And Then I Ate My Words

Once upon a time, I said that I’d never buy an e-reader, that I love the smell and feel of real books and nothing was more satisfying that flipping though the pages of a novel.

Well, on Sunday, after a couple days of hard deliberation, I went out and bought myself one of these:

A Kobo Touch eReader!

Man, those words taste funny…

I originally had thought about getting one after playing with my Grandpa’s Kindle Fire. I thought to myself, “Self, you read a lot of books. You’d probably save a lot of money if you bought the eBook version.” I also figured that once the baby gets here, it will be a lot easier to read a book with one hand if I only had to flick my finger to turn a page. I’d be mad if I dropped an actual book and lost my page while nursing.

I mentioned the idea of an eReader to Kyle, and he did a little bit of research on the different readers for me. There’s a lot of options!

I had originally thought of getting the Kobo Vox, which is very similar to the Kindle Fire. It has a colour screen, downloadable apps, web access and more. Actually, the Vox, Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook were all pretty equally ranked, with the Fire coming in slightly ahead of the rest. I was leaning towards the Vox based on the in-town availability (I would’ve had to order the Fire or Nook online). I also had a $100 gift card to a big-box electronic store, so that would cut back on the cost of things.

Then I thought about the Kobo Touch. It doesn’t have the pretty colour screen or apps, but it does have Wi-Fi capabilities. I didn’t think I needed yet another wireless device. I already have a laptop and a smartphone, so why get an eReader with a bunch of bells and whistles when I just want to read books? I was certain that I was going to go with the “bare-bones” Touch but THEN Kyle did this:

Thanks, dear! This did not help and only made my brain hurt more. An iPad2 would be pretty amazing. I could pick whichever reader I wanted (iBook, Kobo, Kindle or the Nook) and I’d get full access to all the apps available through Apple (The Kobo only offers a “portion” of the Android apps). But they’re a little pricier than what we wanted to spend and the “yet another wireless device” dilemma came back.

After another night of contemplation, I decided I’d go to said big-box electronic store and try to make up my mind while I was there. The iPad2 was plenty alluring, with it’s pretty screen and über trendiness, but dang – it was just too much for what it was. I think if I were to own an Apple product, it would be an iPhone or a Macbook before a tablet. And – my brother had mentioned that the iPad has horrible visibility in sunlight. Not ideal since I like reading outside. (If it ever gets nice again!)

So, after looking at the Kobo Touch and getting a feel for it, I decided to go for it. It was in my budget and it’s going to do what I want without all the bells and whistles, which is fine by me.

So far, I’m pleased with it. It has Wi-Fi capabilities so I can download new books wherever there’s wireless internet access, plus I can plug it right into my computer and sync it that way. The screen is pretty awesome and it’s easy to read. I’ve downloaded a couple of the free books available from Kobo, and I’m trying to decide what my first actual purchase should be. (I’m leaning towards 50 Shades of Grey – thoughts?)

Perhaps I’ll do a full device review once I finish my fist book. Until then, I’m pretty excited for my new toy :) I’m considering it a “Congratulations on Carrying a Child to Term” gift to myself, lol

Do you have an eReader? What brand? What made you pick it? Do you love it?

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3 thoughts on “And Then I Ate My Words

  1. I LOVE reading on my e-reader! Definitely a good buy :) That is the e-reader I originally wanted but Eric likes to go all out on things and got me the vox for Christmas. It’s fine, I’ve just had some technical problems with it (like not saving my page in a book – SO annoying) and it definitely has more bells and whistles than I actually use AND the battery dies super fast. But overall I really like reading books on it. And I still read real books sometimes, too :)

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