- Highlighting. I donâ€™t borrow books from people because I highlight and mark them aggressively. Because of my job, Iâ€™m regularly going back through books Iâ€™ve read for illustrations and quotes. Amazon has a dedicated page for all of your digital quotes that are organized automatically for you (see: Kindle Highlights). If I vaguely remember something from a book but canâ€™t remember where it is, I just type a search word for it, and Iâ€™ve found it in no time. Also, I’ve recently discovered another website that is a complete game-changer. It takes all of your digital quotes and randomly emails a number of them to you each day. This exponentially helps with retention and often brings up your favorite ideas from years ago precisely in the moments when you now need them (see: Readwise).
- Dictionary. Iâ€™m often reading books to challenge myself. This almost always means they use big words I donâ€™t understand. I can count on one hand the times Iâ€™ve pulled out a dictionary or went to my computer to figure out what a word meant that I just read. With an eReader, all I do is hold my figure over a word and I can instantly see the definition of it without interrupting my reading flow. This has been incredibly valuable.
- The one-minute phenomenon. This one has to be experienced personally to understand it. Even with prime shipping, I have to wait a few days to start reading whatever I was excited about days ago. Now, I find a book Iâ€™m excited to read and precisely one minute later Iâ€™m into chapter one. It makes a person giddy (at least it does for me).
- Traveling. It always turned into a planning game whenever I was leaving town. Iâ€™d have to analyze how much time I thought Iâ€™d have for reading and then take the right amount of books. Of course, you donâ€™t want to pack too many books as they take up space and can quickly add weight to your bag. One vacation I had to buy at least two other books because I guessed wrong. Now, I take one very light device and can guarantee Iâ€™ll have enough to read and with none of the weight or guesswork.
- Reading speed. This one is going to sound weird to analog readers, but reading a digital copy somehow makes you read faster. Iâ€™m not sure why this is, but I have personally noticed it and have heard from other Kindle owners that have found the same thing to be true. The Kindle screens are easy on your eyes in any light and you can quickly get into a reading groove.
- Free books.Â Iâ€™m a lover of old, classic literature. With an eReader, you can get a ton of these books for absolutely free. (Some of the free ones Iâ€™ve downloaded are Divine Comedy, The Scarlet Letter, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare).
- Go green.Â Maybe it’s because I live all around trees in Portland now, but I like not having for trees to be used for my books. I still have to use energy to power my Kindle, but it seems less demanding. Especially if I solar powered my Kindle…
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