All I Want for Christmas Is…


That’s right. After being so adamant about never getting an e-reader I’ve finally succumbed to the Nook. I hung in there for a while but the Nook was a worthy opponent that finally was able to soften my heart towards the e-reading world.

A week from today Santa, affectionately known as my Dad and step-mom, will have left a perfectly wrapped box under the tree for me and it will contain a shiny, new Nook! Yippee! The sole reason I decided to get a Nook was for NetGalley, if I’m honest, but I’m still excited about not having to sacrifice clothing for books in my suitcase when I go on vacation.

So, this is where I ask you Nook users. Please give me any valuable advice or tips about using the Nook that I might not know! Also, what accessories do I need?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. You're related to Santa!?!

    (Sorry, I couldn't help that.)

    I got mine just for Netgalley, too. I have a basic neoprene cover for it because I don't like the ones that are book cover-y and have the extra flap.

    One non-bookish thing that's cool is that you can put your own pics on as a desktop/screensaver. I have Wiki all over mine.

    I also recommend using it with airplane mode on as much as possible; you will get MUCH better battery life.

    It's all really straight forward, so not sure about advice, but you know I'm always around if you have questions.

  2. Sweet! Now you can join the club of awesomeness! I love my nook (although it has been neglected as of late because some of the books I wanted to read were cheaper in print… go figure!). You will love it, though. Too bad you missed the B&N Free Classics Giveaway… A ton of classic books given away free as ebooks… awesome. Maybe your BF will actually read some books on your new toy?

  3. Is that the regular Nook or color?

    I hit a snag today when I found out I can't download eBooks from the B&N store unless I am physically in the US or Canada.

    But honestly – I am using mine primarily for NetGalley too. Though I would definitely subscribe to Entertainment Weekly if they offered it.

  4. Lenore–I'm just getting the regular one. I'm not sure what one that is in the picture. I just ganked it for the blog post 🙂 Also, that stinks that you can't download it at home! BOO. They need to fix that.

    Nathan– Let's hope that the bf will use it for reading! One day I will convert him. Mwahah.

    Melanie– I will probably be bugging you when I get it!

  5. SuziQoregon says:

    I didn't "need" an ereader either. But after packing for vacations began to involve choices between books and shoes in these days of ever increasing baggage fees, I became a believer. It was afterwards that I began to use NetGalley. I've had Wilbur (my nook) since July and I love it. I think you'll be happy with your choice. Merry Christmas!

  6. welcome to the e-reader world! I just discovered netgalley. I have a sony i got myself for christmas. I love it.

  7. TNBBC Super Mod says:

    Ooooh Jamie, how exciting! I can't wait to hear all about it. My iView certainly does not compare to the Nook, but it's kinda cool having ANOTHER way to read books! Yay for you!!!!

  8. bibliophile brouhaha says:

    I'm with you – I was against e-books, but due to NetGalley and wanting an easy way to get books that aren't available here yet, I am also getting a Nook, courtesy of b-day money I got last month. Can't wait! Oh, and Suzi, I love that you named your Nook!


  9. Yay! I've had mine for a few months now and I really love it although I still read most of my books in print. It's nice to have options! I would advice getting a case for it, as I think it's easier to read and carry around if it has a cover.

  10. You know who to go to with any questions 🙂

    Did you get a color or a regular one? I would def get a case for it, esp if you're going to be carrying it around a lot. Also you might want to get a screen protector.

    Here's a tip: when you're searching for free books, search "0.00" on your nook or in the nookbook store on You can also go to "free nookbooks" but make sure you click on them to see if they are in actuality free. I downloaded a few in that area last night and was charged for them, booo. I had to call and get a refund (which was fairly painless).

  11. You are so going to love your Nook, I absolutely love mine! It doesn't keep me from reading paper books, but I love love love it for travel because it means I don't have to carry around 150000 books every time I leave the house. It's also super handy because I take the subway to work, and sometimes it's easier than carrying an actual book if the one I'm reading is super huge. One tip I would have is to get a case for it and a light for it so that you can use it at all times and keep it protected. B&N has cute clip-on lights for only $15 or so.

