In my 2011 Reading Round Up post I mentioned the fact that I now read most of my books in electronic form on my iPad. Most people who know me in person are still quite surprised by this as I'm an old-fashioned girl at heart, and have always placed great value on real books. However, I do have two really good reasons for loving to read ebooks, and I thought I would take a moment to share those with you.
- My eyes have taken a serious downturn in the last year, and now they are easily tired out. I'm sure part of this is due to my age. I'm also sure most of it is my own fault given how much close work I do with my eyes. (handwork, reading, journaling, computer, etc.) Being able to adjust the font, the font size, and the lighting on my iPad has significantly reduced the amount of eyestrain I feel when reading. Reading more comfortably means that I am able to read more and also that I enjoy it more in the process.
- I can't cheat with ebooks, or I chose not to. I don't remember a time when I didn't flip through books..reading random passages and the last two to three pages to get an idea of what's to come. At the very least I've recognized since college that when I started to do that at night it was time to put the book down and go to bed. Ebooks have brought that habit to a crashing halt...and have thus made the endings of my books a lot more surprising. Please believe me when I say that I've tried to stop that particular bad habit many times before...it just never took until now.
Yep, my iPad has been a revelation.