Kindle, Real Books or Audio Books?
Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is the best reading medium these days. But what if we didn't have to choose? Here's how I use all three mediums.
I find Kindle best for any books that I know are going to be 'heavy' on note-taking for one simple reason. Resting my iPad on my desk is much less awkward than trying to balance keeping a book open and taking notes at the same time.
Currently Reading: The Circadian Code by Dr Satchin Panda
I tend to read paper books after 8 pm when I turn my screen off or if I'm at the beach. So I choose less 'heavy' note-taking type books. Fiction is an obvious choice. But I also choose lighter non-fiction book that I can take a few notes in the margins and transfer them when I'm back at the computer.
Currently Reading: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
I reserve audiobooks for any screen-free breaks throughout the day as well as after 8 pm when I turn screens off.
I haven't been a huge fan of audiobooks. I suspect it was because I was trying to listen to 'heavy' note-taking books when audio lends itself to a lighter read with a softer focus. So now I choose story-based books or biographies which are just really enjoyable to listen to.
Currently Listening to: The Cult Of We by Elliot Brown & Maureen Farrell
Knowing what books I'll consume also helps my brain know what mode I'm in. If I'm in my Kindle it signals to my brain a deeper focus compared to listening to an audiobook where it can wander a little.