I was sitting in the departure lounge in DFW airport waiting to get on my flight and I was reading a a book on my iPhone.
The guy sitting next to me ask, “Are you reading a book on your iPhone?”
I said, “Yes, I am.”
He said, ” That is awesome! Can you really do that?”
We had a good discussion on how I was using the Kindle app to read books and how well it was working for me. He had the Kindle app loaded before we got on the plane.
I am traveling more these days, so I have more airplane time to read. I wanted to try reading on my iPhone, so I got the Kindle iPhone app, got an Amazon account to buy eBooks, and downloaded a few books. The eBooks cost a little less than the paper version. I have now read four or five books on my iPhone and the answer is – Yes!
It did take reading about one or two books to get used to reading on the iPhone for several hours at a time. I had to find the right text size so that the text was big enough for me to read but small enough that I didn’t have to turn the page every sentence.
Here are seven reasons I like it:
- The iPhone doesn’t weigh much, so holding it a long time is easy.
- I can easily read my iPhone in low light.
- The iPhone is small, so I carry and use it on places like an airplane.
- I can carry several books at a time without filling up my bag.
- The iPhone Kindle app keeps track of where I am in the book so it is easy to get started reading.
- I can buy a new book anytime from Amazon with my laptop or with the browser on my iPhone.
- Last but not least, I always have my iPhone with me, so it is very convenient. I can read a few pages almost anytime I am stuck waiting.
There are a few things I don’t like. The airlines want me to turn my iPhone when we take off and land so I can’t read then. When I want to go back to find something in the book, it is not as easy as it would be to just thumb through a hard copy of the book. When I am reading something that require lots of work to understand (re-reading, skipping back to the previous page to check content, etc.), I do find reading on the iPhone more difficult.
Overall, reading books on my iPhone is a great plan for me. I have recently read Dan Brown’s new book,”The Lost Symbol,” and several of the books I have reviewed on this web site including, “The Tipping Point.” I have access to one of the early Kindles and have friends that love them, but for me, not having one more device to mess with is helpful. If you haven’t tried it, you should.
How do you read today? Have you used your iPhone or Kindle to read a book? What works for you?