The Concept of a Digital Toolbox – Part 11
How You Can Read More Books With The Time You Have?
Has finding time to read become more of a challenge? Have you ever said you wanted to read more, but couldn’t find the time to get it in?
The Thought or Concept:
I struggled with finding time to read and the strategy that made the biggest difference was changing how I read.
Reading has changed because times have changed, so how have you adapted? How have you adjusted your plan for reading? Plan you say? Yes, what’s your plan to get your reading in. That is if it’s important enough to you. Anything important needs a plan otherwise you plan to fail at it. Reading is no different. While finding time to read may be tough what’s tougher is being in a place to read and not having the book you’re reading with you, when you have the time.
Since that can be a bit of a challenge, I have two solutions that might offer some help: 1) digital copies of physical books and 2) audio copies of physical books.
Getting over the preference of having the physical book with you.
Notice I didn’t say getting over having the physical copy at all. Let me start with sharing why I use digital versions of books. If I had to sit and read the number of books I consume it would take me forever. I don’t have the time to sit and read as much as I desire to read. Digital books offer flexibility, ease of sharing, advanced highlighting, and searching which makes life easier. Digital books allow you to transport more books than you’re able to read, unlike having the physical copies with you. I have three “wins” I’d like to share regarding the digital reading tools we use in the Clark household.
- Early eBook adoption. We adopted eBooks, digital reading, early when eBook readers were popular. My wife, Pamela, had to have a Nook offered by Barnes & Nobles. Fortunately, the Nook became an app available on our smart-devices. We can still use and read our Barnes & Noble purchased eBooks today because of the Nook app.
- The Best Digital Solution for Us. After researching eBook apps and book prices, we returned to the original online book distributor, Amazon. However, this time we didn’t want a new eBook device, but an app that worked on every device and had the best pricing possible for eBooks. This search led us to the Kindle app.
- Convenience, Gifting, and Ease of Use. Because we’ve decided to use Apple products from iPhones to iPads to MACs, we’ve also used Books or Apple Books on IOs. If you have Apple devices then you will love Books. Apple’s eBook reader makes life simple and it fits seamlessly into your digital world.
The Process Of Consuming More Books
I am not suggesting that you use a number of eBooks reading apps, but I am suggesting you give it a try, make a plan and find what works best in your digital world. Now I’d like to share the audio eBook solution. This solution allows you to make the best use of time when you’re on the go like running or commuting.
- It’s called book consumption. When I listen to my books via Amazon’s Audible app, I hate to say I read the book, so I say I consume the book. Someone else does the reading and I do the listening. There are very few days that go by that I’m not consuming book material. In fact I consume more book content than I do music and television.
- Support what you love. We are people of faith, so we try to find and support tools that support what we love. Christianaudio is such a tool that allows me to consume audio books specifically those that are Christian-based.
There are tools out there that you can benefit from, you just need to find them. But you’ll never know what you’re looking for without a plan in mind.
Today is Friday!
Don’t get too caught up in the version of the books, but more importantly accomplishing your plan for reading more. There are times when I’ve purchased all versions of a book I really enjoyed. For example, the best relationship book I’ve ever read, Love & Respect, I have a physical copy, a digital copy, and an Audible copy. I do this so that I accomplish the goal I have set and that’s to read, learn, grow, and become a better reader. What’s your reading plan and does it include a digital reading plan?