Readers love the whole experience of being able to hold a book in their hands, being able to smell the pages, crack the spine, but with the improvements in technology and the introduction of devices such as the Kindle and the iPad, more and more readers are turning to eBooks because of their convenience and how easily available eBooks have become.
Initially, I used to stay away from eBooks because I thought it would diminish the reading experience but as I started to experiment with eBooks I realized that it doesn’t matter how I read the book, physical copy or not, the experience remains the same.
I actually started reading eBooks because some books weren’t available as physical copies in India but were available on the Kindle store, so I decided to read eBooks. I use my iPad mini and read on the iBooks app.
Getting into eBooks doesn’t require too much effort and it is actually worth it, believe me. With these tips I’m about to share with you, I hope you can find some inspiration and maybe get into eBooks:
- One of the key things for reading eBooks is finding the right device. Either the device is too small, like your phone, or too big, like your laptop. Finding the right sized device is key in achieving a good eBook experience. After struggling to read on my iPhone and finding my MacBook to be inconvenient, I switched over to my iPad mini which is the best size because it’s not too big or too small, and it’s very convenient because I can slip it into my backpack before school or carry it in my hand if I’m going out. I am hoping to invest in a Kindle for my birthday, though.
- After you’ve found the right device, the next step is to find the right reading application. Some reading applications don’t have the same features and some are better than others. I use the iBooks app because it lets me highlight stuff, make comments, and if I’m reading late, it automatically adjusts the lighting and colors for me. (Also because it was already on my iPad and I didn’t feel like downloading anything else.) There is a whole host of reading applications like iBooks, the Kindle app, the Nook app, Kobo and the list goes on. Experiment with different applications and see which one works for you.
- Another important thing is to find the right place to download eBooks. Not everybody prefers to pay for eBooks and there are quite a few websites out there that allow you to download eBooks for free but the problem with these copies is that they aren’t author or publisher-approved so it’s hard to tell the quality of these books. I buy my books off of the Kindle store and the iBooks store, or sometimes if I sign up for an author’s or publisher’s newsletter they offer me a free book. For example, Tuesday morning, I signed up for Raye Wagner’s newsletter and received a free copy of her book, Curse of the Sphinx. (Sign up here: rayewagner.com)
- The last thing is to choose the books you want to read as eBooks. Sometimes, not all books should be read as eBooks, or sometimes eBooks aren’t even available. So it’s best to maybe make a list or keep in mind the specific books you’d like to read so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for.
Well, those are my tips on how to get into eBooks. Try these tips out and let me know what you think! I hope you liked this post! I will be going on a hiatus for two weeks because of finals, so I’ll be posting my next Thursday Tip Day on the 19th of May (it’s a very exciting post!)
See you soon!