Friday, August 12, 2011

Reading again!

When painful arthritis flared up in my thumbs I began to adjust my lifestyle.  I dropped most of my Facebook games.  I changed to a bigger mouse at my desktop.  Sometimes I wore a hand brace to drive any distance to keep my hand in good alignment and to keep me from gripping the wheel too hard - which I would pay for later.  And I stopped carrying my latest read with me.

I travel quite a bit for work, and used to carry four books - the current one, and three to move through as the trip progressed.  Often I could finish all four during the flights and waiting times.

But I found I could no longer hold a book open for long periods of time. 

What to do?

For me, the e-reader has opened up the reading world again.  I can care four or even more books with me.  If I finish all I have with me, I don't have to stop at a bookstore to get more.  I used my sister's Kindle first.  I really enjoy the compact size.  I found, though, that I have already adapted to a touch screen to the degree that I needed another option.  For me the iPad was the perfect blend of other functions and a reader.

I have come to realize that the ereader accommodates many other people, too, in providing reading selections without having to carry heavy books or hold them and turn the pages. 

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