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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Adapting is good for the soul.
My wife, Deb, reads book after book on her Kindle and the Kindle Fire I gave her. I myself subscribe to many online magazines that I have not downloaded , to the point where issues going back several months remain unread.
One of my excuses for this neglect was my preference for the “feel” of paper in my hands. Another was my perceived need for context that holding a magazine or newspaper provided. I became lost trying to read the same publications on a small screen zoomed to where I could comfortably see the printed words.
My neglected iPad had all those magazines awaiting my attention, and I resolved to get past excuses and act. I downloaded yet another iTunes update, charged and synced my iPad, and downloaded the latest of my myriad electronic publications .
For the first time in many Sundays, Deb did not need to ask what part of the newspaper I wanted to read because I had my iPad and was looking through The Roanoke eTimes. I marveled how I could read a story and tap on “See FUNDS, 12” and land on the continued story page without the sound of newsprint crinkling. As for my context excuse, I could isolate the individual eTimes stories with a finger tap and read only that item.
The payoff was the comics pages, where the panels were not only large enough to read , but the resolution was much better than the printed page.
The most pronounced change in reading on a tablet was the togetherness it afforded with my wife.
Instead of cloistering myself with our throne room’s outdated print magazine collection, I could join Deb with my neglected electronic publications as she happily read a book on her Kindle.
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