This is my portable library.
Tim Challies, in his excellent blog, recently shared that he is moving completely to ebooks, in preference to paperback books. His article (which can be found here) explained many of the arguments for and against. Challies is an enthusiast for books. His blog has been mainly concerned with reviewing books for many years. And, like me, he still loves the feel, and ben the smell, of physical books. But there are other practicalities. And for an itinerant preacher, the advantage of having most of my library easily available with me, to read on my Kindle, outweighs most of the negatives.
My advice is to read ebooks on a Kindle (or a Nook, or whatever). The Kindle apps available for tablets and phones work well. It is hard to read an entire book on the 3in screen of a Samsung Galaxy, but I have managed it. Using a tablet is easier, but the screen still shines at you. Amazon did, after all, research the whole technology of e-ink, in order to produce their reader screens, and, in my opinion, they work well, without causing eye strain. Traveling on the plane from Portland, OR to Atlanta and thence to Pensacola just yesterday, I found the plane lights getting dimmed. I was able to switch on my overhead light, as I would for a normal book, and read without eye pain. Previously, I had used the Kindle app on my Galaxy Tab 3, but the light of the screen, in the dark of the plane, really hurt my pupils.
When I read Challie’s article, I noticed he linked to another article that he had written, on using Kindles in conjunction with Evernote. I was completely blown away by this concept. You will find that article here. I am already an enthusiast for Evernote. The idea of using the notes and highlights that I make on my Kindle in Evernote, where I can easily search through them, is mind-bogglingly useful.
Well, I haven’t written this article to proselytize. But give it some thought, and maybe give it a try.
Any other arguments in favor of Kindles? How about this for traveling preachers? I have downloaded Pink’s Attributes of God and his Sovereignty of God, as well as Pilgrim’s Progress, and the entire Didache, for the grand total of ——– ZERO. Yes, they were all free! You need classic theological books, and so many of them can be obtained free or cheaply on Kindle. Now do you think it is worth making the switch?