I have a Sony Reader. This digital device was a thoughtful gift from my husband the Christmas before last. I tried and tried to use this thing, but everything about it felt wrong; it wasn’t tactile enough, not properly illuminated, I didn’t like pushing the little forward clicking arrow to turn the page, hated the fake pretending of turning the page even more…in short…it wasn’t working for me.
Kevin had thought, quite correctly, that it would be a great travel accessory. No more lugging around a million books as I do. I could have an entire library on this thing. Except, I pretty much hated it. It has been gathering dust on a back shelf ever since.
And then this weekend, at my request, he loaded his extra digital copy of Solar by Ian MacEwen on this digital device. Don’t ask me why I thought it was time. I think it was me doing a Mennonite-cheap thing. We need to read Solar for our upcoming book club and he already had purchased a digital copy for his iPhone and I guess I just thought it was prudent and frugal and all those boring words that are applicable here. Or could we say I was being environmentally considerate? Doesn’t that sound better? Yes, let’s say that.
Well, as you know, God works in mysterious ways…because…I quite loved it.
Go figure. The text was just the right width for the reading glasses I use. I could read without feeling like my head was turning all the time like a bad Linda-Blair-in-the-Excorcist-scene. That factor alone was a huge bonus, and somehow that book just whipped along. I read for hours on Sunday without feeling like my eyes were strained and tired like they usually get with my regular books.
I’m not sure if it read so fast because of the writing or the way the ebook is formatted and I’m also not sure if I really liked how fast it all went. But I’m sure I could try reading slower…
Those small considerations aside, the Sony Reader is now polished up and placed with pride in its new priority spot on the nightstand. I’m wondering what I should download next.
And you know what? It will be really great for travel.