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Welcome to the online presence of KaBooM, a writing group that has sustained the creative lives of a diverse group of women for over a decade. We hope that getting to know us will inspire you, too!


The KaBooM Writers Notebook: Our Blog

Nooked

My husband gave me a Nook for Christmas.  Don’t get excited. Although it sounds like something naughty, the Nook is an electronic reader. Marketed by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, the Nook rivals Amazon’s Kindle, but the idea behind both products is the same…the user can hold an entire library in one hand.
The Nook is about 5″ by 8″, weighs a paltry 8oz., and holds 1500 books. I can now travel without the 60 lb. bag of reading material that I consider necessary for a trip of any length. My husband gave up arguing with me about the bag years ago although he almost convinced me by pointing out that I look more like the Hunchback of Notre Dame than the sophisticated traveler I aspire to be. Now I can tuck my Nook into my purse or carry-on bag and have hundreds of books available, including a dictionary and a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which came pre-loaded for some reason.
Besides the obvious advantage when traveling, the Nook proved invaluable this winter when ice and snow kept me trapped in my house for weeks. From the comfort of my chair pulled up next to the fire, I could browse an entire bookstore, read reviews, check out new releases and order any book that I wanted with the tap of a key. It was delivered to me in minutes with no driving involved and no haunting the mailbox.
Sound too good to be true? There are drawbacks, of course. The Nook doesn’t offer the feel of the traditional book, the scent of fresh ink, the quiet joy of turning the page. The Nook doesn’t curl up in your hand. However, let’s face it. Not all books are archival material. The thought of forests felled to print the latest thriller or romance novel is disturbing.
Another drawback is the price.  Although the books are cheaper, the reader itself is costly. At roughly 250 dollars, it’s a lot to spend for something that can be scratched or broken. Fall asleep in the bathtub, drop the Nook, and neither one of you will ever be the same.
Still, the Nook has a place in the literary world. It’s convenient, conducive to instant gratification, portable, and green! The trend in electronics has been a steady reduction in price as popularity rises, so the Nook will be less pricy in the future. Just don’t fall asleep while reading in the tub.
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One response to “Nooked”

  1. Lisa MacQueen says:

    Not only is the convenience a benefit, so is the ability to lay the Nook across our palms. Those of us with arthritis in our thumbs know the agony of a marathon reading session and realizing we can’t move our thumbs when finished! I’ll have to get one.

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