My Nook ereader arrived Saturday; I'm figuring it out one step at a time. It's very user-friendly, so I'm not having much trouble.
I can make myself more comfortable now when I read. I lay the nook down on my lap, only reaching down to "turn a page".
Thanks to bloggie and Facebook friends, I've found I have access to lots of free books on the Internet; Inkmesh is great for finding the freebies. There are classics I've always wanted to read, and great old books like "The Good Earth" and "Grapes of Wrath" that I read in high school and will certainly read again, if I live long enough.
Looking at the free downloads on the Barnes and Noble site, most of the newer free books on the list don't much appeal to me. There are love stories, which I dislike unless there's a bigger theme in the background, and several vampire-themed stories. I don't care for fantasy, fairies, witches or vampires. I was once in a reading group whose monthly selection was "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". I understand the symbolism in the book, but talking animals just don't do it for me unless we're talking about comic books.
I actually lean toward biographies: My two recent favorites are "The Color of Water" and "The Glass Castle". Those are true-life stories that amazed me; Cliff enjoyed them, too.
I loved "Water for Elephants", which isn't a biography but sort of feels like one, in the same way "Green Mile" does.
I'm not quite sure about this business of reading library books on my Nook and how it's going to work: I downloaded a book I wanted onto my computer, registered my computer and did all the right things. The Nook shows up on my computer, but I'm not allowed to click and drag the book onto it. One of these days I'll go to the library, talk to someone, and see what's going on. I have plenty of books to keep me busy in the meantime. I'm tackling "Anna Karenina" at present; wish me luck, it's a long book. I hope I don't get discouraged trying to remember which character is which. I thought the old Germans around here had long last names, but that's nothing compared to Russian surnames.
I'll keep you posted.