I was pretty slow to embrace the ebook, only seriously starting to use my Kindle in the last couple of years. However, these days I probably read one book in every three on my Kindle because it’s just so convenient! Plus it’s often cheaper to buy a digital copy of a book, especially if it comes up on sale (and I am so addicted to the Amazon monthly sales!).
However, it’s only recently that I’ve started experimenting with my ebook setup, to try and give myself the best reading experience. Because that’s yet another upside to e-readers: you can adjust all sorts of things from the font
Now, I’m pretty dull on the whole
I also don’t really touch any of the other options like the boldness of the font, the page margins, spacing or anything like that.
The main area that I’ve been experimenting with is the ‘Reading Progress’ options. Now I don’t know about other brands of e-readers, but on
For some reason, I had always had the ‘Time Left In Book’ option on, which would then display the percentage of the way I was through the book and a time estimate for how long it would take me to finish it. It only really occurred to me recently that whilst this is useful information to know, it was actually really distracting and was hampering my ability to get lost in the book I was reading.
I would often find myself glancing down at the percentage and seeing it as a kind of goal to get to a certain percentage during each reading session, or I’d find myself being daunted by it if it was a long book and so was only going up slowly. I also found the ‘time left’ thing distracting because I’d glance at it and be trying to work out how much time I had left to keep reading, and if I would make it near the end in that time. All of this was time out of my reading time when I wasn’t actually taking in any words on the screen.
So I decided to adjust my Kindle setup, and turned it off completely. I now have no progress information, or even the time showing on my page when I’m reading, leaving me with nothing to distract me from the book itself. And I’ve been loving it! I’ve definitely been finding it easier to get fully lost in the words, and it’s made my reading sessions feel less like I’m having a competition with myself to get to a certain point.
And if I want that information when I stop reading? I just briefly turn it back on and then turn it immediately off ready for my next session. Now, this might not be other people’s preference, but that’s the wonder of e-readers: you can set up a completely personalised reading experience that suits you!
So I’d love to know what your e-reader setup is like! Do you like to be able to see your progress, or do you also find it distracting? Do you make any adjustments to fonts or anything? And if you have another brand of e-reader, what options for customisation does it give you?