I began my work at Vook as a diehard print fan. I have a poetry background and, like much of my creative writing brethren, I love independent bookstores, small presses, and intimate connections with authors — that is, I have shelves of my library devoted to signed copies.
But eBooks can be a boon to even the most digitally agnostic folks (and a neat app called Kindlegraph is working on letting authors sign eBooks). A few months ago, I switched from reading mostly on paper to reading almost entirely on my computer — and today I want to tell you why I think you should too.
1) Read easily.
Thanks to reflowable design — eBook pages reform to fit your screen size — the advantages of using an eBook over print are tremendous for a reader. At night, when my eyes are tired and I don't want to squint at print, I can resize the text to make it bigger or go into night mode with the push of a button. This is also useful for reading on the elliptical at the gym.
2) Read faster.
The most common tip for speed reading is to read 3 words at a time rather than read each word one by one. You can develop this habit with some concentrated effort. But I've noticed that if I resize the font appropriately, I can see about six words at a time on my phone. Voila! The text is segments nicely into three word chunks.
3) Read everywhere (physically).
A lot of productivity involves breaking down large tasks into smaller more manageable ones that you can do when you have the time. eBooks make this easy.
I'm fond of reading for five minutes at a time on crowded subways. Granted, I could do that with paper too. But I carry my phone everywhere, and I don't always carry a backpack with a book or two. If I find myself with some unexpected free time, I've always got my phone in my back pocket.
I'm also more likely to read long form nonfiction (which I usually find quite painful) if I don't have to see a thick spine and can only see one screen at a time. I become immersed in the story — and The Wealth of Nations doesn't seem quite so intimidating.
4) Read anywhere (digitally).
With ecosystems like Amazon's and Barnes & Nobles's, your books and notes are stored in the cloud and can be accessed with a quick local download. When I recently moved from Westchester to Brooklyn, I had my entire library in my pocket.
There are nonfiction works and textbooks and handbooks for HTML5 and CSS3 that I reference daily. Having them available in my pocket, without an internet connection — and then having them sync to my computer for easy searching — means that I don't have to carry them with me everywhere just in case I need to quickly look something up.comments powered by Disqus