Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reading, reading, reading

I've been doing a lot of reading lately.  Maybe because we've been so busy that I haven't had much time to do anything else!  It helps that I can now read on my Nook, or on my iPad.

Last fall, the community college was thinking about making iPads a requirement for all students.  But the cost was being considered, so at the library, I ordered both a Kindle Fire and a Nook Tablet to see if they could be a good substitute for the larger iPad.  I played with both over the next few months and quickly found on nice benefit:

I could take one with me to the gym and actually read while I was on the treadmill or elliptical machine!  Do you have any idea how much quicker time goes when you aren't just watching your speed or miles walked, or even the news?  I'm able to read, keep my speed up (and sometimes go even faster if the book is exciting) and the time just flies!  Makes working out  at 5 a.m. almost enjoyable.

Then in April, the decision was made to go with iPads, and the school bought me one.  Technically, it belongs tot he school, but we were instructed to treat them as if they were personal items and use them for whatever we wanted.  So I downloaded the Nook and Kindle apps and switched to taking my iPad to the gym.  The larger page size means that I don't have to flip pages quite as often, but the size is a little cumbersome.

I still use my Nook some, but find that I'm  using the iPad more and more all the time.

Kevin also likes me reading ebooks because I can read without the light on when we are in bed.  He'll go to sleep, and I'll read.  With the iPad, the light doesn't bother him.  Besides the 2 apps, I also can read books from the State Library through their ebook collection, which is nice...but it's so popular that all the copies are taken and I usually have to wait for the book I want to read.  (The State Librarian in charge told me that she had to buy 58 copies of 50 Shades of Grey just to keep up with the demand.)

I have bought some books, and I've borrowed several from the library site, and I've read many many free titles that Amazon and the Nook have.  On top of that, I've even read several in print!  In fact, sometimes they will provide an author's first book free and to finish the story, you have to either buy the ebook, or get the rest of a series in print!

My wish list is long, long, long, long and we're coming upon the season of new titles!  I'm drowning under all the new titles I want to read!  What a rough life!

In January, expect to see another long list of titles!

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