I've stuck with my nearly 3-years-old Nook e-reader, although Barnes & Noble has nearly surrendered to Amazon's Kindle and Apple's Ipad in the tablet reading wars.
While I first wanted to take the Nook back when I received it as a Christmas gift, I've come to enjoy reading books and newspapers electronically. My library is loaded with books, to which I find it easy to return. Reading newspapers like the Boston Globe, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times allows quick travels through pages and sections.
Magazine reading is a bit hard on these old eyes, and the Nook's Internet service, email and apps don't work well. Technical glitches such as missing or misaligned pages bring frustration. But on the whole, I'm pleased with the e-reading experience.
I've brought my enjoyment of browsing from bookstores to the electronic shelves. One of my favorite pastimes is going to the Nook store and searching through new magazines and books.
Lately, I've noticed the publishing of many classics, incluidng Shakespeares's plays, Mark Twain's books and titles such as James Baldwin's poems. I shuddered a bit at seeing John Dryden's poems, Vol. 5, although I did enjoy reading Dryden's Mac Flecknoe only last week.
Based on impressions, not a methodical study, prices for new books seem higher recently. When I first got the Nook, even hot best-sellers often sold for around $12. Now, it's rare to find a book for under $16.
This price jump is curious since the Justice Department won a legal battle against publishers for colluding to raise prices. The government in the case sided with online retail goliath Amazon, maker of the Kindle. Now I wonder if Amazon has forced the price increases.