I admit one thing. My bedroom’s five-section bookshelf is filled with more reference books than novels. The mini-library that we have downstairs in our house has about twenty sections, mostly novels, non-fiction books, and more reference books. My room was becoming a whole lot more cluttered because I used to buy so much reference textbooks1 that I became overwhelmed that I end up buying them and not even able to open them and read them. That’s why as of last month, I’ve sold a lot of the outdated textbooks to my local bookstore.2 for very little cash3
Luckily, when the Amazon Kindle came about, so did the mobile app. I signed up for a free account for the desktop version since back then, I didn’t have a smartphone. When I got my first Blackberry smartphone, that’s when I downloaded the Kindle app. It was then that I got the idea that I can just buy my usual reference textbooks in eBook format than buying the physical book. They were a lot cheaper and they save a lot of space in my bookshelf than the actual books, for one thing. But it was hard for me to adapt to using just an electronic screen just to read reference books because I would be staring at another screen just to work on another larger screen4 and it can hurt my neck.5 as well as my eyes6
Currently though, I’m happy that I have the dot view case that the HTC One M8 is known for, but my gripe for this is that it doesn’t close all the way and leaves a bit of a small gap and it doesn’t stay open completely when you’re using your phone, such as dialing a number, checking your email, messaging, etc. I had to remove the case just for me to do all those things at ease. In addition, because of the whole Amazon Kindle app as a library for my reference textbooks, I needed it to stand up a little bit so I can have a better, much easier view, just like reading a book on a bookstand while typing something on the computer screen. It was then that I decided to buy a sturdier case that has a stand to do that job.
Just a few weeks ago, my entire room was completely cluttered with a lot of textbooks just lying around on the ground next to my bed and even underneath my desk. Today, all of my remaining few chosen textbooks, as well as a few of my fiction and nonfiction books, all fit in my shelf. My desk is a little cleaner as well, so at least I can finally use enough space to use pen/pencil and paper when needed.
I know I’ve gotten off-subject a little bit here, but all I can say is, thank you Amazon Kindle for existing altogether.
On the sidenote...
- regarding web designing and development, blogging, writing fiction, and even Japanese/foreign language learning books [↩]
- Half-Price Books – most likely the only bookstore existing in my area right now… [↩]
- and a lot of them are really expensive books too… [↩]
- meaning I would be doing things like taking notes or coding or anything similar on my computer while reading on my phone [↩]
- from bending down to read the phone screen and then looking up towards the screen [↩]
- switching from one screen to another screen isn’t exactly friendly to the eyesight [↩]