Books, Digital

The upside of reading books on a smartphone

I opened my Twitter feed this morning to find this headline from Quartz:

It’s time to get over yourself and start reading books on your iPhone

Seeing as I can’t imagine life without my iPhone – and given I’m even more attached to printed books – I was intrigued.

The post makes some good points, particularly about the convenience of always having a book on hand and the joys of digging deeper into the subject with an easy tap over to Google, but the best argument for adding some smartphone reading time to one’s routine might be personal gratification. The author of the post writes, “I feel less icky about my overall phone usage if at least some of that time is going to books.”

When the alternative is checking social media 17 times a day, using a smartphone to start in on a new novel does feel pretty great.

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