I love technology, oxymoronic though that may seem coming from a dinosaur. The thing is, I never lose sight of the fact that technology is a tool. As long as I can store and retrieve data from paper more efficiently than from electrons, then paper it is for charts, addresses, and calendar. Then again, once I find a piece of technology that helps with one function (iPod touch for Epocrates), I’m thrilled at the serendipity of finding other uses for it.
As of this writing, I have several desktop computers (one at home, two at the office), one laptop, one netbook (mainly for travel), digital camera, digital video camera, cell phone, and an iPod touch. They meet my needs, and the vast majority of my wants. What about an iPad? Until the iPad can multitask, and until it runs flash (or whatever my EMR ends up migrating to), it does not. What about a Blue Ray player? Between the DVR for time-shifting TV viewing and the DVD player for movies, ditto.
What about a Kindle or one of the other ebook readers out there? I considered looking into them a few weeks ago while birthday shopping for DinoDaughter, but she saved the day by requesting something else. The thing is, I love books. I don’t find the paper versions of them overly cumbersome. Before purchasing an eReader, I’d have to research the various options, features, formats, and so on before making a carefully considered choice. After all, it’s a big decision. After much thoughtful deliberation, I concluded that I really do not need an ebook reader at this time.
So of course last night after sunset (Erev Birthday*), Dearest Darling Spouse presented me with a birthday gift: the Barnes & Noble ebook reader known as the Nook.
First order of business after charging the thing up is to give it a name. This isn’t just me being cutesy; electronic devices need names. So I named it Nookie, as I’m sure 60% of people do (20% probably call it “Nook”, 10% call it “Reader”, 5% call it “Mine”, and the other 5% give it a person’s name). I haven’t had time to do more than superficially peruse the freebies. Hell, I’ve barely had time to update this blog, much less keep up with the newspaper, TiVo’d entertainment, and books in progress (both reading and writing). Therefore any advice about the care and feeding of ebook readers in general and the Nook in particular are welcome.
Technology. I do love it.
* Today I am 52, meaning that if I had a card for each birthday, I’d finally be playing with a full deck.