Thoughts on the iPad as an Ereader

For all my iPad puttering, I had yet to read a whole book on it. So when a coveted YA title from net galley tantalizingly appeared in my inbox, I though I would give it a try.

Now, the reason I haven’t tried it  is not because I am against Ereaders. I just spend my days with thousands of print books I haven’t read yet. Oh, and I also like to read in the bath.


But I finally pushed my print pile of to-reads aside and read an ARC from Netgalley (it took me so long to get to it, it is no longer an advanced reading copy- it is out in stores). Netgalley works only on Bluefire Reader on the iPad so I used that app instead of ibooks.

So. Did I enjoy it?

To be honest, reading was never about the physical page for me. Once a story grips me, it could be written on a napkin with ketchup ink and I wouldn’t notice. Once I got the hang of how the pages turn and how to lock the screen orientation (it was really annoying how it kept switching from portrait to landscape whenever I switched positions) it was fine:

I liked how you could take notes with it- I review a lot of books and will review this one, and never take notes because I am not organized enough to keep a pen and paper handy whenever I flip open a book:

The big issue for me personally though, is the amount of screen time I already log in a day. I spend at least seven hours a day, five days a week in front of the computer. The last thing I want to do when I am relaxing is stare at another screen. I also found the iPad a little awkward to take to bed with me (not in a dirty way, sheesh) and that is about the only time I get to read these days – five minutes before I fall asleep, iPad dangling precariously over the side of my bed.

Still, I like the option. And I think there are many perks in terms of reading for class. Taking notes, not being able to forget your book because it is in the same place as your, well everything- these are very useful things.

What is your opinion? Do you like reading on the iPad?

1 thought on “Thoughts on the iPad as an Ereader

  1. Pingback: iPad Summer Challenge #1: Read a Book on your iPad! | ipadyoupad

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