The perfect e-book reader configuration

One among the innumerable joys of the final year are those long breaks you get when you have finished the work assigned in the project and you are waiting for the review from the professor. The minimum duration of these breaks is 3 days and depending on your luck may extend upto a week. So, that can imply only one thing – read books. I was a fanatical reader before 10th standard, finishing at the least four books in a week. Though, I must confess most of them were Hardy Boys or The Three Investigators series of books. Ah, 10th standard. Read now and your life will be set, they said. Then pre-university. Read for 12th/JEE/AIEEE/CET and your life will be set, they said. The story didn’t change once I got into IIT. In between all these hullaboo I gradually gave up reading books other than my textbooks. All my novels were kept out of sight in some almirah. Thankfully, one of them – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, escaped the attention of my parents. I used to sneak out the book when alone and read it. Till date it is my favourite book and I think I have read it half a dozen times.

After coming to IIT, in between those innumerable assignments, I could hardly find time to pick up a book. This year though, is different. Over the past few months my reading frequency has picked up and I am back into the groove of finishing a book at an average of one book a week, a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction. To list the books,

  1. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
  2. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  3. God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy
  4. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen
  6. India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
  7. Bartemius-Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
  8. A Song of Ice and Fire – Game of thrones by George R.R Martin
  9. A Song of Ice and Fire – A Clash of Kings by George R.R Martin
  10. A Song of Ice and FireA Storm of Swords by George R.R Martin
  11. Dune by Frank Herbert
  12. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  13. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
Right now, I am reading the fourth  book of A Song of Ice and Fire-A Feast of Crows on my laptop and a collection of short stories by P.G Wodehouse from a book.  Finally after much experimenting, I have discovered the ideal e-book reading configuration, thanks to which I have been able to read close to 7.5k pages of A Song of Ice and Fire series.  Calibre E-book Reader along with Artha thesaurus on the side with a black background so that I don’t get too distracted. Super Effective it is.  🙂

5 thoughts on “The perfect e-book reader configuration

  1. ssivark says:

    I’m currently trying to plough my way through The Argumentative Indian but I find the first couple of chapters to be slow going. So my progress rate has been about 1 chapter a month. 😛 (I’ve also read some fabulous books in parallel).

    Ps: RKV seems to be making a serious publicity attempt 😛 😀

    • I started reading The Argumentative Indian in July. Finished it in December. It is too prosaic. I have no clue why I read the book. I can’t even remember half the things he said in the book. The chapter on female infanticide was enlightening though. You should try Guns, Germs and Steel. You will love it.

      I notice that you have a new blog now. Time to grit your teeth and start blogging. 😀

      PS: Please don’t tell me RKV forced you to create a new blog so that you can put her link in that. 😛

      • ssivark says:

        LOL! Nope, it wasn’t due to RKV. I’ve had that blog for a long time now, just that I could not get myself to actually write much stuff over the last year or so. I spend a lot of time reading (semi-random articles on the web) — easily 5-6 hours each day. I’m trying to induce myself to write more. There are a lot of topics that I want to write on, but I don’t force myself to sit down for a few hours each week and write. :-/

        As much as I like Blogspot, I do not like the principle behind Google’s policy of country specific censoring of blogs (which they are going to implement). That is one of the reasons I’m moving to WP. But then, you could say that I was looking for an excuse to move to WP (as demonstrated by the fact that I’ve had this blog address for a long while now). 😛

  2. So you actually sold out and bought one of those fancy-ass ebook readers? Which one? A Kindle? An iPad?

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