Friday, November 27, 2009

Reading While Knitting...

When time to oneself is limited (very, very limited!) it is wise to take the best advantage of it possible. In my case, I like to use this time to knit, and if possible (when not doing anything very complicated, just plain stockinette or garter for example) read something relaxing. I prefer light mysteries featuring Hercule Poirot or Ms. Marple, but sometimes the latest fluff can be equally entertaining. The tricky bit for me is to position my book in such a way that it will stay open, and not fall off the arm of the couch as I sit. Large thwacking dog tails and meddlesome toddlers add to the trickiness. I have found a couple of options that look like they would take care of this problem.


There is a product put out by bookmatesplus that seems quite ingenious. There are a few different versions, I am most interested in the bookmate plus stand option b/c it would hold the text at a comfortable angle, rather than flat on the couch or slightly propped on a folded blanket, etc. Much more comfortable for eyes and neck.  The additional benefit of this option is that it can be sued with any books I already own (quite a handful...) and does not necessitate purchasing new downloads, etc... Certainly the budget option. (Unless you can get someone to read aloud to you, which of course is my first choice, and free other than perhaps owing them dinner or a pair of socks eventually...)


The next choice I found is a Kindle which I have not paid particular attention to up till now b/c I was so turned off by the idea of a) no more paper books (what can I say, I actually like them...) and b) having to deal with technology and c) having to purchase books that I already own for electronic versions. (Also expense is a factor, and I actually assumed they were much pricier than they turn out to be based on my second hand knowledge of just the larger version.) So, I decided to look into the details of this particular version and found that e-books are not necessarily much more than my usual purchase of a used copy from half.com  which somewhat eases my mind about future investment, and many, many people (considerably more anti fiddly gadgets than myself) have enjoyed their Kindles so far. I like the prospect of being able to carry vast numbers of books around with me at once, (with no shoulder strain?! these crazy modern times...) and the built in dictionary and online access is a huge bonus as well. The Kindle can also hold/display pdf's of any knitting patterns I would want to view with it, very nifty. I wish there was a way to check one out in a bricks and mortar shop since I still have some reservations about eye strain from gazing at another electronic screen for hours on end, but I am considering this as an option. The "read aloud" mode is very, very tempting as well, though again, I wonder how grating the electronic voice would be. Must try to find one to play with...

1 comment:

spinningjezebel said...

i'm a fan of the kindle, but the only negative thing i can say is that sometimes the screen seems a little dark if you're in poor lighting. but after a few months of reading from it obsessively, my vision seems no worse than before! plus, v. convenient to have knitting patterns so easily on hand!
(btw, it's Bev)