Friday, March 1, 2013

the newest member of the e-reader club


My name is Brittany and I am the newest member of the e-reader club.

If you didn't know, I am pretty old-fashioned.

My mama has been trying to convince me to get an e-reader for years. She's even offered to generously gift me a Kindle or Nook  for the past 3 Christmases and or for my birthday! Each time I pleasantly declined.

I didn't want to give into the trend. I didn't want to "have to" get used to a new technological thing.

I felt in some way that if I got an e-reader, I was saying goodbye to actual books. 
I felt that I was helping make printed materials extinct and that really scares me as SO much reading material is on the web now; from newspapers to magazines and of course, books.

About two weeks ago, I justified my purchase of a Nook Simple Touch thanks to birthday money.

My physical being is progressively declining. that's the nature of my muscle disease, SMA-Spinal Muscle Atrophy.

I have a noticed my arms becoming weaker, especially in the last year and the last 5 months I haven't been able to wash the right side of my face, thus needing someone to do it for me.

Because of my arms weakening, I decided to get the Nook, BUT i will still purchase and read physical, thinner paperbacks, like Safe Haven!

Here is the beauty!

Most covers for the Nook are around $30, psshh yeh right, this girl needed  something cheaper.

I then saw online one day shortly after purchasing my Nook that Sew Beastly was offering a coupon code and I totally had to snatch one up! They are just so darling and whimsical. I was a bit concerned with the measurements and if the Nook would fit, but after comparing both, I knew it would. I thought that the wristlet would be able to happily hold & protect my Nook!

When I got Citlalli's pretty package, I put my Nook in there, along with a micro-fibre cloth to clean the screen and they both fit, but just barely. I mean, I CAN zip it up, so that's all that matters.

I could  just tell how much love & care that Citlalli puts into her packaging and product! I love it! I also recently learned from her website that her products contain, "batting/interfacing made from recycled plastic bottles." 
Nice to the environment too? ah :)

I ended up getting this pretty purple & yellow ruffled wristlet. I was contemplating this one too.

I'll mainly use the Nook (for now) for books that are on my running list that  are heavier or only in hardcover. I am really hoping I can keep this system going for years. Transitioning to ALL of my books on the Nook, IF i can no longer hold a book up while laying down will sadden me terribly! BUT i won't dwell on what hasn't even happened.

You see,  97% of the time I read books and magazines at night. Reading at night is so enjoyable to me. There are less distractions and i feel cozy laying in  bed with my 12 pillows surrounding me as I quietly read, either letting my mind be taught and expanded or mindlessly being entertained.

As of now, I have 2 books downloaded: 
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin( currently reading) and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

If anyone wants to get me a Barnes & Noble giftcard for Christmas, I'd love it! haha 

Ok, seriously though, if any of you have a Nook, let me know, because i hear that we can borrow books from each other somehow? Not sure how that works, but I'd definitely be interested!


Lauren said...

I had the exact same hesitation with e-readers before I got the kindle app on my iPad. I didn't think I'd like reading books electronically because I love having the actual book in hand & turning pages and whatnot. But after using my kindle, all hesitation quickly flew out the door. I love having such easy access to all my books & never needing a light on to read when it's dark. & you can buy a new book or borrow from others quickly & easily. Very convenient. I hope you end up loving your nook as much as I love my kindle :). Btw, Safe Haven is my favorite book!! The movie is really great too.

Citlalli Sanchez said...

Thanks for featuring my wristlet, Brittany! I am on the fence about e-readers...maybe I will be a bit more adventurous? Thanks for all your support, it means the world to me!! Glad it worked out :]

chrysalis1975 said...

I have a NOOK ereader and still have PB books!! I really like your new wristlets...I'll check out the website :-). I haven't read Safe Haven yet, but I do enjoy Nicholas Sparks' novels :-) I think there's a LendMe associated with sharing books, but I've never done it is my nook email so maybe we can figure something out?



Pammy said...

Hi Britt! Welcome to the e-reader club! I also feel the same way about books. I still love the smell of old library books. And even though I have the Kindle I'll still check out books from the library. I remember when you said that there are certain books that are hard for you to hold for long periods of time. The Nook you bought will be perfect for you, it's very light and does not weigh a lot. I also love the cute little bag you bought. I'm going to check out her website! I'm a little bummed that we can't share books, because we are always comparing books that we read. I will have to look into it! Congrats on your e-reader purchase!!