disability · Health · Life · Reading · Uncategorized

Why Kindle is superior to the Paperback

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Ooo, that’s right, I said it, I went there! Kindle > Paperbacks.

For many moons, or well, just the one moon, technically, but, it’s been a while; people have argued that paperbacks are, and will always be superior when compared to the sinful e-book. Okay, so I’ll admit, I hands down prefer having a physical form of book, the delight of a paperback in my hands, over my e-reader. There’s the weight, the feel of the pages, the sound when you turn them, that book smell and just… there’s a beauty to it, I’m sure you know what I mean. However, my Kindle is far superior – for some reasons, you may not have even considered.

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There are some obvious perks to an e-reader. They save space, they allow you to take an entire library while traveling while occupying only a sliver of the space, e-books are often cheaper, have 99p/introductory offers or some are even free. There are also some less obvious perks. After discussing this with numerous friends, they admitted they’d not really thought about them.

One word. Accessibility. Yeah, paperbacks are great. When was the last time you saw a large print version of a new release by your favourite author? That’s right. Large print books are often more expensive and have far less variety and availability compared to a standard print edition. An e-reader eliminates this worry because not only can a kindle books font size be increased, but the font can be changed to one of a variety that a visually impaired person may find easier to view and at no further cost to them.

Speaking of fonts; what about Dyslexia? Some dyslexic people find it very difficult to try and read a book. An e-reader helps in many ways. As well as being able to adjust the font size, margins and line spacing can be adjusted to change the format of a page which someone with dyslexia, cognitive dysfunction, a learning disability or other impairment may find incredibly beneficial. As well as this, I can’t speak for other e-readers, but the newer versions of Kindle have a font available called OpenDyslexic. This is a special font that adds weight to the bottom of lettering in an attempt to help ease some of the difficulties someone with dyslexia may experience while trying to read.

All these options make reading more accessible to those who may not ordinarily be able to read, or experience great difficulty in doing so. I adore reading, there is nothing like diving in to a book and immersing yourself in an entirely different world, but when your brain isn’t keeping up, it can be really difficult. Okay, so it’s not traditional and it doesn’t have the same charm as a paperback, but what’s the point in all that charm if you can’t enjoy it?

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So, reconsider an e-reader. Users of e-readers may love books just as much as you do, maybe even more so. If you love books that much, surely you want as many people as possible to enjoy the books you love. If an e-reader helps them do that, then surely that’s a wonderful thing?

What do you think? Do you use an e-reader? Physical books only? Have I changed how you perceive e-readers? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Life · Uncategorized

Facts and Favourites tag

Oh shush, auto-correct thingy. I’m British. Favourites has a “U” in it.
Ahem. I mean, hi! The beautiful Cait tagged me on twitter to do this tag, I thought, why not. I have plenty of things planned over here, but I’m currently having some laptop issues – sadface! So, if this post is a bit janky, that’s why. I tag… anyone who wants to do this.

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What is your middle name?
I actually have two middle names, but I’m not gonna share those here :3

What is your Favourite drink?
I’m not sure I have one, if I’m honest! I’m quite partial to a hibiscus peach iced tea from starbucks. I love a strawberry and creamy cooler from Costa too – but I’m lactose intolerant so I strike that for the obvious reasons.

What is your favourite song at the moment?
Nero – In to the Night. Kinda, I love basically the entire Between II Worlds album. I’m not really sure if it’s my favourite as such right now, but it’s one I’ve been listening to a fair bit.

What would you (or have you) name your children?
Claudia, Olivia, Finn.. some others, maybe. I used to think about this sort of thing a lot, but not in more recent years.

Have you participated in any sport?
Loads, in my youth! Netball, Hockey, Football, Trampolining, Badminton, Rounders, Karate, Judo.. I’m probably forgetting some.

What is your favourite book?
I don’t think I have one. I have loads of favourites, I’m a book worm and if you’re interested in what I’m reading, or wanna keep track of your own books, I’m over here at Goodreads.

