I was lucky enough to be gifted a Nook Touch for my recent birthday. It’s a fun new toy, and one that I probably didn’t need (the basis of the gadget industry). If I’ve been working enough to teeter on burnout, it follows that I haven’t had much time to go and read something like a book. I’d love to, and should I ever take a vacation, this this will get quite a workout (I really do miss reading for leisure).
The first reason I started looking at eReaders was for component datasheets. While it may seem like a silly application, the ability to look at the information for a part while I’m sitting at my bench is pretty important. I have a short attention span and having something that can display just the datasheet is a good idea (for me); less chance of my attention being drawn by something else when I switch over to my computer. I also like the idea of longer form engineering-related reading on a portable device. Though the .pdf is a the defacto standard for application notes and certain textbooks even, there aren’t many ways to read these aside from a computer. When I need to really dig into the theory of operation of a part or an application note, I don’t want to be sitting upright in front of a computer for hours on end, nor do I want to carry a laptop onto a comfy chair with me. I can imagine an eReader would be a great asset for people that need to read academic papers on a regular basis, like the PhDs here on Engineer Blogs (GEARS, Cherish and Miss Outlier).
So why a Nook touch over an Amazon Kindle or other eReader?
- Built on Android
- 2 month battery life
- Touch screen instead of a key pad.
- Newer design, some undiscovered features (someone just found an inactivated bluetooth chip onboard the other day, for example)
I’m not a gadget person and this isn’t a gadget blog. But I had seen some other engineering friends enjoy their kindle and thought I might be able to have similar utility in a Nook. I haven’t been disappointed so far, and I’m just getting started. How do you consume information in this, ‘oh-so-digital’ age?