Wow, so it’s been a while since I’ve done a Toaster Tuesday! Many apologies, but hopefully I’ll be on task now that I’m (sort of) getting used to my new school schedule.
Toaster Tuesday is a series of posts about ereaders, specifically my experiences as a new Nook owner. The concept was partially inspired by a show called Battlestar Galactica. Basically the antagonists in the story are the Cylons, who are robots. The humans like to call them Toasters. I figured since there is a dichotomy between organic and electronic in the book world as well, I’d play with the idea and (affectionately) refer to my Nook as a Toaster. (Her real name is Ariadne, though, thank you very much.)
That’s me hanging with Audrey Hepburn and the Bronte sisters in my friend’s cubicle.
Today’s brief post highlights a neat advantage to owning my Nook. It ties directly into my life as a graduate student, especially as someone who studies Creative Writing. You see, sometimes the need arises to get my hands on a book immediately for reading or reference. This happened to me just the other day, and after checking the university library and my usual library systems, and realizing that I didn’t have time to trek to farther libraries or wait to have a book delivered, I made the decision to purchase the book I needed. But purchasing a paper copy would still cost me in time–even with Amazon’s miraculous two-day shipping for students, that’s two days lost. After feeling despondent that I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on the book in time, I remembered that I had my Nook on me and decided on a whim to see if the book was available through the online store. In fact, it was. So after a couple of clicks, I had the book I needed without even having to leave my seat.
Sure, it cost me in money, but you all know I’m not shy about adding to my collection. It was an investment, and I have the book in a format that makes reading easier for me, and I am now at an advantage (I hope) in my academic career. I’d say it was well worth it.
So another point goes to the Nook and Barnes and Noble’s huge selection!