A girl I work with told me a story today about how she got kicked out a bookstore. This girl is probably one of the nicest, most innocent people I know, so when she told me this, I absolutely could NOT believe it.
This particular bookstore is a local old used books store that recently relocated to a different building on the same street and added a small cafe inside. The girl told me she went to the bookstore to check it out and possibly recommend it to the customers who frequent our workplace.
She went in, looked around a little bit, then purchased a coffee and 3 pastries and sat at a cafe table. She pulled out her Kindle and began to read. She had been there a little while and started to notice a woman who worked there walking by every few minutes and giving her dirty looks.
A few minutes later, the woman stops and says rudely “Can I help you find something?” to which the girl replies no, thank you. The woman comes back AGAIN a few minutes later to hand her a piece of paper advertising a Mary Shelley discussion about (quote) “real books”. The girl says thank you, that Mary Shelley is one of her favorite authors, and disregards the “real books” statement.
10 minutes later, the woman comes back yet AGAIN, and snottily says “You seem like a nice girl, and I’m sure you don’t know what you’re doing, but we’re an independent bookseller, and we only make a DOLLAR off of every book sold. You’re being VERY RUDE bringing that in here.” And asked her to leave.
1, WHAT THE HELL! Who treats customers like this? 2, I’m sorry, but the last time I checked, a book was something that told a story with words you read left to right, top to bottom. Is that not what I’m doing on an e-reader. 3, you’re a USED BOOK STORE. That means you are making a profit from a book an author has written and published, yet has given you no permission to re-sell. It’s a little like the pot calling the kettle black. 4, if you’re that against e-readers, you should be posting a sign on your front door that says so, not glaring at customers and making them uncomfortable.
After being asked to leave, she responded with, “Of course. I’m actually a _____ manager at _____ and was looking to possibly recommend your store to customers, but apparently neither I nor my guests are welcome.” and left. Win.
I just don’t understand the stigma against e-readers. I mean, it’s one thing if you walk into a (legitimate) independent book store, buy nothing, and use their space to read for 4 hours. It’s a whole different story when you’ve actually PURCHASED something and decide to sit at a table SPECIFICALLY for consuming a beverage and food and do whatever the hell you please so long as you’re quiet. I will bet an entire PAYCHECK that if she had brought a brand-new book she bought at Barnes & Noble and read that, no one would have said a WORD.
I’m incredibly glad I have a Nook and read in a Barnes & Noble without being hassled about it. I’m willing to bet I could read a Kindle in a Barnes & Noble and no one would say a word.
If you’re a struggling independent business, you should be WELCOMING customers, not driving them away.
Suffice to say, I definitely won’t be going there.
“Hey Conservatives. I think we need to have a talk. Your behavior lately has been unacceptable. You know your privileges in this house are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While you seem to have been enjoying these privileges lately, you’ve been stomping all over everyone else’s.
When? Why just recently, you held up a bill for same sex marriage, and you’ve stopped it outright in some places. Do you realize that you’re impeding on people’s liberty (the freedom to live as one pleases in a non-destructive manner) and their pursuit of happiness (to marry someone they love)? Does that sound like you’ve been playing very nice?
What’s that? It’s against what God wants? Oh, well, then don’t get one. No one is forcing you to marry someone of the same sex. They don’t need your personal approval. Also, remember our big list of rules? At the very top is freedom of religion. You can’t just go around dictating what everyone should do based on your personal beliefs. I know that you don’t like it, but remember that everyone gets those privileges we talked about. Letting same-sex couples marry doesn’t diminish your own inalienable rights. It’s just helping to create some equality. We’re all created equal here, remember?
Now, the other thing you’ve been doing lately is telling some uterus bearing people what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. I understand that you have some very different ideas about what is and is not okay, but it’s not your body to decide for. You have to let people make these decisions for themselves. I know that the idea of terminating an unwanted pregnancy might sicken you. You may be disgusted by it. That doesn’t mean you get to tell other people what to do, okay? What they do with their body is a personal decision. It’s shouldn’t be up for public debate.
I know, I know. You’re just trying to do what your religion dictates. We discussed this already, remember? I get that your faith is an important part of your life, but you absolutely must keep in mind that it isn’t for everyone. You think terminating an unwanted pregnancy interferes with someone’s right to life? Whose? Oh, the fetus. Well, what we have to understand is that it also interferes with an already living, breathing, sentient beings right to all three. Having a baby is a big decision. Do we really want to bring unwanted children into the world? Shouldn’t every child have to right to grow up in a loving home where they are wanted? Look, I am really glad we got to have this talk. I hope that we don’t have to do this again. You really must start behaving better.”—
A woman came up and ordered a Venti coffee with skim milk. So I start pumping coffee out of the airpot and almost instantly she goes, “that’s too much!” so I stop and say, “I’m sorry?” because I’m thinking, why did you order a large coffee if you only want maybe 2 ounces? So she repeats herself. And I say, “too much what?” and she responds with “that’s too much milk.” to which I can only respond “um… It’s coffee?”
