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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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The Nook

One of my gaming groups had a get-together last night (in which I figured out how to play Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights, andmarinav bought her Nook for me to look over.

I did like what I saw. The screen is easy to read, and the page-flip buttons are are both side of the device so it can be used equally well by lefties and righties. The layout and look of the device is very clean and neat. Another guy there had his Sony e-book reader, and I didn't like it as much. The big extra feature is that the whole screen is touch-sensitive (on the Nook, only the color band at the base of the screen is), but because of that the Sony screen had more glare than the Nook (the extra covering it needs), it also just felt a little clunkier.

The big stumbling block for me is that the e-book prices are still a little too high. I think I'd like a reader like this more for paperbacks, Sf and mysteries and like, rather than big "serious" books, like all my science and history. But the e-book versions of paperback are only a buck or two cheaper than the physical version, and that doesn't seem like enough of a discount for me. The e-book versions of new hardcovers are often significantly cheaper, but it's the same text you'll get with the paperback, so why the ebook hardcover should be still more expensive than the e-paperback I can't figure out. If they knock a few more dollars off, I'll likely take the plunge.

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that doesn't seem like enough of a discount for me.

Same here. I am already convinced of the benefits of e-music -- I buy single tracks from iTunes and get a whole album for less than half what the CD would cost. The books have a long way to go.

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