Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Two Things

I actually have a lot of knitting to blog about....but I'm having an argument with my camera.  Until said argument is resolved, I thought I would bring you this wee post.

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
Other things I love:  the ability to highlight passages (a complete no-no in real books for this OCD perfectionist), the dictionary function, links to notes at the end of the book for quick and easy reading, free classics, free samples to download (which I use in a file as my book wish list) and quick and easy purchases. 

Yep, my iPad has been a revelation.

3 comments:

Bonnie said...

Like you, I've been reading a lot more since I got a Nook. It's simply more comfortable, and I also like the ease of highlighting, writing notes, and looking up words and terms.

But, I still love good old-fashioned 3-D books, too!

Reika from Ravelry said...

Now that I read a lot of books on my Nook, when I do get a hold of a "real" paper book, I find myself trying to highlight words with my finger and look them up. It's always annoying to realize that I'm going to have to pull a "real" dictionary off the shelf...

A Day That is Dessert said...

Maybe I should try another ebook... I love my ipad for so many other reasons. As I mentioned before, I didn't like the one ebook I tried to read, a couple of years ago, on a kindle.