Archive for June 20th, 2012

TV versus the book

- June 20th, 2012

This year, I’ve been on a pretty good reading clip. But with a change in my cable package, I’m reading even more.

A little more than a month ago, we decided to call our cable supplier. We decided to do what a lot of people have done. Call up and ask for a better deal or else. I figured I would get something since we also get our Internet and home phone from the same company.

The deal we got saves us $62 a month but it meant moving from analog cable up to digital cable. So what’s wrong with that?

1. Another bloody box on the TV stand means more wires that are impossible to tuck behind everything.
2. Digital cable sucks. There’s a slight pause as you change the channel.
3. The on-screen guide. For years people have come up to me as if I’ve got two heads because we still use the TV guide that comes with the newspaper. The on-screen guide is slow.
4. I can’t figure out how to record shows. Yes, I’ve got everything hooked up properly, but I can’t seem to get the VCR to tune in properly. And when I tell people this, they ask: Don’t you have a PVR? No! The whole point of this exercise was to save money.

So what does that to do with the increase in reading. Well, mostly for reason No. 3, I don’t bother turning on the TV anymore. We watch a few shows off Netflix and on movie night, we either watch something off Netflix or we rent something from iTunes. (Although we rarely rent any more). If I’m home alone and cooking supper, I’ll put on music if I’m cooking or I’ll just read some more.

So who knew that getting more TV would actually mean watching less of it? In the end, it means more time for reading.

Reading on my Kindle

- June 20th, 2012

Lately, I just haven’t been ale to put the Kindle down. During these last six months, I had been rotating between Kindle books and physical books. I had a good run at Christmas and a few good books landed on my desk.

But over the last few weeks, I’ve just had no desire to pick up a physical book and wrestle with either a stiff spine or a small, light font, or any other issues you normally come across with a book. On the Kindle, all is equal. Every book weighs the same regardless of how many pages. The fonts and size of the fonts are identical from book to book. I’ve also read a few books on the iPad, which is a bit heavier.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be going on vacation and taking the Kindle with me. I’ve given myself a small budget to buy three or four books before I go.