I love books. I love reading. I love reading books. I can still remember being incredible upset when, in third grade, I had chicken pox during the ‘Read-A-Thon’. Not sure if schools do anything like this these days but from what my old brain can remember, your were challenged and sponsored to read as many books as you could during a specified time frame. Not being able to participate was devastating!
So my love for reading and books has not waned over the years. I love the smell, feel and touch of books. I love books so much I always have to have at least three more new books available to read so I am never ‘out of books’ to read. A day spent in Chapters is simply heavenly.
Even though I have owned an iPad since January 2012, I had yet to read a book via iBooks or Kobo. My children have. In fact, my daughter only reads her books on her iPad but I had yet to take the challenge. Each time I visited Chapters I would tell myself, “Okay, after you read these books, then I will try reading from the iPad’. I pushed it off as long as possible. Last week, after finishing Gargoyle I realized I was finally out of new books to read. Thus, I decided it was time to break out the box and buy a book via iBooks. I choose The Imposter Bride, after having watched the Scotiabank Giller Prize awards live on October 30th. See, that’s how much I love books! I even watched the boring awards ceremony! On a side note, as I was writing down (yes, using paper and pen) and not one of the many note apps installed on my iPhone, within seconds of the awards ceremony ending, Kobo sent an email listing the nominees and the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Note to self for next year: wait for email and save paper 🙂
So I purchased a book and began to read from the iPad.
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And the verdict.
I don’t like reading from the iPad.
Not because it is difficult to read. Not because of the ‘getting used to it’ parts. It’s simply because for me, there are far too many distractions on the iPad. I can, in the middle of a paragraph, suddenly remember something I had been meaning to google. So I did. I would get an email and instead of ignoring the email, I would leave the page and respond. I would think of something I wanted to make and visit Pinterest. So you see, I wasn’t getting much reading done. Between hopping around all the other entertainment avenues on the iPad, I was probably only reading about three pages of the actual book before calling it a night.
So, I tried. It’s not for me. I liked being able to leave the digital/web world downstairs at the end of the day and re-visit that world in the morning. I will finish reading the book on the go but am sooooo looking forward to a visit to Chapters.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!