About a year ago I made the leap from physical books to eBooks. I’ve now replaced the majority of my library along with rapidly expanded other areas – damn you one click Kindle books! It’s been an interesting process mainly from discovering I actually alternate devices depending on the content reading.
Which device for which job?
Initially I assumed I’d be using my kindle for all my reading. That was the impetuous behind the move after all. However, this turned out to not quite be all the story. I find the following device break on tends to apply to me:
- Kindle : fiction or non fiction but not technical books or work related. Usually at night or on down time
- IPad : iBooks or kindle – usually iBooks : technical books or work related. Train journeys, travel and day time at desk along with work
- Desktop : following tutorials day time
I found not only the subject matter but the time of day seems to reflect in my choice of device. In retrospect this probably makes sense with the fact I highlight and interact with my iBook application and the Kindle eInk is easier on the eyes.
Digital means more options
One of the benefits of the move into digital has meant I have this choice of devices. It actually was something I wasn’t thinking of as a reason to move completely digital for my reading. However, it’s more happened as a nice side effect.
Split library location downside?
I as said use iBooks, however I’ve not actually brought any through that store. My personal preference has and probably will be Kindle store. Aside from that I tend to buy source eBooks which give me the different formats. I actually do keep a split library though, rarely uploading those source eBooks to my Kindle. I kind of like having the separation though.
Whilst it may not be for everyone a pure digital method of collecting music and books along with whatever I can convert to digital fits me, it’s not for everyone but for me it just works. Thanks to syncing and cloud storage I have access to anything I want in any device too so never find I’m missing something even if it’s not on the device I’m using.
Digital highlighting and noting
My primary reason in iBooks being my technical, work reading device is the highlighting and note functionality. I can’t praise this part of iBooks enough. Yes other applications and devices have this functionally, it’s a standard. Many fail in the implementation of note taking, whereas iBooks excels in my opinion. I also use a Wacom stylus a fair bit with my iPad and that perfectly suits highlighting.
I’ve always been a strong advocate that a loved book has a lot of notes in margins, dog-eared turned pages and highlighting. It’s how I get out what my reactions to what I am reading. With iBooks I get this in my digital device. Yes the Kindle has note capabilities, but aside from it being a great device that bit kind of sucks. Oddly it doesn’t though on the Kindle App for the iPad so maybe that’s what the touch will become.
The unexpected outcome
As I said, the move to eBooks I was fairly sure would be the right one. I wasn’t quite aware of the a fact I’d start using different devices for different reading subjects and even times of day. I did have a vague idea this would be a one device move, but I’m ok it is turning out to not be. My iPad is more than iBooks to me, being my travel device of choice. The Kindle has had a price drop to make it more palatable too. So, that’s not an issue if I have both. Yes, I am looking at getting the new Kindle the old now going to be a ‘husband hand down’.
All in all the move to a purely digital library has been incredibly positive for me. Perhaps a point to note is my increase in reading since this had been done. I find purchasing books a far more spur of moment thing now too, often snapping up the great bargains on the Kindle store (they have some insane offers). I’ve also found myself snagging up the free classic ebooks and rediscovering those again and as a result rediscovering some classics like Alice in wonderland and Jane Austin.
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