I bought a Kindle Paperwhite yesterday. Black Friday is not a thing in France, but I seized the opportunity when I saw the 30% discount on Amazon's website.
I've been looking to replace my Kobo for two years. I do most of my reading from my computer, but I miss the ability to go offline and avoid blue light before going to sleep. A good book on a couch by the fireplace is always more relaxing than my virtual office.
Reading on a laptop is more efficient to take notes, but distractions are one click away. I always read more and faster on an e-reader or a physical book, without even sacrificing my comprehension of the material. As a digital nomad, physical books are a luxury I cannot afford, but the benefits of efficient reading are too good to overlook: an e-reader is an optimal solution.
My reading habit is intertwined with my writing habit. As Stephen King says, "if you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. [...] If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."
This is partly the reason why I want to start reading more as soon as I come back to France to receive this Kindle. I love writing and I love reading, but I often fail to secure an hour a day to read a book.
Sipreads also made its first affiliate sales. My co-maker and I feel ready to summarize two non-fiction books a month each.
If I want to grow as an individual, not just as a writer or a founder, I need a solid reading habit. I use Makerlog to stay accountable, but no app can do the reading for me. Even if you read a summary, there is always a detail in the original content that doesn't add to the comprehension of the book per see, but this small detail can sow unexpected ideas. Reading the full length of a book is serendipity in its purest form.
On the other hand, summaries allow you to curate a compelling reading list. Reading a bad book teaches you what not to do, but I'd rather spend more time reading books that strongly resonate with me or the problems I'm trying to solve.
I'm looking forward to next week.