Last week I wrote about speed-reading business books, which is still much easier for me to do with a physical copy of the book. Any book I really love I buy a physical copy of, and there are still plenty of places where a physical book makes the most sense (the beach!), but most of the time I prefer reading on my trusty old Kindle.
A few weeks ago I bought a book from my phone and had it delivered to my Kindle. When I first went to read the book, I didn’t have my Kindle handy so I started reading on my phone within the previously rarely-used Kindle app. You know what? The Kindle app is surprisingly good. I liked it so much that I kept reading on my phone…and finished the book without ever turning on my Kindle.
If you use an app like Twilight on Android or the new Night Shift on iOS to limit blue light exposure at night, it limits the negative aspects of using a back-lit screen when you read at night. Battery life is much better on phones than it was a few years ago. Screens are much better. It almost makes you wonder if a Kindle is really even necessary to buy and read Kindle books!
The phone has the same advantage that the phone always has over other dedicated-but-better-overall alternatives: it’s the device that’s always there. I don’t always have my Kindle or a book handy, but I almost always have my phone within reach. I noticed that in those moments where I have 1 or 2 or 5 or 10 minutes to kill, I’d open right up to the Kindle app instead of needlessly scrolling through news I mostly already knew. Subsequently, I finished the book much faster. I think that’s a net-positive for me. I’d rather finish a few good books and read a few less repetitive sports blogs.
The next Kindle book I get I’m going to experiment with doing the same thing. I’m curious if the pattern will continue. The new Kindle devices are always tempting but if I decide I don’t need one I may be glad that I’ve resisted.