How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience?
July 29, 2012 10:10 AM Subscribe
How did you go from not liking reading books on your iPad to enjoying the experience? And how do you negotiate the morass that is the self-published ebook section of Amazon?
posted by lesbiassparrow to media & arts (32 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Reading discussions on Metafilter of how much enjoyment people have gotten out of their ereaders and how much more they read now because of these devices prompted this question. I have an iPad and I've bought (or downloaded for free) many books for it. However, I have actually managed to finish reading very few books on it. Right at the moment I have a book I really, really want to finish sitting on my iPad, but I seem to be incapable of flipping through more than a few pages at a time. I know in this case it's not the book: I just don't like reading on the device and I will find almost any excuse to do something else. I check email. Or look something up online. Or wander off and pick up a physical book. Or start cleaning the flat. This is particularly the case with anything that might be described as serious fiction (I've had more luck with lighter material). So, for those of you who had a similar initial experience, how did you overcome this? (I have several reading apps on the device including the Kindle app, but it doesn't make much of a difference). Am I really going to have to buy a dedicated ereader to get the most out of the experience?
Secondly, I've found it hard to find good self-published stuff. I'd like to read more of this, just to get a sense for what's out there, but I've not been successful in my browsing and choices on Amazon as the sheer amount is overwhelming and I find myself either unable to make a decent choice or buying something I really regret. (I've personally found the reviews for self published genre fiction on Amazon extremely unreliable.) Is there a place where I can find reliable reviews of self-published westerns/mysteries/thrillers? Or fantasy novels that don't serve up badly written porn in the middle? Are there good sites outside Amazon that will list books that people have read that don't have horrific typos of the sort that make you want to gouge your eyes out? (Sorry if these requirements are too broad, but I'm hoping to sample a variety of genres...I've tried Googling this stuff but all I get are books telling me how to sell a million copies of my self-published book, so clearly I am Doing It Wrong.)