14 Reasons I Prefer Reading on My iPad
And now, for a brief detour from the usual entrepreneurship and business-oriented posts, for my other love… Apple.
I rarely if ever need provocation to proclaim my love for Apple products. Indeed, if you so much as double-take me while I’m on my iThing, I’ll be happy to rattle off the 723 reasons you should buy one. Nonetheless, a lot of my friends and family members have expressed surprise as how happily I opt to read on my iPad. In fact, I have put off a number of books I want to read, until such time as they are available digitally. Why is this?
- I can fall asleep with my iPad without consequence. On the contrary, I can shut the lights off and continue to read, which helps the unwinding process.
- Privacy. When I read a book with an embarrassingly cliché title (Here’s looking at you, Think & Grow Rich), I don’t really want to hear about it from passers-by.
- No break-in Period. I hate opening a new book and cracking the spine. The force with which the pages clap back together shouts “I’m happier on the shelf.”
- Dog ears. Annoying. I much prefer digital bookmarking. Also, no paper cuts, if that’s a problem for you.
- Price. Once you get over the price of the device itself (non-issue, because it is a full-fledged laptop replacement), books are actually cheaper.
- Light weight & small size. Anyone who has been in an academic environment in the last 20 years can tell you; carrying a bunch of books is tiresome and back-breaking. I’m not going to go so far as to propose electronic readers as the solution to bad posture in children – but it’s a good start.
- Easy to turn pages. Ever rest a heavy book on your stomach, only to have to lift it to turn the pages? Yeah. Annoying.
- Visible in any light. No dorky reading lights or eye-straining necessary.
- Links in the text. Reading is so much more rewarding when you can fact-check and detail-dive with minimal effort. Kudos to authors like Tim Ferriss for including interesting links to further reading right in their footnotes.
- Quick access to reference materials (and ADD indulgence). “What does that word mean?” “I don’t understand that reference?” etc.
- Easier to highlight and take notes. I’m beating a dead horse here, but if you saw how many highlighters and how much wrist pain I went through in college, you would understand.
- Screenshots to send to friends. So you read an interesting paragraph in a paper book. You want to share just that paragraph with a friend who might enjoy it. How do you do it? Scan and email? Camera phone photo? On the iPad, you can just take a screen shot and email it. Easy.
- Instant access to books. Literally instant. You tell me about a book I would enjoy, I download it on my iPhone, it’s on my iPad that very evening before I go to bed. Love that.
- Smug factor. Ok, I’ll admit it, I also like sitting in public places with my lime green smart cover. Shoot me.
Thanks for reading!
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