This post marks the day in which I promise myself to get back to writing one or two things at the end of the day, week or month. The frequency will be random, really, and the content of the posts will change from solely my view on Albanian politics and economics to a broader perspective on what surrounds my daily life and thoughts. The randomness and my still unclear drive for incorporating writing again in my life should also explain the not so cool site title. Well, let’s hope that by reading more than writing, I will stumble upon or come up with a better one. Now, off to this post.
Slightly more than a month after I decided to purchase an eReader, here I am trying to make a cheesy post in which I briefly present my 9 findings from the past 33.3 hours of reading on my Kobo in this month.
- Switching from paper to an eReader could have not been any easier for me. Surely, there is less of a sentimental feeling once you close a book, but through highlighting many parts (MANY, 50+ for each book really) it is quite easier to come back to certain paragraphs at a more convenient time and look at what you previously appreciated with a more critical and understanding eye. To many people, the feeling of having a book in their hands is irreplaceable, but for me it has been working just fine with my Kobo so far.
- After being swamped in almost purely academic literature, EYP, and monotonous internships for the last year or two, I once again see the value of reading in embellishing my days, and allowing me to dream bigger than before, wonder about questions I had not considered before, and be less afraid of the uncertainty of each coming day.
- Through the inbuilt dictionaries, I can learn new words simultaneously, without needing to reach for my phone or laptop for the dictionary app.
- Ideal for traveling and particularly for EYPers! It makes any bus, train, or plane ride much more productive, interesting, and even I feel better for more than 2-3 hours not having been a waste of time.
- Ideal for reading right before you go to sleep, for unwinding after a day of classes, papers, or any other repeated activities, can permanently stand on your bedside and it does not require a bedside reading lamp.
- Compact, lightweight, and equipped with an eink display, my Kobo makes for a perfect companion, even able to fit in the inner pockets of my winter jacket whenever I decide to spent a few minutes in a park across the dorms.
- In the longer run, even after only 15 books, it saves you more money compared to buying paperback books, saves on storage space, and saves you the trip to the local bookstore that is in our modern days mostly found in the closest shopping mall, already more than a 30 minutes walk from my place. Moreover, there are PLENTY of free ebooks available online, and for the shameless ones in our midst almost every ebook there exists can be found for free in some dark space on the web. Not that I recommend this.
- Environmentally friendly, no more papers or books lying around in my room.
- Behavioral economics is certainly the direction I see future breakthroughs in economics coming from. Cognitive psychology and the decision making theories contributing to it are truly fascinating.
In conclusion, I am very happy to have purchased an eReader, and would suggest everyone else to at least give them a try. More importantly however, I would recommend that everyone makes reading a part of their daily lifes, even if in the beginning it may for not more than 20 minutes before falling asleep. For me, it gradually became a habit and replaced an unhealthy one in the process. Read on, my friends. Your comments on the topic above are most welcome as well.
I really wanted to just buy around 10 more books so that it could say 3% read.