Reading for fun

Boy how I have missed it! For three long years even the thought of reading for fun was greeted with ‘what? Are you kidding?’ by both me and the people I spent most of my time with. But now I can. Except I haven’t been because work and life and every other distraction. Until now.

I have had four glorious days off work for no reason other than the fact I’ve been working a lot of overtime and it’s been peak season at the railway. So I treated myself on these golden days and downloaded some new titles and had the time of my life doing nothing but lying on the sofa devouring titles. And I’m going to share them with you now.

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Treating myself to a new toy

Recently I have been doing what every university student spends every summer doing – job hunting.  And being rejected by employers.  It has been seriously getting me down.  So yesterday I thought I would cheer myself up by treating myself to something I have been wanting for a long time – an ebook reader.

Now I have had, to date, three previous ebook readers, all of which I have loved and all of which I have sold on to progress to the latest upgrade.  Some might say I have gone backwards this time.  I started off with a Sony, then got the upgrade to that, then purchased a Kindle.  The Kindle was sold to justify the buying of my iPad, which I love with all my heart.  But it’s not the same.

Reading on an iPad is much like reading on a laptop.  There is glare, you can’t take it in the sun, it’s just like a laptop screen with the backlight.  So I did some browsing.  And I found this.

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This little beauty is the Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch and it is simply Heaven to use.  I have only had it for a few hours but already I feel like my summer reading is going to take off.  I have an enormous amount of books I was hoping to get through this summer and I think this will help me do it.  Why, I hear you ask?  Here are a few reasons.

1)  It’s super light.  It’s lighter than your average paperback.  And as I like big books (Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favourites) it makes it a real joy to read as I don’t have to carry over 700 pages around with me on a daily basis.

2)  The battery life is incredible.  Obviously I’m yet to test this fully but the website states that the battery life lasts over two months.  Which means no annoying cables to take on holiday with you!  I can happily read for the entire five hour bus journey to see The Bearded One and not have to worry about charging up before the journey back home.

3)  Storage.  I have a book problem at home – I have too many for the space I have.  This is the perfect solution.  I can buy as many books as I like and never run out of storage space thanks to the Nook’s capability to use a micro SD card.  Perfect!

4)  I can upload my own writing on there and edit on the go without having to carry a million devices.  I can pop my pdf scripts and drafts on there and read them whenever I like and just make notes with a good old fashioned pen and paper.

5)  No backlight.  Thanks to my years of working at computers I now need glasses to stop the words dancing all over the flippin’ screen.  Not so with my Nook.  The wonderful E ink display means it’s just like reading on paper.  No backlight and no headaches.  Which also means…

6)  I can take it in the garden and read in the sunlight!  No backlight means no glare and no freak outs to the sunshine.

With all of that in mind I’m off to do some reading.  On my new Nook.  Which I love.