I am an avid reader. But, no longer do I just read books, magazines, and newspapers - I also follow many blogs and sites. I recently bought an ipad and now I can spend more time (and in a more comfortable setting) reading these things also. And, I can more easily switch between the various content that I like. I don't have to walk across the room and turn on the computer or pick a new book out at the bookshelf. Also, I no longer have a huge stack of books and magazines setting on my nightstand - I just have the ipad now. Much less clutter. I mainly bought the ipad because I could check out books from the library on it - but it has become so much more. I recently bought an ebook from amazon (it was the cheapest version) and that's big because I had to build up the courage to do it for several days (yeah, strange I know) and because I don't purchase things (usually - as a minimalist) or books (I use the library) but it takes up no space in my home and does not add any clutter. Although, I am attached to a few of my real books - I image a paradigm shift is not that far off. In one short month, I have grow very attached to this new way of reading. I don't even have to hold the book anymore in bed. I just prop it on it side in the case and comfortably read away. When I fall asleep it, it shuts off all by itself.
Arguments for Making the Switch to eBooks and Digital Reading
|7/29/12 4:21 PM|
I have never paid for cable / satellite as an adult. I did live in an apartment or two where it was included. But, personally, I refuse to pay for any more commercials to come into my home. I do purchase the net version of Netflix and I watch things on free Hulu all the time. I have my macbook hooked up to my huge tv, so everything I choose to watch is like a movie going experience. I love the Hulu service that allows you to sign up for the shows you want to watch and they email you when they are available. No planning your life around the big corporations anymore. If it is not on free tv, Netflix, or Hulu, I don't usually bother with it. I feel they don't want me as a viewer. LIBRARY, LIBRARY, LIBRARY... As for movies and some tv shows not available on the above listed aggregators, I use the library. When I see or hear about a movie that I want to see, I immediately go to my library's hold page and sign up for said movie / show. They email me when the movie is available for pickup at my local branch and I get a 3 week check out time for the movie / show. It is great for those of us who are short on entertainment time and don't care about instant gratification. Also, the shows are checked out per season - which is very nice. I also know that itunes, Red Box, and all the other pay for streaming sites are at my disposal. But, I have yet to use one. I would rather wait for the free library version.
Weighing the Pros & Cons of Cutting Cable
|7/29/12 3:49 PM|