Nanny Hampshire uses her cell phone for “stealth reading. When we take breaks in meetings, the sales guys always grab their phones and check their mail. Me? I grab my phone and read a couple of pages of a book.” She shares her confession in a recent thread on MobileRead.
So how about you? Just when do you use your cell phone for reading, and for about what fraction of your reading time? Our comments area awaits you.
Needless to say, cell phones as e-readers on the most up-to-date phones are a lot better than on the old Nokia in the photo.
With me, it’s all over the place—whether I use a phone for e-reading. Depends not only on circumstances but on my mood and maybe even on the book.
I may take my Nexus 6 to the grocery store and listen to text to speech both in the car and while shopping. On the other hand, if I’m accompanying my wife on a visit to the doctor’s and I know it’ll be a long wait, I’ll come with an iPad and read the traditional way. My pet e-reader of the moment is, yes, my Kindle Oasis, which I usually hesitate to take outside with me because of the $290 it would cost to replace (the charger-cover isn’t sufficiently protective). But I’m fickle. Books with long paragraphs may end up on the iPad because of the larger screen. But then again, at other times, I couldn’t care less. Why the difference? Don’t know.
Resolution isn’t a factor in terms of the phone vs. other gadgets, since it’s fine on all my gizmos. My Nexus, in fact, has not only a six-inch screen but also resolution better than that of the Oasis, although my eyes could never tell the difference.
Closer to bed time, I’m partial right now to the Oasis because of its E Ink, although, with the new Night Shift filtering out blue light on my iPad, it might not matter as much.
OK—so how about you, and when and how often you use your own cell phone for reading?
Yes, and while we’re the subject, it’s ok if you also want to share why you use a particular phone for reading? And what are your thoughts are on six-inch screens (showing more at once) compared to smaller ones (a lot more comfortable for you to hold?)?
Related: Read in E Ink but flip through e-book with help from LCD display? New phone cover idea?, a post of mine from last month. Would such an innovation cause you to rely on a cell phone a lot more for e-reading? Also see Chris Meadows’ post People do read long stories on smartphone screens.