A protagonist view on ereading. Improve your reading experience, and benefit in other ways.


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Enhancements in living could be yours if you started reading books made of electronic ink and software in stead of traditional paper books. Economic, ecological, social and cultural factors are at play here. To me, with ebooks, I am better informed, I have less expenses, and reading has become more comfortable and more pleasurable. If you like all these things, then do read on.

Packing smart, travelling light
During free time reading is one of my favorite activities. I don't do this myself, but I know many people stashing their valises with paper books when they are travelling. Whether it is for business or for pleasure, there is always some spare time when you can relax and read your favorite kinds of stories. However, by having your paper books in your suitcase inside the cargo hold, they will be out of reach during your voyage. If you switch off WiFi when flying, in most cases you can read from all of the ebooks inside one tiny electronic device. It could normally hold 500 titles with ease, with so little extra weight that it feels like virtually no weight at all on your travels.

Space management
People living in a cramped space will recognize what it feels like not being able to build a big collection of book titles for study and fun. What a blessing it is to have a device that makes it possible to use so much virtual books without having to own or rent and manage so much real life space. I am selling most of my paper books and gaining space for it. Perhaps soon I will be looking for less costly housing.

Comfort in reading
To me reading books should be a relaxing activity when it comes to the physical bodily functions. In most of the paper books you can witness publishers having a care for readers when looking at the page composition of a book. My experience is that reading paper books has been fine. But since the moment I owned an ereader I have experienced that the weight, page turning ability and the visibilty of text have been pure progress for me. Not only am I able to read more relaxed because of the load on my visual and musculoskeletal system, I have also become a faster reader, and have less irritation because of the decrease of distraction on account of strain on the body.

Pocket your books
I have tried and managed to force a paperback novel into one of the pockets in my coat, advancing it to a whole other folding level. Pocket books don't really do what you expect them to do: fit inside the pocket of your jacket or coat. With my e-reader I have done this on a regular basis with hundreds of books in one go without affecting the physical quality of these books.

Tap on your notes to go to linked text
If you are part of a book reader club like I am, then I bet you discuss the books the group members have read. While reading I am taking notes of striking things I'd like to discuss. With paper books there is always a loose sheet of paper with notes on them pointing to page numbers. Paging through you'll get to the page and passage your notes from the loose sheet point to. It'll do. What I like better is having the sheet electronically at my hands being able to jump to the passages in the book at the tap of my finger turning instantly to the quote I am having my comments on. It keeps the flow of the discussion going better from my perspective. Making notes and tapping are on board my ereader. Reader's life is virtually a dance now.

Type fonts are sizeable
Texts with small type font in paper books can be enlarged with a looking glass if your eye sight isn't what it used to be, but this is hardly a comfortable thing to do when you have to keep the glass up above the page, even for a tiny story consisting of let's say five pages. If a book is of electronic type in epub format with original small size letters you can configure the type font to a bigger size which makes reading a more pleasurable experience in a jiffy.

Searching and finding
Did I ever lose a passage in a story or a word that I found to be worth quoting as something essential or inspirational? Yes, I did. Oftentimes. I was remembering the keyword, though I couldn't remember where it was in the book. After having skimmed several chapters and pages more than once, this laboriousness resulted in no find I was looking for. Repeated attempts with slight changes in my search strategy proved to be unsuccessful either. This sometimes got to a point where irritation meets frustration when you realise it has been no use at all, and eventully you will abort searching activities.

The search feature of my ereader device solves the above mentioned problem. It finds the sought after text part in the story for me far better, ready to be used for citations. This feature saves me a lot of time, and it finds more than the sought after text part which can sometimes prove quite useful shedding more clarity on it.

eBook navigation
To navigate to a page in the ebook on my ereader I choose from one of three options. Sliding to a page (the coarsest), Entering a page number (the most exact and fastest), and leafing through the ebook pages (the slowest). The slowness of leafing pages to get to the part you wish to go also depends on the number of pages you have to swipe, of course. If you would want to size you page, you would act the same as you would with your smartphone or tablet.

Hard buttons
There are also buttons outside the screen, which I call hard buttons, not because they are difficult to use. These hard buttons are quite easy. You simply press the greater than button for going a page forward, and the less than button for going back a page. Swiping and tapping work just as well but these two buttons are my favorite ones to use for turning pages. It is up to every individual reader to decide which would be the best.

Home, Return and Lines buttons
Two other hard buttons are the home button and the return button. The first speaks for itself with a glyph in the shape of a little monopoly game house. The return button gets you back to the functions section you visited before the current one. Even more can be found under the hard button with lines on it. When pressed it shows options for screen display types, chapter directory of the ebook, notes, font types and sizes, page modes, screen configuration, and search.

Bookmarks are automatic
How often have you found yourself leafing through your paper format book searching where you stopped reading wishing to quickly pick up where you left off, because your bookmark fell out or you forgot about it because you were too sleepy to put it in? I know I have. With reading books from my ereader it won't happen anymore. The ereader device remembers the page where you were last if you stopped reading and switched it off or it switched by itself because there was no reader activity for some time; it auto bookmarked the page for you.

Personalizing your pages with the PRS-T2 means you can keep your text from almost falling off the page; simply put in more space between the edge of your page and the text to be consumed. You could also do the opposite if you get a kick out of reading near the virtual ravine. It is entirely up to the reader.

Bookstore integration
It won't keep your battery charged for very long, but this little ereader device has the capability to let you use it as a black and white internet browser, if you switch on WiFi. Personally I will only go online for a very limited time space. Because my ereader has bookstore integration it is great to go on the net if I'd like to order ebooks. For most other on line activities I do my web browsing with a device better equipped for surfing and editing purposes.

In conclusion
To me my Sony ereader is my personal space and weight saver, and my reading experience has gotten better. These properties can probably also be found in other ereaders like the insanely popular Kindle, or other less well-known ones.

An ereader could be working wonders when it comes to health, wealth and ease of attaining and using knowlegde in a relaxed manner from basic to academic levels. For me these advantageous properties make ereaders far superior when compared to paper books.

It won't come as a surprise that my recommendation is: Go eBook!

 

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