Reading has undergone many changes in recent years. While some people cling to their newspapers and bound books, others have made the leap to digital copies and e-readers. And still, a new star has entered the reading arena — smartphones. While most people scan the internet, read articles and check the news on their phones, it’s not as common to read entire books on the device. But that won’t always be the case. Here are some reasons why you should consider downloading the next book you read to your cell phone.
When you’re leaving your house for the day, what do you make sure you have with you? It’s likely your phone, keys and wallet. Carrying around a book or an e-reader is simply not as convenient as bringing along the tool you always have with you. Having books and stories on your smartphone will actually give you greater opportunity to read more. Even if you only have a couple of minutes to spare, you can easily pull out your phone and get a little further in the novel you’re reading.
For many, a smartphone is like an extension of oneself. You most likely have a good idea of how to use it to the best of its capabilities. Navigation and downloading are intuitive because you already use these functions for other apps. With a few simple taps, you can pick up where you left off in a book, navigate to a table of contents and more. Plus, you can combine your mobile reading with other tasks you already do on your phone, such as checking Twitter. A quick search for “#ebook” will fill your feed with a ton of recommendations and quick links to download.
Costs Are Low
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to spend a lot money in order to read books on your phone. Many apps are free to download and offer in-app book purchases. In many cases, they are cheaper than physical copies, and depending on the apps you download, there may even be some free ones available. Or better yet, your local library likely offers e-books to check out for free, which can be accessed through apps like OverDrive. Download the Kindle or Nook apps to make use of your e-reader on your smart devices. Try some websites that are made for mobile readers, such as Wattpad, which has plenty of free stories to peruse. Plus, with most apps, you can download the book and read it even when you’re offline.
The Text Size Can Be Adjusted
Reading a book on a larger phone with a clear display is the way to go. When searching for a new phone, compare screen sizes and quality of pixel displays. Some larger models, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, are more than big enough to read off of. And remember that you don’t have to keep the text on the default setting. Zoom in on different apps to read at the normal size as you would in a book, or even make it larger if you need to. If you are still worried about eye strain, look into apps that automatically adjust the color temperatures on your phone, such as f.lux. Or, simply lower the brightness of your phone at night to reduce eye stress.
You don’t have to throw away your Kindle just yet, but you may want to consider the perks of downloading books on your phone. Since you always have it with you, it will likely encourage you to read more often, and may even save you some money.