantage of having a Nook.

There is one thing I don’t understand though. Why are some e-books more expensive than paperbacks? Not as if I would buy a paperback, though, unless it was a book I really wanted that was just not published in hardcover. And if a person is going to spend between $20 and $30 for a nice hardcover, wouldn’t it be nice if that included a certificate or code for a free, or even a low priced, e-book of the same thing? I mean, it’s already been purchased. There are DVD combo packs with more than one movie format, now. Why should books be any different?

I’d definitely be interested to see what the publishing industry has to say about that idea.