Reading on a library app: impressions and some insights

Two exciting (to me) things have happened that may make you roll your eyes at me.

Go ahead and roll away… πŸ˜‰πŸ™„

Firstly, I downloaded the library app on my phone.

This may not sound exciting to you, but the Toronto Public Library app of yesteryear was horrendously complicated to use before and I gave up in disappointment.

Years later (this past week), on a whim, I tried to load it on my now bigger screen phone and it loaded quickly and efficiently.

The Swiss in me likes efficiency. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­

So, next I needed a book to test. Will the app work? My previous horrible experience left me apprehensive but the interface had changed from how I remembered it, and that in itself was rather encouraging.

I was cautiously optimistic.

What book should I read?

So many books I want to read….lots of people whose blogs I follow list their book recommendations in their blogs. That’s one place to get inspired.

Then I remembered Shelley. She sent me a link to a book and said: the author’s writing style reminds me of yours. 😊

I took this as a huge compliment not just because someone complimented my writing style but compared it to a published author! (Thank you Shelley)

And, the title, once I clicked the link, made me smile.

The year of living Danishly

So this morning, after a long night of not sleeping well partly due to my eczema bothering me (so itchy), I started reading it.

First impression:

Love. ❀

It’s a fun read by an author who packed up her London city life when her husband was offered a year long contract to work for Lego in Denmark.

Her anecdotes describe with much humour and insights what it’s like to immigrate a foreign country, understand its customs and adjust to their way of life. Not speaking the language only seems partly problematic since most Europeans speak several languages and English, even if it’s broken, is usually part of it. The Danes are no different.

I’m intrigued, and try to picture the life of my second cousins who live near Ballerup in Denmark. Or used to, anyway….(My mom’s Swiss cousin married a Danish girl…their Danish kids are my second cousins. So technically I have family in Denmark. I have met the son who is the same age as me when he, his wife and another couple came to Canada to visit us here back when I was in University.)

So… I’m happily reading (and blogging) about my successful library app experience on the second morning of summer vacation. Bliss! The males in this household are still asleep, the extroverted girl-child is at her first of probably many sleepovers, and I have coffee. β˜•

One thing that doesn’t impress me: since the book is an e-book, loaded on the library app in my phone, I noticed the margins in the book are justified. I can’t tell if the book was actually published this way in hard copy.

I am not a fan of justified text.

Justified margins means the text is aligned along the left and right margins and the word-spacing is therefore adjusted.

This is an incredibly awkward way to read. Since I’m reading this book on my phone, there are lines of text where the white space between words is awfully large. It’s distracting and if I could figure out how to change it, I would. I’m sure there is a way because it allowed me to change the font from serif to sans serif…why not the margins?

Alas, I have not figured out yet how to do this.

But I’m not going to allow this little annoyance impede me from enjoying the story. Because the book so far (I’m in the second chapter) is highly entertaining as well as informative and promises to continue this way.

And so begins summer vacation.

What are you reading?

11 thoughts on “Reading on a library app: impressions and some insights

  1. I tend to avoid reading on my phone, purely because of the battery drain. I do carry a Kindle around while traveling though. I’ve been reading “Sleeping Giants” by Sylvain Neuvel – nearly finished it. It’s not like anything I’ve read before, and is strangely absorbing.

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  2. I enjoyed that book, too. My family is from Denmark (I am first generation born in Canada) so it was fun to read. I get a lot of ebooks from the public library in Ottawa and use Overdrive. I just checked the latest book I have and the text is not justified. Maybe TPL books are available through it?

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    1. That’s nice to know you’re reading the same book! The justification is a pain – I tried to figure out where I can change it but it won’t let me. I can change margins, font, all kinds of things, but not the justification. Maybe I’ll google it… πŸ™‚


  3. Sometimes, justified text is just ridiculous. I had to learn how to justify text back in the pleoistamegalosaurus era when I was in high school taking typing classes that used actual typewriters.

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  4. Congratulations! I’m happy to see you took me up on the book idea – and I’m on the book’s chapter on the month of September. Reading it on my Kindle, the book is easier to read on that than what you described. I hope you find some laughs and some hot tips to try to play on (with) your clan of kiddos ;-)! Happy Summer!!

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  5. I just started Sharp Objects, which is by Gillian Flynn who wrote Gone Girl.

    I know we can download books from our library…..but I’m not sure about how wide the selection is or if it’s limited to certain devices. I think it used to only be available for Apple products. I should check on that again.
    Happy Reading!

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  6. I just finished a really good book “Strangers” by Ursula Archer and Arno Strobel. It is unusual in that the book is written by two people. Ursula is from Vienna and Arno is in Germany. The concept is very interesting: the female loses her memory and doesn’t remember her fiancee. She thinks he is a burglar. The male in the story has strange things happen to him at work. It is really interesting reading as it appears that the female writer wrote the female perspective and the male, the male perspective. It works. It is a really good book for the summer.

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