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Why I Sold Out and Bought an E-ReaderMonday, March 13, 2017
Remember when I swore I would never read on an e-reader ? Well, I guess I lied. Why did I buy an e-reader? While I am a member o...
Remember when I swore I would never read on an e-reader? Well, I guess I lied.
Why did I buy an e-reader?
While I am a member of several programs that supply Advanced Readers Copies (ARCs) of books, I noticed several of them started switching to e-books only, which was a real bummer. I still prefer a physical book, but it seemed necessary to have a e-book supported device so I could occasionally read some ARCs I was very interested in.
Which e-reader device did I purchase?
Amazon had their Amazon Fire tablet on sale for $33 on Black Friday, so I snatched one of those up. I figured it would be a nice first tablet because it also has internet capabilities and supports apps. Unfortunately, the tablet doesn't support most apps I was interested in downloading. I was hoping to use the tablet not only for reading, but also mostly for blogging on-the-go. That didn't work out so well. The tablet does not work well with Blogger, or with a lot of sites that aren't connected to Amazon. I can download the books I've sent to my kindle as "documents," however, other apps I needed to download ARCs weren't compatible with the Fire. That was obviously a huge bummer, so me and my Fire aren't best friends.
I think if you're purchasing e-books through Amazon or borrowing from Kindle, this is actually a pretty good platform to read on. I really enjoy the Kindle app. You can view how much longer you've got left in the chapter or the book, gauge your reading speed, and more. I really like that you can highlight words or quotes for more information (don't know what that word you just read means? You can quick search the definition using the highlighting option!). There's also the option to turn off the backlight, so as not to strain your eyes when you're reading in the dark, which is pretty cool.
Does anyone have any suggestions for how to make the Fire more compatible for the uses I'm looking for? Maybe I'm still not a huge fan of e-reader devices.
How's my e-reading going?
Honestly, since I received my tablet in late November, I've only read two e-books - Little Heaven and The Bone Witch - and I read those going back and forth between my phone and my tablet. It's nice that I can switch between devices and still pick up where I left off, so I definitely enjoyed that about the Kindle app.
Honestly, I will forever prefer physical books. I've noticed it takes me a couple weeks to read a book via e-reader, when I can finish a physical books in a couple of days, on average. So, when given the option, I will always choose the physical book, but I guess it doesn't hurt to own the tablet, too.
What are your thoughts on reading e-books? Which format do you prefer?
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