Reading – for education – entertainment – inspiration – everyone enjoys a good book – but we now have choices when it comes to how we read – on your smartphone – your ipad – your laptop – your Kindle – or even just an old fashioned book.
People are often polarized by the choices now between “real” books and e-books – for years after my wife started reading e-books I was very much against them – my arguments – “its the touch feel and smell of a real book that is part of the pleasure – you dont need to charge a paperback – the battery will never run out – a real book just looks better” – all valid arguments but I have embraced e-books.
A patient was speaking to me of how they got an elderly relative to enjoy reading again by getting a Kindle (other E-readers are of course available) and increasing the font size so that books and newspapers could be read comfortably.
I bought a Kindle for the practice as I knew this could be a useful tool for those with visual problems. I realized very quickly that all my arguments against e-books were countermanded by all the positives – you can carry hundreds of books (great especially with luggage costs on airlines) you can download and start reading the book straight away the books are less expensive – you can alter the print size to suit – nobody will know what you are reading – so no judgment on your literature choices. So I embraced the technology and bought my own Kindle and I love it.
Books or e-books ? really it doesnt matter – whats important is that we read.
Interestingly the sales figures for e-books and print books seems to be balancing out, the initial surge in e-book sales and the accompanying decline in print books is slowing down.
When you are reading no matter what format – make sure you take regular breaks – ensure good lighting – and if you are having any signs of eyestrain or being out of focus – book in for an appointment and we can make sure that you can read comfortably and enjoy the magic of a book.
“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman