Hot and Bothered: My Love Affair with My Nook Color

16th June 2011

Whisper sweet nothings in my ear, dearest.

You may remember I got a Nook for my birthday in April, but I wasn’t sure about the whole ereader thing because I hadn’t done any research. So I did some research. Then I did a vlog to show me opening my Nook Color, except I’m apparently a moron and can’t figure out how to edit video, so sorry. I ended up with a Nook Color, and it has changed my life.

Ok, not really. Except…yeah, really. I go to the gym five days a week. (That may sound impressive, but I weigh the same exact amount as I did last summer when I did the Game On Diet, so no.) Anyway, until my Nook, I tried to bring books to the gym, but it didn’t quite work. The pages wouldn’t stay open. Or, if it was a hardback, the book would be off-balance on the miniscule shelf on the machine and fall to the ground, or worse, on the treadmill a la…



So. That’s not pretty, and I quit trying to read at the gym. I listened to music or watched whatever stupid sport or stock quote channel they were showing (because even though I was at the gym I was too lazy to go ask them to change it).

Then I got my Nook Color [cue angelic music]. Now I have a gym read, which I only read at the gym. I don’t know how it got compartmentalized like that, but it’s actually great because it makes me want to go to the gym. Monday, I stayed on this kickyourassmakeyouunabletobreatheorwanttolive machine for an hour just so I could read some more. And, guys, it is hot. Really hot. They keep the gym temp wayyy too high for my taste. And I’m at the gym, so I’m bothered. Thus, the title. Wait, what did you think I meant??

You guys. So dirty.

My inquiring mind wants to know: has your ereader blown your mind lately?

jenn aka the picky girl

  • It sounds like you’re enjoying it! I love all the versatility. I do a lot of things with my Nook Color – though, recently, reading has not been one of them. I can read when I’m moving – not in a car or on a bus. I can for a few minutes on a plane, but then you shouldn’t feel like you’re moving. I tried it on a treadmill once, and it wasn’t pretty. I’m going to use audiobooks to keep me going this summer in my work outs…which I haven’t started yet ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pickygirl

      I love the versatility too! I hate not being able to read in the car. The plane, though, different story. Audiobooks are a great idea for the gym. I’ve been listening at work, and I get so much accomplished. Love it.

  • This is exactly why I bought a Nook about a year ago — reading physical books at the gym was a huge pain! But the Nook, so easy! I have a specific gym read too; like you said, it makes me want to go so I can read it. Overall, definitely worth the investment so I can read while working out, although I don’t get there quite as much as you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pickygirl

      It really DOES make it so much easier. And glad I’m not the only one who parcels out her reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I just bought a Nook Color 2 days ago, and am going to set it up this weekend due to excessive busyness this week. It is first ereader I ever owned:

    • pickygirl

      Lindsay – Just went and read your post. Really great. I hope you enjoy setting yours up. It’s really fun to get started.

  • I have thus far resisted getting an e-reader. Since I stare at a computer all day for work, I just don’t want to look at one when I’m reading. But yesterday I got an offer from B&N that if I bought a Nook, they’d include 100 free classic e-books. Very tempting! Should I do it? Is the color one worth the extra money?

    • pickygirl

      You know – honestly I thought the same thing. No more computers. BUT it doesn’t bother me thus far. I ended up going with the Nook Color for the all-touch screen and web functionality. Now they have a smaller e-ink Nook that is all touch screen as well. I may have gone with that had it been out. But I don’t regret the extra money at all. It’s a great device.

  • I resisted e-readers because I thought that, as an English major, I should be against e-readers, hehe. but I bought a Kindle for my research; I thought I could use it to store and read PDFs. Well, now I use it for plenty more, and I’ve purchased several e-books to read on it. Interesting, I’ve been using it lately for reading in bed. It’s easier for me to hold the Kindle than a big hardcover book (which is the other book I had on my nightstand). I also use it to read longer articles I wouldn’t otherwise read on my laptop.

    • pickygirl

      Haha – it’s so sad. We English people get sucked into that often. We should feel guilty for this, that, and the other. But honestly, if I read a book I love, I’ll buy it in print anyway. And I love that when my library gets going with ebook lending, I’ll be able to use that. It’s great!

      Glad you enjoy your Kindle. It sounds like you get a lot of mileage from it.

  • Oh, this cracked me up. I love my ereader for that exact reason although mine (a Sony) has a small screen so if I’m particularly active on, like, the elliptical machine, I can’t always catch the screen. Still, I adore my ereader for moments like this!

    • pickygirl

      I try, Audra, I try. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah – occasionally my sweaty fingers miss the screen, but hey, still better than no reading on the elliptical…

  • I am laughing out loud over this post, P.G. Too, too funny!

    I do not have an e-reader nor do I plan to get one.

    But I still enjoy reading about yours. I love your enthusiasm. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pickygirl

      Why, thank you, ma’am! I know a lot of people don’t want one or plan to get one, and honestly I was in that camp until I had it in my hot little hands. (I love gadgets.)

  • I have a Nook (not the color one — yours is like an ipad, did you know you can add Apps to it?), but haven’t taken it to the gym. So here’s my question… How do you not get sick to your stomach while reading at the gym? I feel like it’s even hard for me to read a magazine because my head is bobbing up and down while I’m trying to read. Do you hold the Nook in your hand or rest it on the book holder? What machine are you using (maybe I need to switch machines).

    • pickygirl

      I still haven’t fiddled with it enough, but good question.

      I actually really get carsick when reading in a car and that sort of thing, and reading magazines was difficult, but partially because I tried to keep it on the little shelf. With the Nook, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve been on this new maching – not really elliptical, not really stairmaster. I haven’t been on the treadmill with it because I hurt my foot a couple months ago. I rest it on the bookholder; otherwise, I WOULD fall.

  • i have a kindle and love it. i use it mostly for outside-of-the-home reading because it’s so easy to carry around. i usually have a bus read, sort of like your gym read, that gets read exclusively during my commute time.

    when i’m working out, i prefer to listen to audiobooks, but that’s since i go running outdoors mostly. carrying an ereader while i run might prove detrimental to my health… if i actually had a gym membership and used machines, the ereader would be the way to go. it’s so great to hear that your able to make that time work well for you and that your Nook is expanding your reading possibilities. yay for technology that empowers us!

    • pickygirl

      If I had a commute, you would definitely see me with it. I love that you have a bus read! When I visited my brother in New York, I had it on the subway every day.

      Hee hee, please do NOT carry the ereader outside. It is actually more detrimental to your health to work out outside where I live (at least during the summer), so machines it is. And yes, I love that my Nook has expanded when and where I can read.