Like so many other people, I enjoy reading for pleasure. My favourite topic is science fiction. I also ‘listen’ for pleasure, borrowing books on CD’s from the library and listening to them while I do my morning exercises. I rarely buy books, I borrow them from my local public library.
Earlier this school year, I had an interesting experience in my classroom that changed how I borrow and read material from my library. In my grade 12 chemistry class, we were going through the introduction to quantum mechanics section of the atomic structure unit. I like to add information from one of my favourite science authors, Brian Greene. He is a theoretical physicist who has a knack of explaining some of the more esoteric topics of quantum mechanics and string theory in a way that makes it accessible to us non theoretical physicists. He has also helped create NOVA science episodes based on his first two books, ‘Elegant Universe‘ and ‘Fabric of the Cosmos‘. I enjoyed his first two books so much that I bought them (a rare occurence for me).
While scanning his website, I noticed that he recently published a new book, ‘Hidden Reality’. I couldn’t wait to get a hold of that book. As my students were working hard on problem questions at the time, I took out my trusty iPod touch and searched my local public library’s mobile website for the book. I didn’t know that, by default, this site returned results for only their ‘digital’ library. My library had an e-book version of Brian’s new book. In about 4 clicks and less than 30 seconds, I had an electronic copy of the book on my iPod ready to read (I had it fully read in a week!).
Since then, I do almost all of my reading for pleasure digitally through my iPod touch (it also helps me get my money’s worth out of my new bifocals!!).