One of the advantages of using many of the eReaders out there is that you don’t necessarily have to have a designated eReader. While the Nook and the Kindle both have options for eReading specifically rather than general tablets that allow for an eReading app, you can download that app onto just about any mobile device you have. The decision to use an eReader on your smartphone, though, does come with a few consequences. You’ll need to make sure that you remember the following things to get the most out of your reading experience.
Synching May Take You a Little Too Far Forward or a Little Too Far Back
One of the great benefits of eReaders is the fact that the software keeps you at the right point in the eBook. No matter where you are, it remembers. When you read it on multiple devices, it also keeps track, opening the eBook up onto a separate device at the same point. The catch, though, is that the screen size on your smartphone and on your tablet or designated eReader will be drastically different. The average smartphone screen is about four or five inches whereas the average tablet is between seven and eleven inches. This means that the place that the eReader says you left off at may not be the actual place where you left off. Be prepared to flip a couple of pages ahead or a couple of pages back if you’re switching from a larger screen to a smaller one.
Automatic Resolution Adjustment May Need to be Manually Activated
In some cases, your eReader app may actually make the font size too big on your smartphone. Most eReader apps have been designed to improve reading conditions and prevent eye strain. This is particularly true if you have set up your account for “increased font size” or “increased reading ease.” This option typically appears under the Advanced Settings. When you switch to the eReading app on your smartphone, rather than viewing it on your tablet, you will wind up with font that is too large for you to view more than a few words at a time. You’ll need to access the settings on your individual app and correct them. Remember that this is app specific. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading eBooks for android devices specifically or pdf files that have been properly formatted. The automatic resolution adjustment will have to be manually altered if you have selected increased reading ease.
Automatic Scrolling Is a Bad Idea
Some of the eReader apps out there allow you to automatically scroll throughout the eBook at a pace you choose. Don’t do this on your smartphone. While an eReader can be adjusted for your preferred reading speed, it will generally be too slow on your smartphone. It will only take you a few seconds to scan the contents of your screen, and then you can just select the next page. It’s easier to do this manually rather than trying to automate it.
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