Nook & Cranny

Reading is often a luxury absconded; There are so many things to do. How can I find the time to fall away into the pages of other places? Technology solves it again and now such a leisure is more prone to the fingertips than it was previously. I am now the proud owner of a Barnes & Noble Nook [and not that awful color Nook which is no different than staring at a monitor]. My book collection is easier to tote around and I can better enjoy my escapades of reading when such moments arise.

I avoided E-readers for quite some time. When they first came out, the prices were over-jacked into the $400 range. It was more practical (and fiscally responsible) to just buy the books themselves. Apparently the designing corporations finally figured out that the ‘latest & greatest’ doesn’t mean cheapest & most practical, thus they lowered their prices. At around $150 now, e-readers make more sense for the regular book buyer than the hard copies themselves (which kill trees, collect dust and rot with age).

While I’m fond of the Nook, it definitely has shortcomings [hopefully B&N is paying attention]. From a tech perspective, the Nook falls short of the Amazon Kindle. However, this difference is just a nuance to the average person and only the unnecessarily efficient geek really cares about the micro-seconds saved in the CPU comparisons anyway. While I am such a geek, my criticisms on the Nook aren’t about the technical side of things, they’re about the basics of library management and shelving as B&N calls it. Unfortunately these problems aren’t just limited to the Nook, they’re also an issue with other e-book readers. Managing hundreds of e-books [or more in my case]is a cumbersome headache that is only partially alleviated using third-party management tools like Calibre.

From the feature side of things, I think the Nook really excels. It’s simple to use, the screen is well contrasted and book purchases made online are easily synced to your reader. The web browser really sucks, but then again, if you’re buying an e-reader to surf the web you should probably be wearing a special helmet. The Nook has what you need to read books plus the added advantage of chilling in your local B&N cafe with a latte and reading anything you want for an hour, for free. Unless Amazon can kick up a nice contract with Starbucks, I think they’ll have a hard time fighting the competition on this one.

When it comes to leisure escapes & enjoyments, I think I made my Nook purchase at just the right time too. Life (or should I say mismanaged government in Texas) has been throwing me a few curve balls. For my job, I can push a button that updates data all across the country in a matter of minutes. Why does it take the state of Texas EIGHT BUSINESS DAYS to process a fine and update my driving records?? The absolute incompetence of the Texas legislature in creating an efficient computer network system is mind-boggling to the point of anger. Any business run like this state would have failed a long time ago (or shut down as a pyramid scheme)! It’s no wonder there’s over one million unlicensed drivers in this state.

Fortunately, I can at least abate my furies in the electronic pages of my Nook and flush the deepest, furthest crannies of my mind with thoughts more refreshing than the ill-run Texas Department of Public S….ummm..Saftey, yeah, that’s the word. The myriad of e-books at my disposal now keep me entertained (and oft educated) with a colorful variety of thoughts so that I remember, no matter what God-awful state I live in, it’s the state of mind that counts more than anything.

I look forward to the harmonious union of simplicity with existence. Enough writing now, I need to get back to reading.

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