I said I would never own one.
So, you know what that means, right?
I am now the proud owner of a Nook. :)
Of course, I sill like reading a real book and physically running my hand along all those spines at the library . . . nothing will ever change that. But it is nice to have something I can hold (and turn pages) with one hand (sure would have been handy back when I was nursing babies!). For a while, it was a super expensive crossword machine. Now that I'm a little more comfortable with it, I'm realizing some of the unexpected benefits for homeschooling. I can keep all of my homeschooling books (including all of those downloaded .pdf files and e-books I never find time to read at the computer) in one place, and I can bookmark pages, write notes, and highlight passages for quick reference. But I kind of knew those things already.
Last week, I realized I'd need to order the Jataka Tales, since my library doesn't have a copy. After a quick check on the Nook, I realized I could download an old edition for free. Since these are stories I want to tell to the girls and I don't need a copy with pictures, this works out perfectly! Another quick search led me to Aesop's fables and a few classic works of literature that I might like to use for read alouds . . . all for free. Plus, I can borrow e-books from my library for two weeks at a time. The selection is pretty limited, but it's a nice option to have.
I think my first non-free purchase will be Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit. I've been itching to get in some regular, creative, just-for-mama time, so I'm excited to dive into this book. But maybe next week. I'm having some serious caffeine withdrawal this week. Blame it on the weather and sinus issues or this detox/cleanse/elimination diet I started today. Either way, my head hurts, and the only creative thought I have is oooowwwwwww.
If you have an e-reader, I'd love to hear your favorite unexpected perk or favorite homeschooling benefit.