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June 11, 2013

Reading in bed: Why the iPad mini trumps physical books

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crossed the Rubicon early last month, when I began the hardcover version of John le Carré's "A Delicate Truth."

By the time I got the book propped up just so on its corner, leaning against a pillow, my glasses on, my reading lamp focused and centered on the book, my head aligned perfectly on my pillow, and Gray Cat comfortably ensconced in the crook of my arm, her wonderfully thrumming and gently vibrating furry back against my chest, her front paws nestled on top of my forearm, the needle-sharp tips of her claws resting gently on my skin, I was locked in position, so comfortable and delicately poised I was unable to move enough to turn the page so I closed my eyes and went to sleep.

This repeated itself a night or two more before it became apparent I would never, ever be able to get into the book if things stayed the way they were: there were simply too many moving parts.

So I bought the Kindle version of the book, downloaded it to my iPad mini and lo and behold, all of a sudden reading in bed was a snap.

No worries about glasses (I simply enlarged the typeface till I could see it comfortably without); light (no need for a lamp since the screen is perfectly lit, just the way I like it); no having to hold the book just so or lose my grip entirely since the rubbery mini case stays right where I put it on the bottom sheet; and all it took to turn a page was a delicate finger swipe from either hand.

Game over.

Books on paper in bed are dead to me.

Danielle Ofri demurs but she'll come around.

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Note added at 7:31 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, in response to Flautist's comment ("So, after the changeover, visibility, illumination, and grip are just right, but no mention of Gray Cat...was she adjusted out, or was she allowed to assume her position?"):

The entire exercise was a 21st century version of Muhammad's sleeve.

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My entire bedtime ritual is focused on Gray Cat: her comfort and my resulting bliss once it has been achieved.

After the transition to the mini was complete, her usual and customary practice of finding a perfect nook right up under my chin, against my neck, chest, and left arm (I lie on my left side for bedtime reading) was made effortless and free.

The way we like it.

"Heaven is a Place on Earth" is not just the title of a great Belinda Carlisle song.

Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

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So, after the changeover, visibility, illumination, and grip are just right, but no mention of Gray Cat...was she adjusted out, or was she allowed to assume her position?

Posted by: Flautist | Jun 12, 2013 1:06:30 AM

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