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My living room is covered with tall shelves stuffed, artistically, with books. We refer to it as the library as that seems to be its sole function.
I’m a bonafide bibliophile. I want to read a “real book” rather than a digital one. In fact, with a degree in psychology and in particular the workings of neurons, motor skills, and habits, I’m interested in how we, as writers, are affected by either writing by hand or typing as well as reading a book or a screen of one kind or another.
But my actions speak otherwise as I have a good number of ebooks on my Kindle in addition to the hundreds in my library. I have also found that reading and notating on the Kindle and syncing it with your Goodreads account is something to be treasured, especially when I’m inundated with my own paperwork as a writer. See my post on Writers and Their Notes on The Point of the Quill. It got a Reddit Hug. 😉
The Bibliophiles Dilemma
Having been a writer and avid reader all of my life, I have tried the reading apps on my phone, the Amazon Kindle given to me as a friend as well as the newest Kindle Paperwhite.
I felt, with the apps and the second generation Kindle, that I would reach for a book much faster than I would for the 2000 plus books sitting on my Kindle. Even if I knew they were there I just couldn’t get in the habit of turning it on and reading.
I am, especially with my cache of writing books, a die-hard notator. For borrowed books, I use my own Readers Booklets and bookmark in combination with tabs. Yet all of these are forgotten or unused once the book is closed. I will refer to notes for reviews but so many of my other thoughts and ideas are lost with the closing of the book covers.
All of this changed when I was kindly given the newest Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas this year. I found the Paperwhite to be easier to read than the earlier generation Kindle and found my reading speed to increase at a sizeable pace. I still use my Reader’s Notes for reviews but more and more, I find that since all we do is eventually digital, having that as the first and last option as a reference for both reading, writing, and reviews saves me untold amounts of time and trouble. The ideas that crop up as a result of reading several books at once are also not lost to the bookcases once the books are finished but available to me at a click of the button.
What I also found, having desperately tried to reconstruct my reading list for last year because who can remember what date you started and stopped reading a book, was that once I linked up my Kindle to my Goodreads account, the books I flew through on the Paperwhite were automatically logged as read, with the option to add a few or all notations as well. Easy-peasy. Talk about productivity.
Announcing the Waterproof Kindle: For Bath or Beach
Aptly called the Kindle Oasis, this is worry-free reading in all circumstances, including the coffee shop.
Note: For all of you beach-bunnies, they now have a waterproof Kindle which you can get in black and also Champagne which looks much like the rose gold so popular today. Take it in the bath and relax without worrying at all.
You can pre-order it here:
I intend to make this a series, focusing on scientifically backed studies on the benefits of writing by hand versus typing and the benefits and drawbacks of reading physical books versus ebooks, as well as what you can do as a writer to augment your ebook. This series will cover readers and writers both with a special bonus product for both coming soon!
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Have you struggled with these issues as well? Are you a bonafide bibliophile or have you gone over to the digital side? Please let me know in the comments.