As a fan of Amazon.com, I gave my husband and son their own Kindles for Christmas the year it was first released. Anymore, they very rarely read a book that isn’t on their Kindle. My husband bought me my own Kindle for Valentine’s Day one year but as a librarian, I really like holding a book in my hands. I never really used my Kindle except when travelling but that all changed when I broke my arm over a year ago and had a difficult time holding open Robert Jordan’s really long Wheel of Time books. Even though we owned hard copies of all his books, I decided to purchase them for my Kindle and have never regretted this choice. Even after my arm healed, I still found I preferred reading really long books on the Kindle. Have I forsaken printed books? Definitely not. I typically only use the Kindle when I am too impatient to wait for a copy of a new book from the public library.
Several years ago, the district that I work in purchased some Nooks to be housed in the library. I really like the fact that I can buy one copy of the book and it can be downloaded onto multiple devices. Because the Nooks are not to go home with students, circulation is limited and mostly used by teachers for small reading groups. The Nooks have provided a way to update the guided reading books available to teachers at minimal cost. Students find the Nooks a bit old-fashioned and prefer to use iPads instead. Funding has been limited for the Nooks so I really like that Barnes and Noble provides a free book and app every Friday. If only I would remember to check the website every Friday.