I have to admit, I am a total gadget nerd, somehow find peace and solace in exploring new tech toys. Today, I was reading a book, on my e-reader of course, and realized that it has been nearly a decade since the official launch of the first electronic reader and this unique piece of technological device has come a long way and transformed the way the world reads.
Despite its simple concept and new adaptation to an age old hobby, the e-reader is packed with little features that avid and leisure readers can enjoy. Compared to normal smartphones and tablets that has ridiculously bad battery life and unreadable screens in the sun or in darkness for that matter, today’s e-readers have an amazing long battery life and wonderful features and storage. I mean, you can have hundreds of books in this small piece of technology.
There are multiple ways to enjoy reading a book, for instance, some readers may opt to use the NOOK app to read books or choose to browse their local library for available books to read right off the ereader or tablet or just simply check out. Either way your preference of reading, ultimately, there is no better way to kick off this year by expanding our minds by reading a good book in some form.
So while you may enjoy reading the book on the train to and from work or just relaxing on the beach by the ocean, here are some cool tips and tricks to making your reading experience more effective and enjoyable:
1.) Keep your favorite reads organized from day one. Why is this so important? By creating organized collections in your e-reader or reading application, you are ultimately saving yourself time, and time is money. It is one of the reasons you got the e-reader in the first place, didn’t you?
So, make the most out of having a library in the palm of your hand and organize them by genre, author, title or whatever you can best find them in. It may appear that initially you only have a few books but, believe me, as time goes on you will find yourself in a chaotic mess that might seem too frustrating to deal with by then.
Think of it as, sort of, like having disorganized electronic files on your computer–by the time you can’t see your wallpaper anymore it might be too late. So organize, organize, organize.
2.) Turn your screen contrast up to the highest level to ensure the darkest and blackest font displays. Whether you are reading from a screen or on paper, one of the most important aspects is ease on the eyes. As readers we expect both print and e-reader/tablet displays to be clean and crisp.
Needless to say, if you are reading off a reading app, you will want to avoid all the potential jagginess of the letters when looking upon your screen.
3.) Make it a wonderful page turning experience. This time around, we are not referring to the book itself. When carefully inspecting the types of reading applications and e-readers to use frequently, notice how the device or app display page turns.
In some, you might notice display and quick flash of black every few pages or every page even. This can prove to be quite distracting for the reader and is definitely not a good compromise for any discounted prices. You want to make reading an enjoyable experience, so make sure you pay attention to this small feature.
4.) Vary your reading rate as a strategy to identify what speed suits you best. When reading, we are often looking to absorb some sort of information. There is no saying when we will discover the most insightful aspect of the book and reach an epiphany.
According to a Harvard Report on reading, finding your optimal rate of reading can prove to help students learn a great deal more than reading at an aimless speed. Now looking back upon your years in school–do you not wish someone had told you earlier? Skimming is often not as practical even in the case of a limited time span. Consider your time limitations and made adjustments to your reading speed.
5.) Take notice of the pivotal words in your reading. As much as we may tend to disregard this, prepositions and conjunctions are extremely helpful in guiding us through the most complex readings. A simple use of the word ‘furthermore’ can prompt a reader to keep reading and acts as a very subtle motivator.
Next time you are reading, take notice of the pivotal words that have impacted your subconsciousness while reading. When aware of the most effective pivotal words for yourself, you can better optimize your reading strategy.
6.) You really do not have to read every word. Perhaps, this has been a little reading myth that has been passed on for decades through school, many words you will read in your lifetime will be filler words meant to create a grammatically correct sentence. Skipping through these words does not mean you will miss out on the entire meaning of what you are reading.
You want to focus your energy on comprehending and conceptualizing the meanings of your reading instead of running through every single extraneous word in the text. By eliminating this, you will be able to read at a faster pace as well.
7.) …and while you are at it, skip over the repetition and redundancy too. Some books are very insightful but just a tad bit repetitive. If you are a student, this repetition can serve you some purpose in memorizing new information. However, if you are attempting to absorb new ideas, there is no point in wasting time on rereading the single concept that 300 pages is trying to convey. If you have taken away what you wanted, that is good enough. You set your own pace and style because learning is a personal and lifelong journey.
Well, here’s hoping that you found these 7 tips helpful for your next reading experience. You don’t have to force them all at once, but try working on it one at a time. Try, experience how it feels, learn from it and adapt it to what helps you most. Regardless of how you read and in what style, we hope you keep reading, learning and growing.
Do you have any cool tips to share? What do you do that really works for you when reading on e-readers?