I don’t necessarily geek out for the latest gadgets – I’m kinda cheap, so it takes a lot of research and debating for me to make a big purchase. Although I’ve been drooling over a new office computer for months, I’m still rocking an uber slow and outdated Gateway – that I threaten to throw out the window at least 4 times a week. It also took me a long while to upgrade to an iPhone, and when eReaders first started hitting the scene, I was one of those to cry, “But I like turning pages!”.

Enter the NOOK Color. I have to admit, I was intrigued. Having wandered past one at a Barnes & Noble, the vivid children’s book playing out before my eyes was pretty exciting. Of course I wanted to know how it would handle cookbooks.

The answer is: phenomenally. It has perfect clarity and beautiful bright pictures on the 7-inch full color touchscreen. And it makes me feel kinda green since I’m saving trees in the process. Plus, when I travel to my Mom’s, Brian’s family, or even on vacation to a place with a kitchen, like we did this summer, I don’t have to lug along my favorite cookbooks and take up valuable real estate in the back of the Edge. They’re all right there – thousands of them available – on my NOOK Color.

I really love how instantaneous the Wi-Fi downloading is and the NOOK Color works with many local library systems. So if there’s simply one recipe I want to try out of a large cookbook, if my local library has it on lend through their e-lending system, I can just “borrow” it for two weeks instead of purchasing the whole book. There’s a lot more that you can doing using Wi-Fi. You can access the enhanced browser to surf the Web and enjoy even more video, interactive and animated content given Adobe Flash Player support.

You might ask if I miss turning pages – but the NOOK Color simulates that! The screen is absolutely beautiful, and even after hours of reading, my eyes were no more fatigued than they would be if I’d been reading a paper book for that long. Plus, because the NOOK Color is back-lit, I no longer have to keep a light on – and Brian up – so this baby was perfect during my obsession with The Hunger Games – reading in bed until 3am was completely acceptable. The NOOK Color also has games (hello, Angry Birds), apps, music, and email so you can access all of your favorite digital accessories at the touch of a button.

The NOOK Color has become a must-have for my kitchen. I really love that I can have thousands of recipes at my fingertips in a truly portable format. I can take it anywhere, but also anywhere in my kitchen. It sits easily within reach for me to cook and bake from on a shelf or the table, and even works in my favorite cookbook holder. I really kinda adore it and I’m pretty certain that you will too. The lovely people at Barnes & Noble have offered to give away a NOOK Color to one lucky MBA reader.

HOW DO YOU WIN?

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Check out the NOOK Book Store on BarnesandNoble.com and leave a comment telling me what your first download would be. Be specific, “a cookbook” will not count as a valid entry.

Want extra entries?

Each item you do will get you ONE chance to win (for a total of 3 chances), if you ALREADY do any of these things, they DO count. Make sure to comment for each item! You MUST leave each entry as a separate comment or only one comment will count.
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Important Details:

-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Tuesday, September 13th at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 9/17/11 to claim their NOOK Color or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive one NOOK Color {$249.00 value}. Product will ship within one week of address confirmation from winner.
-See Official Giveaway Rules

Disclosure:

This giveaway is provided to you by Barnes & Noble. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences with the NOOK Color. I was given the product(s) free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for a positive review or giveaway.

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