My electronic butterfly in a jar I got from the Toledo Zoo. I’ve been lusting over this forever on thinkgeek, but with $6 shipping I couldn’t justify it.
When we went to the zoo, we went with Josh’s brother, his girlfriend, and her little 11 year old sister. Unbeknown to me, her sister really wanted to see the Butterfly House. This girl was a total sweetheart all day, she was really quiet, held open doors, etc. Well when we got to the Butterfly House, it had closed 5 minutes before, but she was still really happy-go-lucky, saying it was fine, no big deal. At the end of our day, we visited the big gift shop towards the front and Josh told me to find something with a butterfly on it for her since she didn’t get to see the butterfly house. Originally, all I could find was a dragonfly keychain, but I finally found these. I thought it was a jar for catching butterflies, but this is MUCH better. We got her the Yellow Swallowtail butterfly. Josh got to be all cute and give it to her, and she instantly had 4 little girls surround her, asking what it was. It was adorable. :)
NOOK: pro: eTextbooks. color. can convert kindle to nook.
con:more expensive reader and books.
KINDLE: pro: cheaper books. cheaper ereader.
con: no color. only reads mobi/epub files. no converting programs.
I have actually owned both. You’re slightly misinformed though, you can convert any non-DRM protected book or file to .mobi with a free program called Calibre. You also left out a key difference: battery life. When I had a Kindle 2, I could go a week without having to charge it. I’ve heard the new version is even better. While I love my Nook Color, the most I can go is four days with light use. If I’ve read a lot and surfed the web a bunch, it only lasts about a day and a half. In addition, the e-ink screen is better for your eyes if you’re going to be reading or studying for hours. While I don’t get headaches from my Nook Color screen, my eyes do get tired more frequently. Oh, and the 3G Kindle has the option of 3G, so you’re able to download books from almost anywhere, whereas the Nook Color is strictly wi-fi.
What it really comes down to is user preference. It depends on what you’ll be using your device more for. Neither is “better” than the other, they’re just different designs. If you don’t need all the extra bells and whistles, I’d recommend a Kindle. But if you like the idea of having a mini computer type device with you all the time, you’ll likely prefer the Nook Color. Good luck deciding!
I wish I was more forward and outgoing. I’m so completely gullible. I’d like to say I’m too trusting, but I don’t believe that’s it. I think I just have a desire to trust people. Luckily I’m with an amazing guy who doesn’t cheat on me or anything lol. I wish I was more trusting of people in general, but in some ways I’m glad that I’m not. It’s saved me from being hurt, but it’s also kept me away from people who could have been really great friends.
I like that I am a good listener, and that I am also patient. I like that I refuse to pass judgement against anyone based on their race, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. I like that I care about the feelings of others before my own.
Who are you as a person? How would you describe your identity?
I would say I’m pretty smart. I’m a bookworm, I don’t read books, I breathe them. I prefer to do errands alone. I don’t mind going out without makeup, so I’m not obsessed about my appearance.
I think I place a lot of my self worth on how I look, however. I’m normally pretty quiet before you get to know me, because I can’t think of anything to say. But I don’t think I’m shy. I like to get a feel for people before I let them in. I can count on one hand the number of people I trust. I’m incredibly loyal and don’t take plans lightly. It drives me nuts when someone invites you or asks you to do something, and then blows you off. I’m always early, and I despise it when someone is continuously late. I’m a morning person. I’m much easier to talk to in the early morning hours than late night hours. How most people are early in the morning is how I am after my self-appointed “bedtime”.
I love my e-reader, my computer, and my iPhone. I hate math, and I love english. I’ve been a knitter for around 6 years and I’ve yet to complete a sweater. I’m an excellent gift-giver because I listen and remember the little things.
I am a great girlfriend because I don’t see the point of jealousy. If I’m worried about what my boyfriend is doing while I’m not there, then I don’t have enough trust in him, therefor I don’t see the point of a relationship. If you fuck with my trust after I’ve given it to you, I’ll rarely give you a second chance.
Pets: 2 dogs (Shadow is a husky mix, Bruxley is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Viscla mix) and 2 cats (tabby cats).
Location: southern North Carolina
Day 1 is to post a recent picture of myself, but I thought I’d post some bullet points too. This picture is from last November, right before the Eclipse premier. Hopefully I remember to do this every day.