I came to an important realization the other day, which I thought I would pass along.
Anyone with the Myers-Briggs personality type INFP should probably cover their ears and go “la-la-la” at this point, because you’re not going to like what I have to say.
The truth is, I don’t care for books that much.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I do like them in theory.
I like the way they look on the shelf, with all the pretty colors, and the way they smell when they’re new. I like reading in general, and all the useful information books contain.
But when I actually try to read an old-fashioned foldy book, I find that I just don’t get very far with it, and I suspect this is more a physical problem than anything.
I find it to be a bit of a struggle to prop the book up somewhere where I can read it and still be playing with my crystals or cards or whatever else I happen to be doing, multitasker that I am.
Holding the book open while I do those things can also be an issue, although I do have a number of FlipKlips, which are quite a useful item for that purpose:
But it still manages to give me minor fits.
I had something of a Eureka moment the other day, though, when I realized that I really could be using my iPad and iPhone more to read books with the Kindle app, and all of the problems I mentioned above would instantly be solved.
I really am a fairly technological sort of girl, and I love any type of multifunctional gadget dealie that allows me to do a number of different things in a small package, so you can imagine how much I adore my iPad and iPhone for that reason.
I find that I really like having all my books in one neat flat, backlit device that’s always with me, and the books transfer between the iPad and the iPhone without even losing my place (in theory, anyway – mine don’t seem to be speaking to each other this week, but it could be a personality issue).
I can highlight passages in different colors without damaging the book, and they’re totally removable. I can even select quotes and paste them into other applications instead of having to retype them. And turning the page is as easy as tapping the screen.
As a bonus, I can do all of that with smudgy fingers, since I like to read while I eat! It’s often the only time I have available to do so.
Besides, when I ordered Kindle books online they arrive instantly, and I can start reading right away. I can read in smaller increments, when I get a spare moment in between doing one of the other 5 million things I try to get to on a daily basis.
Once I made this realization, I even ordered the Kindle version of the book I was currently in the middle of re-reading: Opening to Channel by Duane Packer and Sanaya Roman.
I know I’ll have an easier time getting through the rest of it, and I may want to share passages with my blog readers or friends on Facebook at some point anyway.
I realize that this method would not work for everyone, and I guess that’s sort of the point.
I believe it’s important to know your own tendencies and predilections, and to design a solution that fits who you are, without apology or comparison to anyone else.
That’s the best way to make progress at anything-not by doing it the way others do, or the way anyone tells you it “should” be done, but do things in the way that is most natural to you and suits you best.
Don’t do it by the book, in other words, unless that’s really what you want!
So which do you prefer – foldy-books, Kindle, or a combination of both? Do tell.
I’d love to hear from you!