A book written in the 1600s, specifically for print, is easier to read on my iPad Mini. Here’s why …
I was concerned that I might not finish reading the book before it is due back at the library, so I sought and found an EPUB version I could keep on my iPad. Trying it out, it became instantly clear that the fat paperback could be returned. The iPad wins.
- The EPUB lets me search the whole text, instantly.
- With the EPUB, definition look-ups are a tap away. Fewer interruptions.
- I usually have my iPad with me, to read while waiting or having coffee.
- I don’t need a wifi signal, the book is on my iPad.
- The iPad is much easier to lug around.
- There is no due date on my iPad.
- The text is much clearer (and backlit) on the iPad.
BTW. I am enjoying Burton’s book as much as I hoped. I thought Thoreau was the original source of the phrase “Castles in the air”. Nope. There it is, penned by Burton, hundreds of years earlier. Was he first?
I estimate that I will perhaps understand half of what Burton has put into his pages, there are so many Latin quotations and references to obscure (to me) gods and ancient classical sources. I may look up some of them, but for the most part, I am quite satisfied with Burton’s own thoughts and observations. It is not a melancholy book to read.