E-books – try it, you’ll like it

By Jacqueline Rios

I am an avid reader, sometimes reading an entire book in a weekend. I was having trouble trying to figure out what to do with all the books I read. I tried giving them away or recycling them. So I made the transition to reading books from the New York Public Library System. It seemed like a good way to follow the “reuse” principal of recycling.

Then, about a year and a half ago, I made the transition to e-books. Not only is there no paper, but it is a lot easier to carry on crowded subway cars. I thought it might be hard to adjust from paper to electronic reading, but it could not have been easier! And for those who have trouble reading small print, the font size is adjustable.

Even with electronic books, though, you can use the New York Public Library System. They have a number of e-books in various formats, including Kindle. Early last month, the library announced that Simon & Schuster and Hachette publishers are providing e-books for library users; meaning the NYC Public Library System has the full participation of the nation’s largest publishers.

If you are a New York City resident and have a library card, try an e-book. You do not even need a special electronic reader. Apps such as the Kindle app work on all kinds of tablets, including iPads. If not a New York City resident, try your local library and see what they have to offer. You might be pleasantly surprised.

About the Author: Jacqueline Ríos is an engineer with EPA Region 2 working on clean water programs.

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