Although reading eBooks on a desktop computer can be convenient during downtime at work, a portable eReader is much better when you’re sitting on a couch at home. It’s a lot easier to hold a tablet or an eReader than a 700-page George R. R. Marin hardcover, and your hands won’t go numb.
However, when commuting via mass transit or waiting in line for a double chocolate chip crème Frappuccino, it’s best to use a cell phone for reading. Android reading apps like Nook are a great way to kill time and feel productive while you’re on the go.
Easy To Fold
Android reading apps are not just for reading books. You can read a newspaper or a magazine with them. Yes, newspapers still exist, but you don’t have to struggle to fold the pages neatly on the subway or wash the ink off your hands with the electronic version. With Android reading apps such as the free one from Nook, you can subscribe to a magazine or newspaper; no more paperboys, and zooming in on articles only requires a couple of finger taps.
In low light situations or if it’s the end of the day, and your eyes are tired, you can increase the font size of the text of what you’re reading or increase the brightness of your cell phone screen while still in the app. Try that with a hardback.
Look It Up
Every now and then, you’re bound to come across a word you don’t recognize. It can be quite a conundrum, but with a reading app you can just press you finger on the questionable word to highlight it and the app will find the definition for you.
In fact, just being able to highlight text is another great feature on a reading app. No, don’t use a real highlighter to mark text on the cell phone screen. Press a finger on the passages you want to remember and the app will highlight it. With Nook you can choose the color of the highlighting and even share highlighted text through email, Bluetooth or social media. If you’re doing research, the Nook app can search for instances of a specific word or phrase in the eBook. (Incidentally, this also will work if you want to find all of Arya Stark’s battle scenes in “A Clash of Kings” if your so-called research is a little more recreational.)
Reading Makes You Happier
There are studies that show reading is good for mental health and relationships, according to a recent article in The New Yorker. When was the last time you felt smarter after playing a game on your cell phone? Sure, reading takes a little work, that’s part of what makes it good for you—but not in a broccoli kind of way.
Reading apps use very little battery power compared with games, and you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to read. The Nook app, for example, downloads the book you want to read and stores it on your cell phone so that you can read the book while in airplane mode or underground on the subway. The app itself can even can be moved to an SD card instead of taking up storage space.
When you connect the Nook reading app to the Internet, it will sync the last page read with the Nook Cloud, which in turn will sync it with your other connected devices. Because all your reading habits are collected in the cloud, the app creates lists of books you might want in the connected shop. With the extensive Barnes and Noble collection, finding your next book is easy.
Libraries Are Great for Meetings
Trying to download an eBook from your local library can be an exercise in frustration. Assuming you can figure out a file format that will work on your computer, what you’ll end up with will be about as readable as a PDF. If you really want free books, there are more than 1 million available through the Nook reading app.
One would assume Millennials generally don’t have hours to spend browsing through a library or brick and mortar bookstore. However, there are exceptions to this theory. Some university students prefer print books for studying certain subjects, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. For subjects such as math and science, eBooks win out with students because it is easier and faster to find more information by linking from an eBook to an Internet source.
To be fair to print books, eBook sales have leveled out in the past couple of years. Although that may be because people can’t focus on reading a book while they are tempted to look at their email account or check Twitter, according to Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc.
Although it might be romantic to lug around dusty, old print books in the library, it certainly is more practical to use a reading app on your cell phone while standing up on a crowded commuter bus.