As I’ve mentioned, my daughter had open heart surgery on June 19. After a few days in the hospital (yes, a few days), she was more than healthy enough to go home. I’ve been working from home for the last few weeks with her here. As her time at home rattling around the house wraps up, she is starting to find more and more creative ways to entertain herself.
She has also been thinking a lot about buying herself a Nook or Kindle with her savings. Her primary motivation to do this is that when she gets on the bus in the mornings at 6:55 a.m., it’s too dark to read. And when she used to take a flashlight to read by, it would often go dead. She wants something that recharges and holds her 10 billion book collection for her.
I never tell her how to spend the money she saves, although I do ask her to think carefully about big purchases. I had her postpone a purchase of one electronic device for a year and suggested it may not be something that would interest her much longer. I begged her to consider my points, but ultimately allowed her to make the decision. It is, after all, her money. When she finally bought it, the shiny wore off within a few short months and she now admits that maybe I was right about it.
She has taken to making pro/con lists of purchases of this magnitude. I have told her my thoughts about buying a Nook or Kindle – mainly that she has to consider the expense of the books she’ll have to buy, whether she can check out books for it at the library, that it might be something people will steal and that these types of electronics always have a new version coming out to make you want to buy another. She is thinking these things through.
She came into my office with breathless excitement that she had come up with “the best pro/con list ever!”
First, was the Nook …
Then was the Kindle …
Then, the part that made it awesome:
It’s 3-D! She made it shaped like a book and put the overlapping features on the spine!
So freaking clever. And she took these photos, too!
I don’t know if she has made her decision, but she said the Kindle has the ability to download videos, rather than just stream them. I have no idea whether this is true or not. (I told her to do research on CNET and Mashable and figure it out herself, since it’s her money.)
She wants me to ask my blog readers if they have an opinion: Nook or Kindle? And I don’t want to throw a wrench in the works, but it’s possible we could find an iPad for her in the same price range. Again, I love technology, but I have no need for these readers. So, any advice would be appreciated. Which one do you recommend?