eReading Tips from the Harlequin Digital Team
By: Julie Forrest, Manager eBook Marketing
Did you ask Santa for a new eReader this year? Are you hoping to see a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Sony eReader under the tree? Many of us on the digital team are long-time eBook enthusiasts. So as an early holiday gift to e-newbies, we thought we’d share our favorite eReading tips and tricks. Enjoy!
You can read eBooks by the pool!
I’m a confirmed eBook convert. There’s just one area of my life where paper seems more attractive than eBooks: near water. In the summer, I love reading by the pool; in the winter I indulge in long hot baths with a good book. If a paperback gets dropped in the tub or splashed by a kid playing Marco Polo, no biggie – it’ll dry out, or if the damage is extensive, you spend $5-10 on another copy; but if my beloved Kindle gets wet… The horror! I don’t want to think about the cost of replacing it, but it’s definitely more than the cost of a paperback. So I employ a tried-and-true waterproofing device: the humble Ziploc bag. Cheap and durable, but it really works!
Jenny Bullough, Manager, Digital Content
Protect your eReader
Buy a cover to prevent scratches on the eReader screen or casing! I use simple sleeve-style covers for my Kobo and Kindle because they’re pretty inexpensive, light and I can still use my devices one-handed, unlike the “book” style ones you have to hold open like a print book.
Amy Wilkins, Assistant Manager, Digital Content and Social Media
Try new things!
Being new to eReading definitely has its advantages. There’s a whole world of books just waiting to be discovered, full of fascinating genres and niches that aren’t as popular in print. If you’re feeling adventurous and in the mood for something different, check out some steampunk, space opera or science fiction romance books. Personally, I know trying out male/male on my Kindle made me feel more comfortable when I first started reading it… Now I can’t get enough of it and don’t care who knows about my latest reading addiction!
Tara Stevens, Assistant Manager, eBook Marketing
Get an eReader, grab an application from any or all of the eBook retailers for your tablet, or even your smartphone or home computer. I love having multiple applications on my Android phone, so I can take advantage of the best deals on each platform. It’s never been easier to access, purchase and transport all of your favorites. Don’t like a book, find and try something new in seconds. The risk is low, and the rewards are limitless.
Brendan Flattery, Production Coordinator
If you live in a cold climate and own a touchscreen eReader like I do, invest in a pair of fingerless mittens. I like to read when I’m waiting for the bus, but in the winter it’s too cold for bare hands and regular mittens don’t work on touchscreens. Fingerless mittens keep my hands warm and the proverbial page turning on my trusty Sony eReader.
Carly Chow, Coordinator, Digital Commerce
Save your marriage!
I love to read at night—late into the night—but my husband used to threaten to banish me to the couch. One of my best investments has been a good clip-on reading light for my Kobo. There are lots of great, inexpensive options that are perfect for E-ink devices. Perfect to keep you reading to your heart’s content—and keep you from getting kicked out of bed.
Julie Forrest, Manager, eBook Marketing
Looking for suggestions to load up your eReader? Check out our Ebooks for eReaders today! And visit some of our favorite book bloggers for their recommendations:
We hope you find our tips useful. Now it’s your turn—you tell us yours in the comments.