Friday, June 4, 2010

eReader


I just finished my first downloaded book from eReader on my iPhone.  The cost of downloading it was not that much cheaper than purchasing it, but the experience was so worth it.  As much of a "real" book lover as I am.... I was not at all sure I could ever adjust to this type of reading... but after trying it, I am hooked!  You can adjust the font to suit you, small or large or extra large, change the background color and font color to your liking, touch the top right of the page to bookmark it, and swipe the page to turn it.  My favorite thing was touching a word that I didn't know the definition of and getting the answer immediately.  My next favorite thing was not having a physical book to worry about.  After hauling away hundreds of books over the past few years, this was such a great feeling.  The book was a fiction book titled "Deliver Us From Evil" by David Baldacci.  It was a very tough go, in the beginning, for me because of the subject matter.  There were parts that described the evil of men in a way that I have never read before.  It was just too descriptive for my taste, and I could have lived the rest of my life without reading the way this individual tortured people.  The sad thing is... that it is most likely  not really "fiction".  I have a feeling some of this was what really happened under Hitler and Stalin and Mussolini's orders.   The book is about a man that is truly evil.  But the good news is that in the end the good guys win.  It turned out to be a really good book with a lot of  suspense.  I love love love this new way of reading!  I can't wait to download another book.  I like suspense and thrillers and mysteries, but I may chose a little more....".lighthearted" one next time.

10 comments:

Star said...

I think you are very brave to read a book which has much violence in it. I am surprised that you liked reading on the IPhone. I have looked at the Nook in Barnes and Noble and that is about as small as I'd want to go. Since I would only haul one book at a time, it isn't really a problem for me. I take it you have AT @ T for your phone service. I have heard that Verizon is better but they are not supported by Apple. Think I've got that right. I would like to hear your comments on that?
Blessings, Star

Star said...

ps, I invite you to my new Blog http://stitching-stars.blogspot.com where I am having a giveaway this weekend.
Star

Sandy said...

I will definitely keep this in mind for the time in the future when I have lots of time to read. I miss taking the time to read without thinking there is a 100 other things I should be doing. thanks for the review....

Ann said...

I was thinking about the Nook, but, I have so many unread books on my bookshelf, I decided to stick with the books for now.

However, I am glad you like reading on the iPhone.

I don't care for blood and violence books, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Agatha Christie mysteries are about as wild as I get. hehe

Have a great week-end.

Ann

Reader Wil said...

It all sounds very interesting and exciting! I like to read in bed and I don't see myself reading with a computer in my bed. I also like to hold a book in my hands, leaf through it, put it away, fetch a cup of coffee and take it with me outside where I can read it sitting in the sun. I believe it's a totally new way of reading! Thanks for sharing.

Renie Burghardt said...

I totally abstain from reading books with violence, but this new kind of reading sounds interesting. But I must say, I prefer an old fashioned book, too.

Have a great weekend.

Hugs,

Renie

Rudee said...

I read this last night, but was falling asleep at my keyboard. I want to buy an ipad for books (and other things), but I'm not sure about how I'll feel reading a book that's not really a book. I have very mixed feelings. How will I make notes in the margins?

I may need to go out and get Baldacci's book. He never really disappoints, does he. Right now, I'm sticking to reading fluff while healing my anxieties.

The Bug said...

I like Baldacci too. I read downloaded books on my mini notebook and I think there are plusses & minuses:

Plus: I can read in dim light - no trying to fiddle with a book light. I don't have a physical book to worry about keeping (or getting back to the library in good condition). I only read things that I wouldn't otherwise purchase.

Minus: I admit that the size of my screen bugs me - all that scrolling down to read. Also, the mini notebook is bigger than the other book readers when it's open (because of the keyboard).

Brenda said...

Star,
Thanks for your visit. Yes for now we can only use iPhones with an AT&T account, but I have heard rumors of Verizon carrying the iPhone also sometime in the near future. Those darn contracts they lock you into for 2 years are annoying though. We had Verizon before this and yes they are very good. No problems yet though with AT&T...

Sandy,
I had gotten away from reading for several months, but reading is the one thing that I do for myself that I can not give up for very long. Hope you get some free time soon!

Ann,
As much as you like to read you would really love an electronic reader. We still go to the book store whenever we get a chance, and that is really how I decide which ones I really want to download. I still buy magazines and books for our grands.

Wil,
I also read in bed before I drift off to sleep and that was really a deciding factor for me to read this way. The books hurt my arms or neck sometimes, especially if they are hardback books with a lot of pages. This little device you can hold in your hand and I think it weighs 4.8 oz. That is a great relief for my neck and arms. Also you can read outside. One draw back would be if you dropped it outside. The iPhones are a little delicate. I am not sure about the Kindle or Nook or other readers...if they are less likely to break.

Renie,
Yes I love books and we have a large collection that may always be with us. I read a lot of fiction that I used to hang on to, but started running out of space and had to finally find them a new home. I donated them to the library.

Rudee,
I think you can make notes on these. They are amazing! I haven't even scratched the surface on what the capabilites are. The ipad is really awesome, but for reading in bed or carrying around in your purse they are a little bigger than I thought they would be. And heavier. But photos look so great on there and are so organized. My husband really wants one and I think we will get one someday, if for no other reason than viewing our photos and reading while sitting in a chair. I hope they come down in price in another year or so. I haven't read a book by Baldacci yet that I haven't liked.
But yes, you should stick to feel good books for now.

Dana,
I thought about the mini notebook also, because our son-in-law has one and I really liked it. But I do like to lie down and read, and with this you can lie on your side or back. I thought the smallness of the screen would bother me....but it really hasn't.

bettyjf1 said...

I'm with you Brenda. I have a hard time reading of evil men.. ESPECIALLY when they're getting away with it at first :)
I've heard about the new "books" out now and really like the idea. Will wait to "afford it"...
Hope you're doing good!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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