I’ve finally turned my husband into a digital reader. If you know my husband, you’d know this is a feat worthy of a ceremony with a shiny gold medal and the national anthem playing in the background. Or, at the very least, a cookie.
My husband is a little technology-challenged. He has master electrical, universal HVAC and gasfitter licenses, so he’s no dummy, but email? Forget it. To put it into perspective, there has been a Windows PC in our house for about eight years and CTRL-ALT-DEL escapes him. If there’s an email to be sent, I send it. Of course, if I have a 4.6 pound chunk of meat that has to cook for 20 minutes per pound, he has to tell me how long to cook it, so it all evens out.
First up was the iPod Touch. He refuses to even look at it. If I want to show him something, like a funny ICHC picture, he has to hold it and turn it and squint at it until he can see it. The idea of reading a book on it didn’t go over well.
Then came the Sony Reader 505. I actually got him to read a short horror story on it and he didn’t mind it too much. I probably could have converted him then, but I backed off. Why? At the time, our library wasn’t doing digital library books yet. And while my iPod Touch and I scour the ebookstores, finding bargains and rebates and best prices and whatnot on my fairly inexpensive reading choices, he reads big, hardcover thrillers. The new Reacher. The new Davenport. Etcetera. Given a choice between checking those hardcovers out of the library or buying them for the Sony, I chose not to push the digital reading.
I enjoyed the nook for several months, but more and more often found myself reaching for the iPod Touch again. Then I started buying books for the iPod again. And the nook more and more often sat on the shelf. But if you don’t use and charge the nook regularly, I’ve heard the battery goes to crap pretty quickly. I thought about selling it. Waffled back and forth. And then the nook price drop came. I bought mine in February for $260. The new ones now are $199 and $149. I’d have to take a bath on it.
So I baited the nook with a digital library copy of the new Reacher novel and dangled it in front of my husband. He bit. Read it faster than I’ve ever seen him read a book. When he was done, I waved the 2-ton hardcover copy of Stephen King’s Under the Dome at him, then told him there was a digital copy on the nook. (I have the hardcover plus two different digital formats. They certainly got their money out of me on that book.) He’s been reading every day on the nook and he’s almost done with it.
So my fifty-four year old technophobic husband is now a happy nook user.
Of course, I handed it to him with the book open to the first page. And if he nods off and accidentally activates the touch screen and messes it up, he bellows. Shannon, I lost my damn book again!
But it’s a start! And bonus: now when I look at reading gadgets and he points out I already have a nook, I can explain that he has a nook. Not me.