It’s not exactly *new* I’ve had it for about a month and a half now, but I selfishly haven’t showed it to all of you yet.
I won this beautiful toy at my company holiday party from a raffle. Color me SHOCKED when they called my name. I was so excited!
Prior to winning the iPad, my mom had been planning on buying me a Nook Color for Christmas. However, my iPad has proven to be the only e-reader I’ll ever need. I love it so much because I’m basically able to take advantage of free books for Kindle AND Nook because I’ve downloaded several different e-reader apps including Bluefire Reader (perfect for NetGalley books!) the Kindle app and the Nook app.
The books I’ve downloaded and reviewed for NetGalley
In addition to being my new, favorite toy, my iPad has also become my workout buddy. To provide a little background, I’ve been going to the gym 4-5 times a week since September. I don’t mind going to the gym, but while I would be there running on the elliptical for an hour, I kept thinking to myself, “What a waste of time! I could be reading, writing, blogging, (insert activity that’s way more fun than running here)” And as many of you know, I’m a big fan of multi-tasking. Doing one activity at a time is SO overrated.
So one day (pre-iPad) I brought my mom’s Nook to the gym with me and propped it up on the Elliptical. I made the font of the book a bit bigger so that I could easily read while running and before I knew it, an entire hour (and 100 pages) had passed!
From there, I became addicted to reading at the gym. I put on my headphones, prop up my iPad and get lost in a book, while sweating my butt off for a good 45 minutes and 4.5 miles. I’ve been losing weight AND I’ve been reading way more books because I consistently am reading one book at the gym and one book at home.
See here’s the thing….whatever book I’m reading on my iPad at the gym is considered my GYM book- as in, “You better get your butt to the gym if you want to find out what happens next in this book because you’re sure as heck not allowed to read this book anywhere else.” It’s been working pretty well!
My current gym read- WISHFUL THINKING by Alexandra Bullen
In addition to being able to read on here, it can obviously do all of the other cool things an iPad can do (although I haven’t really explored all its capabilities yet- I’m too busy reading). While I currently use this most often at the gym, I know it’s going to come in handy when I travel for work in March and for long car rides, train rides, etc.
I also love my iPad because it’s great for aspiring writers! There are so many fabulous writing apps and the iPad is basically a mini-computer, so it’s perfect for typing up scenes while you’re on the go. You can also take notes while reading and highlight passages you like (I believe you can do this on other e-readers, as well).
And for those of you who are skeptical about getting an e-reader, once you have one, I swear you’ll wonder why you waited so long! I love that new book smell as much as the next bookworm, but just because you get an e-reader doesn’t mean you need to neglect buying real books. If anything, an e-reader is perfect for taking advantage of those free book deals, sharing books with friends, taking books out from the library and using NetGalley, on top of buying books (which are usually cheaper in electronic form). Nothing will ever replace the feeling of holding a book in my hand, but I’ve definitely figured out a way to balance both loving my e-reader with still purchasing “real” books and adding them to my collection on my bookshelf.
Why do you love your e-reader? If you don’t have one, what’s holding you back from getting one?