My parents are snowbirds who spend a few months in Florida. While Mom reads books on occasion, Dad reads books frequently, both audio and the old fashion way. He’s big on history, particularly WWII and the Old West. He also dabbles in fiction, especially books written by Bill O’Reilly and some grumpy old sprite called Hannity. (Sorry, Keith!) We figured if we give Dad a Nook, then he’ll read books about wars and books written by those who always push for wars (Keith slam #2!) anywhere he goes –even if it’s to the beach. You know, like you see in the commercial where a woman is sitting on her beach towel, in full sun, and yet she is comfortably reading an eBook on her Nook or Kindle… Except, that wouldn’t be my dad. He might take his Nook to the beach, but you can be sure he’d be slathered in SPF 1000, sitting on his corroding beach chair under a thick umbrella, and reading from the Nook he’s trapped inside a zip-lock bag. Sand.
So after Christmas, I set up Dad’s sleek Nook. Wow! Dad has just received a powerful tool that will divine established authors and send celestial us soon-to-be authors. Not only are our books available for purchase on such devices, but they can be bought anywhere, even at the edge of the world! P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L. Nook is good for us authors, and we are good for Nook. Of course, the first thing Nook wanted me to do was to create Dad’s account with Barnes and Noble. Nook then asked me to add a credit card for future purchases. Dad said NO to that, so I moved on. Nook wanted to know Dad’s taste in books and gave suggestions based on genre. Cool! There were a dozen categories to choose from, but Dad told me to select ‘History’ and ‘Sci-Tech’ – he said he was only interested in non-fiction (yeah, right! snicker... See: Keith slams 1&2). I selected History and Sci-Tech. Nook then moved on to describe sample books and magazines based on Dad’s genres that it had in its cache. Naw. Dad said he’s not interested.