3 Tricks To Best Use Your Tablet as an eReader

Have a new iPad, Kindle Fire tablet, or Android from the holidays? Are you planning to use your tablet as an eReader?

It's important to understand that these devices - unlike traditional eReaders - offer easy access to other "distractions" just one easy click to the internet away.

If you feel like you’ve been gifted a great and powerful technological burden, remember the wisdom of Gandalf:  "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.”

Image from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me, I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times…”

Yes, you have the potential to access thousands of amazing titles in the library’s eBooks and downloadables collection.

But what’s stopping us from just checking our social media, news or inbox just one more time?

For me, this can be a nagging distraction that interrupts my reading sessions.

Here are some ways to minimize those distractions and make the most of your eReading experience:

1. Turn On Airplane mode

The internet's wailing call can be quelled, for me at least, by switching the internet off on my tablet. Airplane mode creates a reading safe-zone (and bonus, saves battery life.)

2. Reduce blue light

Image of a Nazgul from wiki

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Blue light has been shown to make it harder to sleep and yet many don’t realize that our screens are constantly blasting us with it. If you have a newer Fire tablet or iPad, you can enable Blue Shade (called Night Shift on Apple iOS) in the settings. If your tablet is an Android, just go to Settings and under Display > Blue Light Filter. 

3. Save money with the library

Finally, save your money on eBooks until after you’ve checked the library catalog. The Library Extension for Google Chrome will help you see if your library owns something before your 1-Click, impulse buy. Hey, I'm not judging.

Have fun in whatever fictional world your eBooks may take you! I’ll be in Hogwarts before returning to Middle Earth.

Harry Pottere and the cursed Child book jacket

Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two

"The official script of the original West End production. As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear."

The Magicians book jacket

The Magicians

"As a senior in high school Quentin Coldwater became preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. After graduating from college and being admitted into a highly exclusive, secret society of magic in upstate New York, he makes a stunning discovery: Fillory is real."

The Silmarillion book jacket

The Silmarillion

"A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT.Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing."

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More into what’s trending now? You can get dozens of magazines for free on your tablet with Flipster, PressReader or the RBDigital app (iOS, Android and Kindle).

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