Saturday, August 25, 2012
Dear Swift: Am I cheating on my books by buying an e-reader?
But my eye sight is getting so bad that I can't read novel sized books any more. (And even the trade paper backs are a bit difficult!) And with the muscle spasm headaches moving into my cheeks, I can't wear glasses without pain. I miss my reading so much - I generally read an hour or two before bed, and I'm lucky if I can read for 20 minutes! - and it's such a part of who I am, so I did the math and realized it's easier to get a Kobo than a pair of glasses I won't be able to wear!
If you're in Canada and in the market for one, check out Future Shop as they are $10 cheaper than Chapters/Indigo/Coles.
Is it weird that I started looking for patterns for a case before I opened the box? Yep, everything is an opportunity for crafting! Nevertheless, I think I'll make an envelope case for it so I have somewhere to store it when I fall asleep at night. I generally tuck my book, book light, and glasses under the pillow, but it might get scratched. (Sometimes I tuck the book under the dog sleeping in between our pillows, and she doesn't like that much!) I think I might find an hold hard cover book and hollow it out to become a case! (I have a great book called Susan Lends A Helping Hand, with a young girl looking frazzled as she tries to mow a lawn, but it's just a bit too small!)
I don't know if I'm going to have 3,000 books on my Kobo - yep, it can hold that much! - but I do like the idea of having my textbooks on it so I can study when I have a few free minutes between clients or before the youth programs. And it'll be far less heavy than the 1,000 page monstrosity I had last school year for math! And it'll be great for camping or travelling as well! I'm getting okay with this - I'm not cheating on my books! Am I?
If you own something like this, did you know you can load my e-books on to it? (Look to your right to see the list!) Drag and drop onto your e-reader in whatever operating system you're using (I'm using Lion on my Mac), and you have a book on your e-reader!