As Thomas Jefferson said, “I cannot live without books.”
After attending the Baltimore Country Public Library Books & Conversation & Coffee, I thought about the technology I use to read books. I still like to have a book in my hand, but it sure makes it easy to carry an reader when traveling. I use the following apps on my iPad and Kindle.
- Overdrive — App for iPad that allows me to download books from the library and read them on the Kindle Paperwhite. Overdrive also has audio books and videos for downloads. There is a Android and Windows 8 phone app too.
- 3M Cloud Library — App for iPad that allows me to download books to my iPad. There are apps for other brands of mobile devices.
- Zinio — App to read magazines from the library. This is another multi-platform app.
I thoroughly enjoy reading. I read a lot. I like to have 2 or 3 books going at a time. The Paperwhite was a Christmas gift. Ok, I bought it for myself, but it was my Christmas present from Dan. I bought a cover which works to perfection. The Omoton Kindle cover is very lightweight with a cover that has a sleep and wake feature.
Why would I buy a Kindle since I already have an iPad and iPad mini, you are probably asking. It is lighter, smaller, glare free, and distraction free. When I read on the iPad, I find myself, leaving the book and heading to email, a game, checking the headlines, and messing around. I had a good workout with the Paperwhite when we went on a week long cruise before Christmas. I downloaded four books from BCPL using the Overdrive app. I read three of them on the trip.
Dan discovered it also and started reading on it. I was reduced to using my iPad mini to finish a book on the 3M Cloud Library app. I got so used to looking up words using the dictionary feature, I find myself tapping the page of a “real” book to look up a word. I also like the feature that indicates how many people highlight a sentence or paragraph in a book.
The BCPL holds a Books & Conversation & Coffee once a month. A librarian or two comes to Charlestown Square lobby to meet with book lovers as we share what we are reading. The following month the librarian brings a printed list of the books we read. I am scanning the list into Evernote so I can reference them later. Here is a list of the books I read since the last meeting in December.
- Inferno by Dan Brown
12-15-2014 Overdrive on Paperwhite
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
All the Light I Can Not See by Anthony Doerr12-19-2014 3M Cloud
Jane Austen Girl: A Second Chance Novel by Inglath Cooper12-26-2014 Kindle Bookbub August 2014
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande1-1-2015 0verdrive KindleNeed for checklists in medicine saves lives and reduces complications.
Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon1-7-2015 0verdrive KindleFather Tim goes home to Holly Springs after 38 years.
Now reading library copy now on Paperwhite
- Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel by Jan Karon
Now reading using BCPL Overdrive on Paperwhite
I didn’t pay a penny for those eight books. I love libraries. Bookbub sends a daily email listing books that are free or at a reduced price for a limited time.