Reading and I have always had a love/hate relationship. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I hate reading. I just wish I could clone myself so I could read without the expense of time and there are mechanical gyrations of the actual handling of a book that I don’t like. Also, traveling with books always limits how much print I can consume on a given trip. In the case of traveling, I’ve done things, like leave books behind once I’m done with them or I’ve given them to fellow travelers just so I wouldn’t have to carry them.
In spite of the promise of eReaders making things vastly simpler, I have been a late adopter to this whole idea. Partly because I didn’t see how I would integrate an eReader into my workflow and mostly because it seemed that the expense isn’t worth the promise… Well, Karen was the first to jump on the bandwagon and decided that I would enjoy it if I just gave it a chance. She bought me my first Nook eReader in 2011 and I have to admit that for the most part the silly little device has opened up yet another avenue in which I can lose copious amounts of time to a single endeavor. I didn’t realize how much more I would read if things were as easy as a single-press purchase or if I had the ability to read books on my phone.
Now, as I add books to my wish list about as quickly as I add films to my Netflix queue I begin to wonder whether I should start to look at the expense in any way… in 2012 I was surprised to see that I managed to read 23 books and I haven’t made a real dent in my wish list. I’m also experiencing the problem of getting a never ending list of recommendations from friends and the internet. Now more than ever, the cloning thing seems like a better idea.
So, am I a believer in tablets as eReaders? Well, not necessarily. I will always reach for my laptop long before I reach for my tablet for computing chores. And I hate having to think about bringing one more thing with me on trips, but I will admit that for reading, an eReader has all those devices beat hands down. As far as ergonomics goes though, I still hate having to prop something up or hold it while I read. One of these days I will find a way to build and market ‘The Capsule’. This will simply be a clear stand that you can prop over your head so that you can rest your reader on it (height adjustable, of course). The Capsule will also include a Bluetooth or wired remote that will plug into your reader allowing you to flip pages without touching the device. I know it sounds very lazy… but don’t knock it until you get to try it. Much like having a TV attached to the ceiling, this type of setup will grant you hours of reading without the pain of holding something in your hands.
If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend either a Kindle or Nook or Tablet. If you’re like me, you’ll find that you will make more time to read and it will be easier to make the time. Finally, if you have a book you think I’d enjoy, pass it along. I always enjoy a good recommendation. 🙂