The Basics of Reading a Book

I was initially resistant to using e-readers but once I made the switch in 2012 I was hooked.  The decision to purchase an e-reader instead of another device that would allow me e-reading capabilities was determined based on the following reasons:

  1. I prefer the e-ink technology used for the screen. It’s easier on my eyes than backlit screens.
  2. I’m a bit old-fashioned and I like it that my e-reader is just a book.  It doesn’t do anything else so I’m not distracted by notifications and beeping, nor am I tempted to leave my ebook to surf the web or check messages.
  3. The battery lasts for about 3 weeks on a single charge.

My first e-reader was from Sony and I loved it.  It was easy to use and had buttons or screen swiping for navigating.  Best of all I only needed one library account to borrow ebooks.  After moving about a dozen times I started borrowing books from the library instead of buying them.  I refused to change my reading habits and still borrowed ebooks even though I knew that “moving” ebooks wouldn’t involve packing and backbreaking labor.

I recently switched to a KoboGlo and was dismayed to learn that borrowing library ebooks was not nearly as easy.  I had to to create an account with Kobo just to use the e-reader.  Then I discovered the e-reader couldn’t link directly to my local library as the Sony e-reader had.

To borrow ebooks from my library I performed the following:

  1. Create login/password account to use Adobe Digital Editions (required)
  2. Download Adobe Digital Editions to access the ebook format
  3. Install Adobe Digital Editions on my computer
  4. Access my library overdrive account to borrow ebooks
  5. Download ebook into Adobe Digital Editions
  6. Connect KoboGlo to computer
  7. Add ebooks from Adobe Digital Editions to KoboGlo

I now have 2 additional accounts to manage, plus all the steps involved to get ebooks onto the e-reader (steps 4-7).  However, if I had purchased books, I could have been reading on the KoboGlo within minutes of setting up the account.

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies.  When I switched to digital I wanted the process of borrowing and reading to be just as easy as it was in print. Although I do love the e-reader for many reasons, I sometimes find myself getting frustrated with all the setup and accounts required to something as basic as reading a book.

2 comments for “The Basics of Reading a Book

  1. james
    15 July 2014 at 09:01

    This was great. And would appeal to those of you who just want to read. But to a techie like me I have to say nothing beats my iPad. If you want that same easy of use as your Sony e-reader, I would suggest the simplest kindle. I’m not big on them but they do have some advantages. 1) good battery life. 2) You are able to read them on the beach as the no glare coating on the screen. 3) It is easy on the eyes. I just don’t know about connecting to the library so you can borrow books.
    For me the iPad is the best. I read a lot of technical manuals and books. One of the advantages of the iPad is that I can hit a link and go to the web address, which to me is invaluable. Also the ability to have my books synced to all my apple devices appeals to me. There are so many more advantages about the iPad for me mention. But like everything, what appeals to you may not appeal to me. It’s all about ones preferences. One should always use what one feels is the best choice, or is the best tool for the job.


    • The Deletist
      16 July 2014 at 12:17

      Hi James,
      Thanks for the insights! I actually had a Kindle before the Sony e-reader and I wasn’t able to borrow library books in Canada with it. Some kind of licensing thing. And yes, I agree with you about the synching capabilities of the iPad is pretty sweet. I also have an iPad, which I would be more inclined to read on if it wasn’t for the backlit screen.


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