Friday, September 27, 2013
Reading, digital and paper
Posted by matt jackson
You might have guessed I like to read from the reviews I have on the blog. I have been somewhat struggling this last year or two to find things to read. I find something, start reading and then it just fails to catch my attention. I have recently found a good stride lately and I think I may have discovered why.
I moved to digital reading about three years ago when my wife bought me an iPad (thanks honey!) and at first I dove right in. This began in Iraq and I read a good number of books on my iPad using my Kindle app. Then I returned to the States and my reading seems to have really slacked off, I surmised this to be due to being back, life being busy, not the right material, etc.
This last week I was at Barnes and Noble...literally my fourth trip to a book store where I walked out empty handed. This time I picked up a book at random from a couple that had interesting covers. And I tore through the book in three days (384 pages). Not a record for me, but much more in line with my old reading habits.
So why now? Like this? Was the book that good?
I do not think so. Instead I think it is due to lack of other things pulling on my attention. In Iraq, where I read a good number of books, I did not have wifi unless I went to select locations, thus my iPad did not auto-update me on G+ statuses, new emails, cool blog posts, etc etc. Where I use my iPad today: home...with earth-shatteringly fast wifi. And the constant interruption of the internet.
The next few books I have selected to read are physical books I checked out from...*GASP*.... a library. I will test this idea out and see if my own reading habits improve.
I think they will.