    Every Friday is Free Fridays on the B&N blog for Nooks ( which is where they profile a book or two and you can download them for free. They're sometimes odd and not always great, but I've gotten a few really good ones from there as well. Also keep an eye out, every so often they give away bunches of the B&N Classics editions of books too, which are more nicely formatted than a lot of the free classics you can find.

    Last tip — check out and see if any of your area/regional libraries are a part of their program. Overdrive is great because you can check out e-books from the library, all you need is a library card and the software you can download from the website. It doesn't work on Kindle, but it IS compatible with the Nook, which is a lot of the reason I picked the Nook when I was making up my mind about which one to buy.

  12. Christina/Book Addict says:

    Congrats on getting a Nook. I just got mine this fall and love it even though I was against it as well. It's pretty easy to use and I really like it, but I haven't even gotten on NetGalley yet. I need to do that. I really like the Free Book Fridays and they have really awesome coupons that you can use if you are in the store. Like if you show one of the employees your Nook, you get a free coffee, etc. It's pretty great! Enjoy it!

  13. One of the good things about the nook vs Kindle is that if your public library offers them you can borrow e-books for your nook.
    As for accessories, if you are getting the "regular" (black&white print) version I'd definitely recommend a booklight. Also a good case to protect your nook — B&N have many different styles available and I'm sure you can find them elsewhere too.

    Enjoy your new toy!

  14. Yay! You're getting a Nook. I can't wait to get mine for Christmas too! Now all of us Nook owners will be able to share books. 🙂

  15. I'm going the Sony Reader route, so I can't help you with tips and accessories. But I'll share in your excitement for unwrapping a shiny new eReader in just a few days!

  16. Jessica Lawlor says:

    Congrats on your Nook! I was super excited because I was getting one for Christmas too, but then I randomly won an iPad at my company holiday party (not that I'm complaining! LOL). My mom has a Nook though and I use hers at the gym…it's awesome!

    I'd definitely recommend a case. When I was still getting one, I had picked out a Lily Pulitzer case…you've probably seen them at B and N. They are super cute! The one I liked was gold and sparkly.

  17. that Lauren girl says:

    I have a nook, and I adore it.

    My few words of advice:

    1. is your new BFF. They have a ton of public domain content, so if you like reading the old stuff, it's a goldmine. They also have multiple languages available, so it's a good way to get your hands on foreign-language books.

    2. You may want to download Calibre. Calibre can convert files from one type to another, so if you buy an ebook from, you can convert the .azw (amazon's proprietary format) to .epub or .pdf (the filetypes nooks read). I've noticed that amazon's ebooks are often cheaper than barnes & noble's.

    3. Take advantage of the in-store sampling. If you take your nook into a b&n, you can read any book in the store for one hour. I think that's pretty nifty!

  18. Yayyyy!!! I love my Nook (even though I'm still a Nook noob. Let's be honest. I think my Nook light was my favourite purchase. Now I can read all creepy in bed at night. It's awesome 😉

    I have the Lyra light…just fyi!

  19. I'm subscribing to these comments since I'm getting a regular Nook under the Christmas tree as well! 😀 I'm also getting a protective case for it; I read all the reviews at to find one that I thought was both attractive and had good reviews. I'd rec looking at them in store before you decide, since some seem to scratch more easily than others.

    I've been noting sites with free ebooks, and and both seem promising! I want it to read classics, though, so both of those sites are geared towards copyright elapsed stuff!

  20. Thanks for posting this. I've been looking into an eReader for Christmas but not sure of which one to get. I like the fact that with the Nook, you can check out books from the public library which is cool. I'm still gonna compare options but the Nook seems pretty good. I'm sure I'll be back to check out more tips!

  21. The1stdaughter says:

    Oh! I'm so glad you posted this! I'm getting one as well and I can hardly wait, but have no idea what I need to go with it. Definitely reading over the comments on this post! ;o)

  22. James Cooper says:

    Two tips:

    (a) Checkout books for free from the library. If your library doesn't offer ebooks yet, you can buy a Philadelphia city library card as a non-resident for $15/year

    (b) Borrow and share books with other Nook owners. This site lets you find other Nook owners with books to share:

    have fun!

    — James