Enjoying a Gift

Bennie Boekwurm
Bennie Boekwurm, a character from the Afrikaans TV show Wielie Walie. (Photo credit: http://www.roekeloos.co.za)

One word that people have used to describe me in the past is the word “reader”. As a child, I was called a bookworm (“Bennie bookwurm” in particular after a popular Afrikaans TV show character) as I often had my nose in a book. I was a voracious reader and would spent many hours alone in the world that had been created by a range of authors. Now, as an adult, the childhood habit of reading has not changed. A book is always with me, ready to be opened and read. Now, however, my opportunities to read are sandwiched in between the responsibilities I have towards my own family. I read while waiting for the children to finish their swimming lesson. I read while on the bus to work. I read while waiting at a dental or doctor’s office. I snatch time in between household chores; or during my lunch hour. Even now I still enjoy a good read, and an author to take me to new places.

For Mother’s Day, I received a perfect gift from my husband and girls: an iPad mini. My husband decided on this, as opposed to an eReader, so that I could access the internet when I am away from my computer in addition t reading. I have not done much surfing on the internet using my iPad, but I have experienced reading a book electronically. Once I had downloaded the necessary App and figured out how to borrow a book from my local library, I began reading and enjoying the thrill of the eBook.

English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de...
A Picture of an eBook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And what an experience it has been. A quick flick of the finger, and I am on the next page. Pages are easily bookmarked so when I open the App, I am on the page I was busy reading. In addition, my iPad is a lot lighter than a physical book – and takes up a lot less space in my purse or bag. In the time since I have received this gift, not only have I been absorbed by the story I am reading, but also by the experience of reading a book I have borrowed online. All of my browsing and choosing has been done in the comfort of my home sitting on the sofa.

Reading from the iPad does take a little getting used to. Shining lights do reflect on the screen at times requiring me to tilt the gadget a little. Often the pages switch landscape if I tilt the tablet a little too much, making me aware of the way in which I hold whatever it is I am reading. But I am enjoying the lightness, and the ease with which I can read in this format. Will I forgo the physical feel and scent of a real book? I do not think so. There are be certain books I will still want to be able to flip backwards and forwards while I am reading (I am thinking in particular of non-fiction books). However, I am easily converted to reading fiction on my electronic device.

Have you switched to reading books electronically?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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40 thoughts on “Enjoying a Gift

  1. A gift I would enjoy as well Colline as I do love reading and with some books the text is a bit too small for me to read … old age you know…hehehe. Congrats with the lovely gift hon and enjoy fully. *hugs*

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  2. I love my kindle!! Got it for my birthday nearly 3 years ago.
    I do not know if we have virtual libraries here but I have 1800 books on my kindle so I suppose I am my own library
    🙂

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  3. Not yet Colline, although I have been meaning to download some books on to my Ipad. Shall try it out when we travel this year. Thanks for sharing your experience. Had no idea there were online libraries!!

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  4. I have, and I am totally hooked! I love the fact that I can instantly download a new library book as soon as I finish one, (even if it’s Sunday or the middle of the night!) and I find it great for reading in bed as I don’t need to turn on the light.

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  5. It is great to have that versatility as opposed to a simple reader. I also wish they would come up with something to add the equivalent of flipping – I mean, one can do it on a PDF so it shouldn’t take much technology.
    Anyway, I am always delighted to hear that anyone has become a potential customer (however remotely) for my Kindle versions! 🙂

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      1. Amazon offer a free Kindle app for use with IPad. It is well worth getting it, because the free books on Kindle are amazing – I have just downloaded The Great Gatsby (but not from Amazon who want to charge).

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  6. Thanks for the positive review. I’ve been coveting a mini. For now my phone will have to do. FYI I bought an an anti reflective film for my phone and computer. It really helps. Look on amazon. Happy reading 😎

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  7. My mother bought me a reader for my birthday last November and I absolutely love it! No more lugging heavy books around – it’s made a huge difference to what I can read 😀

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  8. Oh, how cute to see Bennie Boekwurm. I loved Liewe Heksie too. Always read it to my classes. It is good to know how easy it is to borrow e books from the library. They have started e books here since the beginning of the year.

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  9. The gift you received is truly great, Colline! 🙂
    Last year I bought a Sony e-reader. I could also have chosen an iPad, but didn’t want to, for the distractions are too many with internet available. The e-reader offers me peace and quiet, and it also has the advantage of e-ink, which lets you read in bright sunlight.
    Since I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – so a big cell phone – I use the Kindle reader on that device too, because it allows me to read books by Amazon. And I like that.
    But paper books are my true love, I keep buying them – though less.

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  10. The gift you received is truly great, Colline! 🙂
    Last year I bought a Sony e-reader to take with me on our motor bike holidays, and when we travel by plane. I could also have chosen an iPad, but didn’t want to, for the distractions are too many with internet available. The e-reader offers me peace and quiet, and it also has the advantage of e-ink, which lets you read in bright sunlight.
    Since I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – so a big cell phone – I use the Kindle reader on that device too, because it allows me to read books by Amazon. And I like that.
    But paper books are my true love, I keep buying them – though less.

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    1. I will never fully forgo paper books – they have so many advantages: the crinkle of the paper, the ability to flip through the pages easily and quickly. So now I read using both mediums. And I am happy 🙂

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  11. Ana and I are in the process of exploring the ipad for book reading purposes as she has arthritis and it may be of an asset to her, we did find on the net where you can have books actually read to you, that was an interesting find. The ipad you mentioned mighyt be great for reading in bed as opposed to holding a large book.
    Thanks for some great ideas.
    Ian

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  12. I have a kindle and I love it. I have problems with tendinitis in my hands and I can’t hold a book to read it for very long, I don’t have that trouble with the kindle, and it is so much easier to read when lying down. I am a convert.

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