Barnes & Noble just became my best friend. With the addition of cafés serving yummy chocolate treats and Starbucks coffee, it was on its way; but going WiFi, all network WiFi... there's just no competition. And then there's the new free e-gadget.....
The Barnes & Noble eReader! It's an e-gadget and it's free in the form of a download right to your MAC, PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Blackberry... or to all five. You can download a B&N eReader wherever you are and have access to more than 700,000 books. No, the books aren't free, but you can save tons of money buying eBooks, as they are generally much less expensive than hardback books -- most new books are only $9.99.
I downloaded my Barnes & Noble eReader today in less than 60 seconds. I opened the eBook and there were all-time classic books; The Last of the Mohicans and Sense and Sensibility. After registering on the site, I began searching the B&N directory of eBooks, very smartly sectioned and sub-sectioned so you can locate a category of books, a specific author, or a particular title in just a few seconds. My 647-page first purchase cost $11.96, 20 percent less than the paperback, and it downloaded in less than 30 seconds to my new eBook.
Now in my eBooks library are the two free classics, my new purchase (Erik Larson's Thunderstruck), and four more free books (Bram Stoker's Dracula, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, and The Miriam Webster Pocket Dictionary, automated for peezy word look-up!)
The eReader is simple to use and if you don't mind eye-strain it's not too bad reading on an iPhone, but I'm bringing my new netbook over to Barnes & Noble for an iced coffee and a read of my new eBook. And, maybe I'll take care of some of my email stack too. Great coffee. eBooks. WiFi. Nice atmosphere. Can't be beat.