Monday, January 28, 2013


Nook if You Book

Barnes & Noble CEO Mitchell Klipper says they'll be shutting down hundreds of stores in the coming years, but their e-reader, the Nook, will apparently stick around. Do you feel panic or elation upon hearing this news? If your answer was "elation," what gives? I just bought a Nook the other day, my first e-reader, and it's definitely making East of Eden a lot easier to hold sideways in bed (the physical book is 600 huge, heavy pages long!) but I do enjoy going to a book store and just kind of... hanging around.

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Reginal T. Squirge

Well done. Can't believe I've never seen the "Nook if you book" connection before. B&N should hire Crime Mob for some ads or something.


I know everyone has their own taste but as a woman myself I don't find it attractive or appropriate for women talk or rap about beating on people...but hey to each their own.@y


Confession: I always preferred B&N/Borders to the smaller indie bookstores, so this is sad news for me. I think Nicole has written about this before (maybe??), but when I shop for books, I enjoy the relative solitude that a larger space can provide. And I love a good in-store coffee shop!

Indie-store devotees talk about encouraging a sense of community, but the big chains offer their own brand of community too. If we lose Barnes & Noble, we're losing a place where people congregate, meet up for coffee, and shop for items that can actually offer personal and intellectual enrichment. Borders is already gone, and I for one don't want to see B&N's demise too.

Miss Maszkerádi

@synchronized I agree. I live very close to a tiny indie used-bookstore and a large Barnes and Noble. The few times I`ve gone in to the indie shop I feel like I just get stared at by the owner or the other one customer that might happen to be in there, and I don't want to try to make awkward conversation about what on earth a tiny female who looks about 16 years old (thanks baby face gene) is doing with an armload of angsty Hungarian symbolist poetry, I just want to wander around, get my books and leave in peace.

Cat named Virtute

@Countess Maritza Please tell me more about your angsty Hungarian symbolist poetry!!

Miss Maszkerádi

@Cat named Virtute One of my favorite poets ever is Milán Füst, early 20th century Hungarian. I have this little bilingual pocket volume of some of his verses that basically travels with me everywhere - (it's published by Maecenas, just called "Milán Füst: 25 poems" and the translator's name is István Tótfalusi, if you want to Google around for it a bit). My freshman year of undergrad I basically absconded with my school library's copy of this exact book, finally returning it after exceeding the limit on renewals sometime in sophomore year. A few months ago I found a cheap copy on Amazon and snapped it up, though with no small amount of worry that what had spoken so intensely to my 18 year old soul would sound embarrassingly mawkish to me now. And.....no, I still love it. He's full of intensely vivid imagery, often mythical or vaguely religious in nature, emotions run high but often have a strangely detached, dreamlike quality about them - it's all a bit surreal, strangely sensuous and occasionally decadent, haunting....and impossible to describe, meh. But he's extremely representative of the Expressionist/Symbolist movement as it existed in Hungary - other writers I'd recommend in the same vein are poet Endre Ady and novelist Gyula Krudy.
I'm actually only just now rediscovering this stuff after not reading any for several years and I am excited.

Cat named Virtute

@Countess Maritza Thanks! I'm definitely going to check his work out. I'm a quarter Hungarian, but my Hungarian grandfather was mostly raised in Canada, so I'm just now learning more about my roots there. I read Kosztonlanyi's Kornel Esti and really enjoyed it, and then in a totally different vein read Kondor's Budapest Noir and didn't love it. This sounds right up my alley though.

Miss Maszkerádi

@Cat named Virtute I JUST BOUGHT KORNEL ESTI TODAY and am excited to read it!! I've never read Kosztolanyi, but he seems to be in the right place and time for me, literary-history-speaking. I've also got Hungarian roots but in my case they're so buried in the mists of time that we're not even quite sure when and where we came from, but I've been fascinated by Hungary ever since I can remember.


Yay! East of Eden is my favorite book!


@travelmugs One of my faves too! Somehow lugging around those 600 pages made it feel that much more epic.

Better to Eat You With

My first reaction is to find this depressing. But it's pretty clear that the chain bookstores grossly over-expanded. If they can cull the ones losing money, they're much, much more likely to be able to keep the remaining 450 or so in operation.


Dammit. I love book stores. I pick up dudes there. It's like, my version of a bar, but far less seedy.


@Statham That's funny because my main beef with bookstores is they don't sell booze.


@stuffisthings omg new business venture guys!!! instead of a cafe, bookstore has a bar

Cat named Virtute



@Statham I met my boyfriend at a bar but I was reading at the time.


If they close my local Barnes & Noble, they'll also close the only Starbucks near me in a 25 mile radius.

Valley Girl

@Slutface Dag, my suburb is only 7 miles across and we've got about a dozen Starbucks. And we just opened our second Walmart. Amurrrica!!!!


I don't really see the point of getting a device that only does one thing (plus I want to be able to read magazines), so I'm holding out for a tablet. The Nook is like the only thing that's making B&N money right now, so I'm not really surprised they're keeping it.

Blackwatch Plaid

@Megano! You can pretty easily turn a nook into a tablet, actually.


@Blackwatch Plaid I don't think you can get them in Canada.


@Megano! Kobo's can get magazines and newspapers and some of them have internet browsing capabilities.


@MilesofMountains Magazines don't look great on it though...even colour books don't look that great on them.


@Megano! See, the exact reason that I like my Kindle and don't want to switch it for a tablet is because it only does one thing. I like having one dedicated device for reading and books. My reading won't be interrupted by me stopping to check my email, or look up something on the web, or check twitter or whatever. Plus, the non backlit screen is such a relief for my eyes.


If you like bookstores because you like browsing for all the weird books you didn't know existed, you can do that on your Nook. I spend hours browsing the bookstore every night. Oh, and read the reviews, there's some fantasy group that talks to each other in the reviews of random books, like, "Stellgarden is building a nest here, do you have any twigs?"


I borrowed The Stand from my boyfriend (OH MY GOD SO GOOD) who had never read it, yet somehow owns a (now-no-longer-) pristine paperback copy? I told him he should read it and he said, "Eh, it looks heavy, I'll just buy the Kindle version." Boy has more dollars than sense sometimes.


Posting from my Nook, using the library wifi. (WORLDS COLLIDE.) I prefer book books, so I honestly just use my Nook as a cheapo tablet. Why one would pay two/three times as much for most of the same capabilities is beyond me.

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