How Do You Take Your Reading?
Hurricane Irene is here. Although (as I'm typing this) I'm not in imminent danger, all of the streams are going to be blown out at least until midweek, not to mention what kind of havoc the high winds might have caused, so likely not a ton of fishing in store for me...at least until next weekend. Holed up in the house, will have some time on my hands, which gets me thinking about reading.
As a blogger, I love to read other people's blogs. I take at least a partial spin through my blogroll daily; there are so many talented writers and photographers out there, it's something I find really enjoyable.
There are also a ton of online magazines such as 'Catch Magazine,' 'Ten and Two,' 'Kype Magazine,' and 'This Is Fly' that are very good reads. That noted, it doesn't mean I don't like to do traditional reading in primarily magazine or book form as well.
|The latest from This Is Fly|
Problem was, I was getting so many magazines either by my own doing or via gift subscriptions, they were really piling up. Reading them all wasn't necessarily the issue, but I just sort of wanted a streamlined way to keep them...not only close by...but for posterity. All that paper takes up space! Not to mention the inconvenience of juggling multiple books and magazines when traveling.
So I've started the migration to digital. I've got the Kindle app for both my Android phone and tablet and have downloaded Gierach's 'No Shortage of Good Days' and 'The Windknot' by John Galligan to start my "library." On top of that, with my Field & Stream subscription running out this month, I've transitioned that to digital as well, which is accessible on the tablet, PC, phone, you name it, via an account with Zinio.
|Field & Stream, on the Motorola Xoom|
While I'm getting the hang of this, I have to say I like it so far. Using the Android tablet vs. say an actual Kindle is nice because it's in color so you can still get the full impact of photography in magazines. I wouldn't imagine a book being much of a difference since it is primarily text. Unfortunately, many fly fishing magazines I enjoy aren't available digitally yet, so I can't quite get to paperless Nirvana yet.
|No such thing as signed copies of digital books...The Stream of Time by Len Harris (shown above)|
So what are your thoughts? Do you do the digital book/magazine thing? Are you thinking about it but still on the fence? Have you tried it and not liked it or do you think it's awesome?
Would love to hear your opinions. With everything going more and more digital by the day perhaps the simple touch and feel of a book is what keeps one "traditional."