5 Tips for Summertime Outdoor E-Book Reading

There are so many opportunities during the summer to be outdoors having fun or just relaxing. That makes it one of the most popular seasons for reading, and e-readers are so conveniently portable they make that so much easier. But there can be issues related to outdoor e-book reading that come up, and it helps to know how to address and solve before you head out the door. Here are some tips that can make summer reading even more pleasant and portable.

Enjoy Lightweight Portability

You can install an e-book app on a smart phone and use it as an e-reader gadget. That way if you’re traveling light you don’t have to carry your larger, dedicated e-reader device. Just put your phone in your pocket and you’re good to go. Since Kindle e-readers let you easily synch them to other devices, you could then have your Kindle communicate with that e-book app. That way, whatever you read on one device is logged onto the other one. When you read a few pages on one, but later switch to the other, your bookmarked page is already synched.

Take Your Library with You

As you probably know, USB stick memory devices are about the size of your thumb…which is why they are called “thumb drives.” What you may not know is that Free-ebooks.net offers three different specialized USB stick library bundles, to suit your particular reading preferences.  These libraries carried on a thumb drive are called “E-Go” because they were designed for e-book readers on the go. They don’t require a Wi-Fi connection. Just plug it into the USB port of your tablet or laptop from anywhere, anytime. One holds 1,250 e-books…enough to keep you reading for years. The other two are loaded with audio books, and one of those has 125 audio books for children. The  other holds 550 audio books for readers of all ages – with titles ranging from Alice in Wonderland to V for Vendetta and everything in between.

A Trick for Sunglass Wearers

If you wear sunglasses, you may know that some of the best ones have polarized lenses that dramatically reduce glare. Those are ideal for wearing outdoors in the summertime. But polarized lenses don’t always play well with LCD screens, and can make the page you’re trying to read appear too dark. Sometimes, though, it helps to rotate the device. The reason that may make it much easier to see the screen is because the polarized glass lenses line up differently with the pixels of light that create the image on the screen. So just rotating your device, like from vertical alignment to horizontal or “landscape” position, may brighten up the page while you’re wearing a pair of polarized sunglasses.

Better Solutions for Glare

While you are outside at the beach or lake catching some rays, your e-reader will also be catching those same sunbeams. If it reflects them back into your eyes, that creates an annoying glare that can make it harder to read unless you can cast some shade over the device. To get the very best possible outdoor performance under conditions of glare, use a device that features electronic ink or “e-ink. These e-ink readers like the Kindle, Kobo PocketBook, Kobo Aura H20 2017, and Nook do much better than LCD screen tablets and iPads that don’t offer the non-glare quality of e-ink.

Charging and Protection from the Elements

LCD devices also consume a lot more juice, so they may run low on power within a day or less. But usually you’ll also find that e-ink devices can keep going strong, for a week or even as long as a few weeks, on just one battery charge. That may give you option of leaving the bulky charger and charger cord behind. But don’t leave behind a protective cover for your electronics, especially if you are going to be outdoors near water and sand. There is a wide selection of affordable and attractive covers, and you can find one designed to fit your particular device. There are even covers that include a charger, and e-readers like the Kobo Aura H20 that are water-resistant. In a pinch, you can also protect your e-reader by dropping into an ordinary plastic ziplock bag. To be extra safe, enclose inside two of them. That might save it from getting wet if someone spills a drink on it, or it gets splashed while on a poolside chair when you’re using the diving board.

2 Ways E-Book Writing Just Became More Profitable

Two recent developments help to pave the way for you to be a more successful and profitable e-book writer and seller. Of course you may not think of yourself as a writer…much less a book author or publisher. But if you stop to think about it for a moment, your appetite for the written word may be just the ticket to take you on a journey into creating your own books.

The World’s Best Writers are Devout Readers

Ask the world’s most highly acclaimed movie directors to explain their passion for making films, and invariably they will talk about their love of watching movies. Just as avid moviegoers often convert that interest into a career behind the camera as movie director or producer, similarly many of the world’s most famous authors were first inspired as avid readers. Without a doubt, reading voraciously is one of the greatest assets of any writer…and oftentimes the best readers become the best writers.

Authors Can Now Earn More in Europe and the UK

To make a living as an e-book author, you have to be compensated…and up until now that was a bit more challenging for those whose books are in libraries across the European continent. While authors of traditional, printed books got paid every time one of their books was loaned out by a library, e-book authors were not afforded the same opportunity. That’s because laws related to that compensation, which are called Public Lending Rights, didn’t include e-books. But now that’s changed and e-book authors will now earn their fair share.

Court Rulings on Author Compensation

The Court of Justice of the European Union determined recently that the lending of books by public libraries should also include electronic books that are borrowed via downloads. Another piece of legislation, the Digital Economy Bill, has been amended to include compensation for library e-book lending. Under the new rules of Public Lending Rights, authors in the UK can earn as much as £6,600 per year, while other countries such as Ireland do not have a limit on how much can be earned. The Public Lending Rights compensation will be determined based on the estimated number of times a book is borrowed.

Amazon Lifts Pricing Restrictions

Meanwhile the biggest seller of e-books in the world, Amazon, has established new contractual terms with publishers in the European Union, following a government investigation. The investigation began about two years ago when publishers complained that Amazon’s contracts were limiting their ability to set prices when selling books through non-Amazon platforms. Amazon had been mandated that publishers had to offer their best, lowest price in the Kindle store, and couldn’t sell books for less elsewhere. Thanks to the newly negotiated terms of agreement, Amazon cannot demand the lowest price. That will enable publishers to charge more on Amazon and on other sites, if they want to…and can potentially mean that authors will, in turn, earn more money for the books they sell through publishers or on sites like Amazon.

Reading is the Gateway to Writing and Publishing

So whether you’re looking for a new hobby or a new career, you may want to try your hand at writing. Never before in history has it been easier to write, produce, and distribute books to a broad, diverse, global audience…thanks to e-book technology…and to make a living doing it. It’s easy to see how the best musicians on earth gravitated into the role of playing music by initially developing a love and passion for listening to music. That love of music motivated them to become musicians and play those favorite songs themselves. Ultimately, it created a career opportunity for those who kept going in that direction to become professionals in the field of music. Similarly, if you are already a fan of reading books that is a wonderful prerequisite for transitioning to the role of author and e-book publisher.

Saul Bellow

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.