Books for Christmas – and a Nook Color with a bright pink case! Thanks to my husband and son’s very generous gift, I’m in it now. I have an e-reader. And I must admit, it’s pretty fun. I can already envision a vacation without my heavy tote bag. I will not miss that pain in my shoulder, the one that caused me to move the bag back and forth in a fruitless effort to relieve the pressure. After watching the Nook’s introductory video and getting my account set up, I had to think for awhile about my first purchase. I thought maybe short stories would be a good way to plunge into this new world – and I’ve had my eye on Ann Beattie’s New Yorker Stories. Truthfully, one of the reasons I hesitated to purchase the “real” book is that it’s over 500 pages – and our shelf space is at a premium. So, I pushed the button, and as advertised, it was there in seconds.
Here’s the scary part. It’s just too easy. You think of it here – and it comes out there! And out of your checking account as well, but that’s another issue… I wish it were a little harder than just pushing a button. For example, a video would pop up and a friendly little book character (maybe Winnie-the-Pooh) would come on and say: “you realize, of course, that you are purchasing this book. Do you really want it?” I would answer yes anyway, but it might be a good reminder that this is real money were talking about!
Books were the gift of choice in our house and with Mother Nature throwing a blizzard into the mix, we’ve had lots of time to enjoy them. I gave my husband several gardening books, so as the wind howls outside, he is planning for spring. My son has been looking at a couple of new books about jazz, and my father (visiting from Ohio) has already started Jim the Boy by Tony Earley.
I hope everyone had a happy Christmas – and if you live in New England, safe travels…