This could be dangerous. I now have an iPad at work that I can can also use at home. We are allowed to have a personal iTunes account and download apps (within reason of course). I don't want to use it for too much personal activity, but I think anything that is fairly general and bookish in nature will be okay (since I work in a library it's good to know how to use the technology and know what resources are out there and how to access them, right?).
I have downloaded the Nook and Kindle apps (I have a Nook so it syncs with my account and I can get to my Nookbooks via the iPad now, too). Maybe I will be better at reading my Nookbooks now.
I'm excited, too, that now I can get an occasional Kindle book. I prefer not to read longer works on my desktop computer (I sit at a computer too much as it is), so this will make it easier to connect to the internet and read books or magazines online in comfort. The shortlist for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 has been announced and they always make the stories available digitally. Now I can read all six (hopefully before the winner is announced).
And with the Nook you can (and maybe with other eReaders?) download magazines for a free two-week trial. This might be a little dangerous, but for the sake of science (ahem) and learning new things, I have downloaded the most recent issue of The Cottage Journal as it is so pretty and having something so lush and colorful to look at does wonders for the mental psychology. It's almost therapeutic really.
I suspect the novelty will wear off soon and then I'll see how I can use this to enhance my reading and general 'online life'. I just don't want to find that I am spending even more time online and have it take away from my book reading and real world life.
Any helps, hints, tools I should know? Any wonderful apps I should download? I have already downloaded the New Yorker app so I can get access to their current issues and archives and will likely do the same with my other subscriptions.
Welcome to the 21st century, eh!