Growing up I was always a bit of a bookworm. Unfortunately my love for reading (on my own) got pushed aside once I had kids, a husband, a full-time job, a home to take care of, – and did I mention attempting every now and then to catch up on some much needed beauty sleep?!
Well, luckily the past year or so afforded me some opportunities to travel more than usual, which allowed me some time to reacquaint myself with my old friend – a good book.
As the times and technology has evolved, so has the way that we can access and read books. In just the past few years I have gone from holding an actual book (gasp!), to reading online, to purchasing various kindle models to read from, to now accessing and reading from my lengthy ibook library on an iPad mini.
The e-book reader craze has definitely helped me reconnect with books again, as I am able to access virtually any book at any time, and mostly read hands free! – (Genius! Especially for a multi-tasking mom.)
I also love the social aspect of most e-books, as you can often find and follow friends in order to see what they’re reading and vice versa. I like that when you are finished a book, you usually have the option of writing a review and/or posting your completed book on various social media feeds. This is great as I am always looking for a good book recommendation, but I do appreciate that these features aren’t forced on you.
There are some really good e-readers on the market today, which can allow you access to a library of books at your fingertips. Here are a just a few:
2. iPad mini – this has become my newest favorite place to read from because the iPad mini is so light and portable, and I really love Apple’s ibooks store and library. Plus you can also download the kindle app for free on your iPad (or Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone) to access books via your kindle library. –The only con that I have found with reading on my iPad mini is the reflective glare at times.
3. Nook – this is Barnes and Noble’s e-reader, which I have heard good things about, but I honestly have no experience with.
4. Kobo – another e-reader that gets great reviews, but another one that I have no experience with unfortunately. Just by glancing at their website, they do appear to have a nice interface for purchasing e-reader devices, e-magazines, e-books and much more right at kobo.com
There are also a few Netflix-esque e-book subscription services out there, and one that I recently discovered (and LOVE), is called Oyster. They offer a first month free trial and then after that it’s only $9.95/month for unlimited access to books!
– Another e-book subscription site that you may also want to take a look at is Scribd.
However you choose to read, just always remember – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss
Please comment below and let me know how you read and what you are reading!