elizabeth_EB_close_up-210So how do you scrape up time for recreational reading?

One strategy, of course, is not to watch much TV. But sometimes it isn’t that simple—for example, if you hold a demanding job and must do work-related reading and work-related everything-else.

Some readers of Publisher’s Weekly recently shared their opinions on the time issue, and I’d be curious how TeleRead community members replied.

One trick I use is to carry around an iPad or an e-book-capable cell phone, so I can read at the doctor’s when I take my wife in for chemo.

You can also listen to audiobooks or text-to-speech of e-books while driving (when will Amazon restore TTS to the E Ink Kindles?).

Then again, many people might feel like children’s author Elizabeth Bluemle (photo), author of the PW piece, and believe that multitasking (at least in the case of traditional reading of text) is far from nirvana.

Complicating matters is the guilt factor, exactly as she says. Do you feel guilty taking time for “‘just’ reading”?

In another item, PW’s Craig Teicher has asked if millennials read e-books,. Not surprisingly, a fair number of the respondents said they were into both E and P. It isn’t “either or,” regardless of the tendency of so many in the media and academia to frame the question that way. What do you think?


  1. Amazon’s “WhisperSync” is my main strategy for recreational reading. Much of my reading is via listening while driving, which works much better for me now that I can switch to e-ink at home without needing to hunt for my place. Wonderful!

    I draw the line at paying more for the audio/e-ink pair than the same book at a bookstore, however. And if a book is important to me–that is, I plan to reread it–I buy the hardback. Still love ink on paper. I rarely buy paperbacks any more.

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