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If you were going to interview Amy Roloff, what would you ask?

Amy RoloffOk, the cat is out of the bag....our next cover MOM Is going to be Amy Roloff, Oregon native and star of TLC's Little People, Big World.

If you had the opportunity to ask Amy any question, what would it be? We might just select your question to ask her! Leave it in the comments here, and stay tuned for our behind the scenes look at the interview and photoshoot with Amy!

eReaders & Summer reading

Summer reading got a little more fun this year for a couple reasons - I am the proud owner of my very own eReader AND I had this amazing streak of reading 5 books in a row that I absolutely adored.Nook

Kindle vs. Nook

A few years ago, I bought the original Kindle as a birthday gift for my husband. He loved it. I did too. So much that I was often begging him to borrow it. So when the eReader price war began earlier this summer, my husband got a Wifi only Nook for me as an early birthday present. The big attraction to the Nook (vs. another Kindle) was not only the price, but the ability to borrow ebooks from our library and other sources. Finding free books for the Kindle is very difficult, and for the most part you are stuck purchasing books through Amazon for the Kindle.

Not only does my local library have an awesome selection of ebooks to borrow,  Barnes and Noble also has a "lend me" option on many books allowing Nook owners to share books with each other. I have found that the Nook is a little slower than the Kindle - pages turn a little slower and commands take just a tad longer. Navigation of the touch screen commands take a little getting used to. But over all, I love it. I also found with the Kindle I was constantly accidently hitting the page turn button (I understand this issue was resolved with the Kindle 2, but I haven't tried personally yet). There is not that problem with the Nook. The Nook feels good in my hands - it is slim and light. The Kindle feels a little clunkier, but that is because I was always trying to avoid the page turn buttons! With the Wifi only Nook, you are limited to internet connection when a wireless network is available, which is generally not a problem for me.

Is an eReader right for you?

The big hesitations I hear about eReaders are "Will it give me a headache?" and "aren't you scared to bring it to the beach?" and "Don't you miss the touch, feel, smell of a physical book?"

eReaders use this cool new technology called electronic ink. The device is not back lit, so it is nothing like looking at a computer screen. You have to see it yourself to understand. It is amazing.

eReaders are awesome for traveling. You can bring a whole library of books with you in one small device! We purchased a waterproof cover for it so sand and water would not harm it at the beach.

I personally do not miss the touch, feel smell of a physical book. I'm not a book collector - I read a book once and then I'm done with it. My only complaint with eReaders is that it is a little difficult to flip back through to reference previously read material. You can easily book mark a page, and you can easily jump to a chapter. But if you aren't sure where it is you saw something, it's tough to flip through. For example, while reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there are a lot of Swedish names and places I had trouble keeping track of. I found myself wanting to flip back, but was not able to do so easily.

Overall, I highly recommend eReaders, specifically the Nook. Both devices are great, but the fact that the Nook is more flexible in terms of where you can get books puts it at the top for me.

Stay tuned for my summer reading recommendations!