Throughout my life, I’ve gone through phases where I read voraciously, and then got away from the habit for whatever reason. I didn’t need glasses until I was in my 20’s and was in grad school – because of reading 8 hours a day… and then there was my co-worker who had a friend who worked at Book of the Month Club and could get damaged books at a steep discount.
Well, I’m once again addicted, and this time, I can point to the E-reader as the cause. There is some precedent. I was an early Palm/Mindspring geek because I’m kind of anal about organization, and Al Gore had not invented Outlook yet. But on the internet, sites were cropping up where you could download either free classics, or more current books at really good prices. The Palm readers were really handy, but you had to deal with the tiny screens. Otherwise, you could be in a really boring meeting, flip out your Palm, and everyone thought you were working while enjoying Winston Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples. seriously.
Then, I picked up a Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight earlier this year, and have been off to the races. I take it everywhere and find myself powering it up whenever I have a free moment. And I now have the habit of reading for a half hour or so before falling off to sleep. It’s really much better than anything on TV.
If there’s a downside, it’s that I have to budget – both my time and my money. It’s easy to get wrapped up in a good read and put off other activity/chores. It also gets a little expensive reading current releases, although they are still cheaper than hardbounds.
The other factor is that the technology/competition brings down the prices quickly as new models are released. Last I saw, the Kindle was selling for half of what I paid, and the Nook has already come down by $40 now that Amazon has a backlit model.
So this is a bike blog, right? My point is that my Nook has become an integral part of my bike kit. If I’m on a longer ride where I know I’ll be stopping halfway just to relax and chill, I toss the reader in the Carradice. Stopping along the stream for 20 minutes and reading a chapter creates a wonderful interlude.
On the last four overnight outings, the Nook has assumed a spot of equal importance along with the french press. Necessity – no; comfort – yup. Nothing beats communing with nature than a good book, and climbing in the tent after dark and reading for an hour or so makes the luxury of quiet time that more delightful.
I’m not riding alot lately for a host of reasons: schedules, weather, house work, firewood, etc…, but the Nook is getting a good workout.