Perhaps you’re reading that headline and resisting the idea. Perhaps you’re just opposed to the whole concept of electronic books and love books on paper, as physical objects. Or, contrariwise, perhaps you’ve got an e-reader of your own already and see no need to take one out from the library.* In either case, I’m going to try to persuade you to give our Nooks a try.
Let’s start with the first group of people. I have great sympathy for anyone in the “I don’t want my beautiful books superseded by electronic devices! I want a library with shelves of books, not screens!” camp. I’ve been there myself, and (obviously) love books to excess. However, there are times when an electronic reader makes more sense than carrying around an armful of books.
One of those times is when you’re traveling. I personally have had one occasion when I was flying internationally and I foolishly brought only a couple of books, which I finished reading (even more foolishly!) before the beginning of my return trip. Imagine being stuck in an airport with nothing to read! Imagine a seven hour flight with no books! Yes, it was horrifying and I don’t know how I managed to survive. Each of the library’s Nooks is preloaded with a hundred books. This could have stood me in good stead for a trip around the world (all right, maybe not that long, but you get the idea).
Nooks are also lightweight and very portable, and you can read them in semi-darkness with the glow-light feature. The weight issue alone makes them worth bringing on a long trip (realistically, there are only so many physical books you can carry at a time, even if they’re all paperbacks).
Another advantage of Nooks is print size. Sadly, not every book you want to read is in large print and sometimes large print is your best option for reading (especially those of us who are no longer in our 20’s or even 30’s). You can change the print size of any book contained in any Nook by a simple touch. All books can be large print if you want!
Finally, you should at least try a Nook so you can have a rational basis for telling people that you prefer reading books on paper to books on devices. It might turn out that once you’ve tried a Nook, you’ll like it, perhaps not to the point where you prefer them to books on paper, but perhaps as a supplement to “real” books. How will you ever know for sure if you don’t give a Nook a try? And where will you ever get the opportunity to try a Nook with less risk than by taking one out of the library?
Now, for people in the second category, the people who have their own electronic reading devices, whether Nooks or Kindles or iPads or whatever. You’re probably thinking you don’t need to take out a Nook; you already have one (or the equivalent) and you’re already sold on the idea of reading on electronic devices.
For you, the issue isn’t the Nook itself, but all the things on the Nook. Each one is unique, with a slightly different set of books. There are five specialized Nooks: one is for nonfiction, one is for romance, one is for thrillers and mysteries, one is for urban fiction, one for science fiction and fantasy. If you take one of the specialized ones out, you are likely to find books in that genre you haven’t read before, maybe even ones you haven’t seen before. Even if you take one of the non-specialized ones, you’re likely to find books you haven’t encountered before.
Not to mention that a Nook can be (to some extent) personalized. Is there a hot book that you want that’s got hundreds of holds so you won’t get it for ages? How about that book for your book club that you can’t get anywhere in time for the meeting. It’s possible we can download it to a Nook while you’re waiting! Talk about service!
Interested? Come on over to the Nook Catalog of the Field Library and see what we have, and then come in and take a Nook for a spin yourself. You won’t regret it.
*Or perhaps you have no idea what a nook is or why anyone would want one, in which case this entire post will be incomprehensible to you, and I apologize for that.