I wrote about e-reader versions of Harry Potter in December last year. Now I did that fully realising that a lot of hard-core book lovers don’t like e-books. But you know, it’s Harry Potter! That is why I felt comfortable taking the risk of upsetting bookworms everywhere by writing about the tricky subject. For one, I will always blog about everything that is Harry Potter and second, I’m fairly sure no one will blame me since everybody loves Harry Potter!
Even though I am a book purist, have three book cases full and think nothing beats holding an actual paper book to read, I also like e-books. I have an iPad mini which I bought mainly to be able to use iBooks and it stores a few thousand books. And that is exactly why I like it: it’s small, thin, holds thousands of books and fits in almost every purse (even in some coat pockets). It’s small, portable, doesn’t way a ton and can carry a lot of books. But, I do still prefer actual paper books. So basically what I do is read a lot on iBooks (including free ARCs I get sent and e-books I buy online) and if I really like or love the book, I will usually buy a paper version as well. And I sometimes also do it the other way around. For example, I own all Harry Potter books in Dutch and English (and some in French) in paperback, and I also have them on my e-reader for when I’m in the mood for some Hogwarts while I’m on the road.
I’ve never had a Kindle or any other kind of specific e-reader, but I have been hearing great things about ReMarkable, “a paper tablet for people who prefer paper.” It has a very soft display that mimics paper to an extreme which not only allows you to read as you would a paper book, but you can also write and take notes on it. They succeeded rather well with the paper feel of this e-reader and one major bonus for me is that you can rest your hand on the display while writing and it won’t bug. You can continue writing with the pen, even with your hand on the “paper”. For those of you who, like me, are always carrying around notebooks big and small, this is the answer. Take notes, write and draw and transfer it easily to your computer (because yes, it has WiFi). And for those e-reader fans of us: get ready for the display that looks and feels so much like paper you’ll forget you aren’t holding a book when turning a page.
To be clear, this is not a tablet, but an e-reader with writing capabilities. Even though it does have WiFi capabilities to transfer documents to and from your computer, you can’t do anything else online with it. That means: no social media, no e-mail and no mindless surfing. AKA: no distractions. Is your resolution to disconnect from your online world, and live more in the moment with the people around you? But do you still want to read everywhere and have ample reading choice? Then ReMarkable is for you!
Happy reading (and writing),