What is your favourite colour?
A more turquoise shade of blue.

What is your favourite animal?
Hrnnng, hard. Cats. Probably. But I also adore bears, sloths, bunnies (whom I deem all to be named “flopsy”), cows and hedgehogs.

What is your favourite perfume?
Flash by Jimmy Choo, that’s my “signature scent”. People always say I smell nice. Yay.

Where is your favourite place to holiday?
I don’t go on holidays very often. I recently went away for the first time in 8 years. Prior to that, the only regular holiday I am old enough to remember going on is to Ibiza in my teens and tweens. So, I’ve yet to find a favourite I suppose?

On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.
Probably like a 8. Ask me that question a decade ago and the number would probably be a lot lower. It’ll probably go up a bit as I’m older.

Do you speak any different languages?
I learned French in school, but I can’t remember anything. I did speak very basic, introductory/conversational Swedish, Korean and Mandarin at one point, but that fell out of my brain. I know a small amount of Spanish and I have decent comprehension of Japanese.

Do you have any siblings?
I do! I have a brother who is 5 years my senior. When it’s my birthday in October, that becomes 4 years until his in December.

What is your favourite clothes shop?
New Look, probably. I buy most of my clothes at ASDA if I’m honest.

What are some of your favourite TV shows?
Currently, my favourite TV show is Orphan Black – sad it’s ending soon! A couple of classic favourite of mine are Fringe, House and 30 Rock.

PC or Mac?
PC, for sure. I’ve used a macbook before, in fact, I own a 2006 macbook and it had some perks, but nothing that outweighed my windows laptop.

What phone do you have?
I have a Motorola G3.

How tall are you?
I’m around 5’5″

Do you have any pets?
I have a beautiful white and tortie cat! Her name is Mitzeee and I adore her endlessly. There are also two cats at my parents’ house, Gemma and Bisto. Also white and tortie, Bisto is the less saturated kind and largely white, I forget what they call that. Generally white and tortie cats are female because it’s a specific genetic trait. When male cats are tortie and white, they have a less saturated tortie colour. Gemma is really small and long furred, so I like to call her Basil (Brush). I’m young enough to consider the family cats “mine” as well, right?

 

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Blogging · Life · Uncategorized

The Blogger Excuse

The Blogger Excuse. Do you know what I’m referring to? You do, don’t you? I think everyone with a niche topic blog is probably guilty of this at some point or another.

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So, what is “The Blogger Excuse”? The blogger excuse is using your blog as an excuse to indulge. Many of us have blogs on topics that we’re passionate and interested in. We can use the blog as an excuse to indulge ourselves and purchase something that we wouldn’t otherwise get if we were blogless – all in the name of content. It’s often a costless and actually fairly pointless activity but we justify it with “oh, but I can blog about it” when in actual fact, we could wait for other reviews which inevitably are written on new releases, wait for 3 for 2 deals and other offers for a product we don’t REALLY need.

So. You have a blog, you follow all of your favourite related brands and their PRs, follow them on twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest, their own newsletters, the whole lot. You hear of a new product release and you can not wait to get your hands on it… to review on your blog. Not because you need another x/y/z product in your life, but because you fancy it and your blog is the perfect excuse. It’s okay, right? So, you spend a fortune on products that you probably don’t need but they’ve just come out and of course, you’re not alone in this, because as you upload your post, you realise… in come hundreds of posts on the exact same product to the bloggosphere.

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I ask you this. What makes your blog, your post unique? What makes it stand out above all of the other posts of identical nature and often, identical format. (Big, popular blogger does x with their blog, many follow suit because it’s what a successful person does/has?) What makes The Blogger Excuse actually worth it? IS it actually worth it? Or could you actually refrain, save money and create more unique content?

What do you think? Are you guilty of using the Blogger Excuse? I know I sure have been.