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I got an iMac

I’ve been a Windows/Microsoft user in the desktop/laptop department for over 20 years.  In fact, the first desktop I had was built for me by a friend and Windows based.  Yesterday, after a few years with an iPad and an iPhone I made the jump to an iMac.

She’s beautiful! 27-inches, crisp display and no tower to try to find a home for.  Just a huge monitor and a wireless keyboard and mouse.  Both of which (the mouse and keyboard) are taking a bit to get used to.  I’ve always had a number pad on my keyboard.  Even on my laptops.  Most likely because I come from a data entry background and spent hours with a keypad.  It’s always going to be just plain strange to use the numbers at the top of a keyboard.

And this keyboard is smaller. And my fingers are a bit all over the place.  But that’s something I’ll get used to.

And the mouse is….flat.  Which is strange.  And there are no actual buttons.  Also strange.

And I totally had to Google how to right click because I was going nuts.

Overall I love it.  Like really love it.

And then I tried to hook up my iPad, update my books via Calibre and…no joy.  It took some research and trial and error but it seems that Apple/Mavrick/iTunes no longer plays well with others.  I have to get to my Calibre library by opening a Safari window and putting in an IP address and port.  Then it’s all there and when I click “get” I’m given the option to open in iBooks.  And voila – there the book is.  It’s actually a bit cumbersome for me.  I have Calibre set up so I can see right away what books I’ve read already.  And with a library of over 1400 books that’s quite helpful.  In my Safari window I need to click on “details” to find out if I read it.  *shrug*  Just something new to get used to.

Off to read more stuff about being a new Mac owner…

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So…the new Nook

I’ve had a Nook (1st edition) since February of 2010 and have been thrilled, thrilled, thrilled with it. During my 15-months of usage I’ve noticed things I don’t use – games, web access, music player – and had wished they would do away with. I’ve also found things in the Nook Color (which I got an played around with for a week or so before returning it) that I wish the Nook had – cool home page, recommendations, the ability to share socially and an easier way to lend.

And with this announcment I’m all like…whoa….were they in my head?

I believe that there will always be a market for devices like the Nook Color and the eInk Nook. They are two very different devices for people with different needs. While a device that meets all of our needs in one fell swoop is appealing in theory I personally have not found anything that I like in reality. I’ve got an iPod, a Nook, a computer and a cell phone. Each of these devices have specific uses for me and they do what I want in a way that has met my needs.

So I’ll keep surfing the reviews and early opinions online. When I get a chance I’ll go fondle it in a store. My biggest question would be how it handles side loaded content. I’m actually pretty happy with the way the current Nook and NookColor handle my non-B&N purchases and I can’t see that going backwards… I still might get a NookColor because I’d like to purchase magazines and while it seems like that is a functionality of the new Nook I don’t think I’d want my magazines to be in black and white.

Overall I’m pretty excited and looking forward to seeing how the new Nook works once it’s out and about in the wilds and in the hands of experienced Nook users.

Now to wait for Oberon Designs to come out with their new Nook covers.

Nook Love

I got my beloved nook in January and have used it EVERY day!  I simply love, love, love it!  Downloading books from Barnes & Noble is easy – either from the store or from my nook itself.  I also frequently buy ebooks from other online retailers and easily transfer them to my nook using Adobe Digital Editions.  It fits comfortably in either hand, I can page forward or back on either side of the frame or using the touch screen.  Also, say I’ve gotten a book with a less than family friendly cover; something that I wouldn’t want my Mom to see my read,  NO ONE KNOWS!  Because the book is in my nook!  Smutty cover and all!

I’ve read in the car, on my couch, in my office, at the restaurant and even at Barnes & Noble.  I’m looking very forward to taking it camping with me this summer as well.

Sure there are things that could be improved but the less than advertised battery life is not going to keep me down!  Can’t say I’m thrilled with the way ebook prices are fluctuating either.  I mean some of the ebooks are going for more than a hard cover!  That’s in insane.  I won’t pay more for an ebook than I would for a mass market or trade paperback.

Going digital means that I’ve also discovered a whole new set of authors!  Those that are published exclusively in digital format.  Granted, I’ve read some horrible books but I’ve also found wonderful new favorites like Moira Rogers.  I loved the 2 books already published in the Southern Arcana series and can’t wait for the next one to come out.

Will print ever go away?  It’s so hard to say.  Right now I wouldn’t buy a magazine in digital format.  I’ll continue to buy hard cover copies of books that I want in my forever library (the one I’ll use when power is out and my nook has no charge or when the end of the world comes and I can’t leave my house) and there will most likely be those books I want NOW rather than waiting for the digital version to be released.

Really,  I love this thing!  Love, love, love it!

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