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How I Learned To Read   4 comments

OK, not the perfect sunset, but definintely my best afternoon, under the umbrella reading my Kindle on Ka'anapali Beach.

A perfect afternoon with my kindle, under the umbrella on Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach.

The Lady gave me a great Christmas gift in 2010. It changed the way I read.

Kindle 3It was a Kindle 3, with the ability to download and store more books then I need.

I am a voracious reader.

Prior to December 25, 2010, when I went on a business trip, I had to carry many paperbacks with me so that I had enough books to read while I was gone. If I was going to be out for several days … I carried several books. Four books was kind of my default. If I needed more than six books, I would take six and buy the rest at airports along the way.

But there was a better way.

With the kindle, I could buy books when I wanted, load them wirelessly, and read at my leisure.

I stopped buying paper books in 2011. I was not alone: Amazon.com is now the leading book retailer, and in 2014 they had a 65% share of electronic books.

I love my kindle. And then … one day, it wouldn’t wake up. I charged it. I searched for online solutions. I took it apart. I charged it again. Nothing worked. My kindle was not dead – the screen still had the screensaver – but it would not boot.

No kindle for my next trip.

Luckily, I had recently upgraded my smartphone, and part of my new package was Samsung tablet … and I quickly found a kindle app for that. I downloaded all of my books, and I was ready for my trip. Got to LAX, checked my bag … which had my tablet in it. I realized 3 minutes too late that my perfect plan for reading on my tablet was done for.

Plan B: I could read on my smartphone. Again, I had an app for that. And, come to find out, the smartphone automatically synced my titles in the Amazon cloud, so I always had an electronic bookmark in the book I was reading, whether I was reading on my tablet or the smartphone.

Come to find out, 5 year old technology (kindle 3) is sometimes not as good as new tech. My reading experience is now MUCH better, as I seamlessly move from smartphone to tablet & back again.

It’s good to learn new things … like how to read. Can’t imagine what I’ll learn next!

Posted September 11, 2015 by henrymowry in Reading

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On Reading   Leave a comment

Theodore Roosevelt, enjoying the great outdoors with a book.

“I am a part of everything that I have read.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."- Benjamin Franklin, painting by David Martin, 1767

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin, painting by David Martin, 1767

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.- Will Rogers

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
– Will Rogers

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”- Harry Truman

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
– Harry Truman

Mark Twain in a color chromograph on December 21, 1908. Credit: Alvin Langdon Coburn

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.”
and
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
– Mark Twain, in a color chromograph on December 21, 1908. Credit: Alvin Langdon Coburn

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."- Ray Bradbury

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
– Ray Bradbury

"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it."and""- Groucho Marx

“From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.”
and
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
– Groucho Marx

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy

"Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading."- Babe Ruth

“Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.”
– Babe Ruth

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”- Abraham Lincoln, shown here reading the Bible to his son, Tad

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”
– Abraham Lincoln, shown here reading the Bible to his son, Tad.
Photo by Anthony Berger, 1864.

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The Perfect Sunset   14 comments

In yesterday’s post, I talked about things you must do when visiting Maui.  Implicit in any itinerary is the search for the Perfect Sunset.

OK, not the perfect sunset, but definitely my best afternoon, under the umbrella reading on Ka’anapali Beach.

These young ladies were having a lot more fun than I sharing the sunset … immediately! The wonders of WiFi on the beach, creating instant jealousy among the friends back home.

Perhaps not the Perfect Sunset, but I’ll take it any day. Ka’anapali Beach, Maui.

Cue the sailboat….

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