Cassy’s Corner—How do you read?
We’ve had a huge transition in our family. We are moving more and more to electronic readers. I confess to having a Kindle, and now (thanks to my husband’s Christmas present) an iPad. Don’t hate me. The funny part of it all is that my husband is technologically challenged at a level that defies explanation- I love him beyond belief, but to give iPads at Christmas is like having a swimming party in the winter—not expected to happen. He is over the top in love with his iPad. It practically follows him like a puppy on a leash.
I have also become a believer. It combines many important functions all at the same time. BUT, it also means that you have one more object in your life and are a slave to your 1) telephone, 2) computer—who can give that up??, 3) your e-reader, and 4) whatever other device you have plugged into your life. In fairness though, the iPad does mix enough of those tasks into one format that maybe you only need to cart around your phone and the pad. The computer can stay on your desk waiting for your return.
But reading is the point. My Kindle is great but doesn't quite do it for me. I download books like crazy to my iPad and find myself reaching for it when it's time to take a break. I love a "real" book. I love the feel, the aroma, the turning-of-the-page. But, I also love having a gazillion books right in my hand, having the chance to check the weather in where ever my husband happens to be, and of course, email. I'm becoming a junky.
This sounds like a commercial sponsored by Apple. Not so. I am a confessed heavy Apple user, but still I’m not trying to push their products. Rather, I’m interested in hearing how all of you work the equipment so readily available and now so necessary to stay on top of our lives. And, HOW YOU READ.
We’ve talked before about the social networking challenges. We discussed how important it is to have a presence on Twitter, FB, LinkedIn and so on. This blog is an example of something we three of M&M both wanted to do and felt was important to do. But the question I’m asking today is, what are the machines you need in your life to keep on top of all you do? Feel free to add household machines if that’s what comes to mind. I have a robot that vacuums- yup, it’s true. Doesn’t do a great job but the dogs love it.
But most importantly, again, what gets you reading and what do you think about how the words make it into your living room?