There aren’t that many hacks out there for us book-lovers out there, and I really hope that you would enjoy this list of hacks, and hopefully this can simplify your reading life in the best ways possible.
1. Audio books aren’t as bad as it sounds
I wasn’t really opened to audio books as an option in the beginning too. When I first heard about audio-books, I absolutely refused to try it, because I fear it’ll ruin the character’s unique voice in my head forever. But now I can assure you, the pros definitely outweighed the cons. It’s extremely convenient when you want to give your sore eyes some rest, and lets you ‘read’ when you’re lying down, and when you’re not reading. Audio-books would also come in handy when you want to read and don’t have the spare hands. Nowdays, thanks to the different variety of technologies and companies, it’s easier and cheaper for you to download and get these audio-books. Amazon’s Whispersync allows you to sync your ebooks with the audio-book version so you don’t have to waste time looking for the place you left off in the audio-book, and you can download audio-books from places like Audible.
2. Free books everywhere
It may seem too good to be true, but (happily), it’s true. I know right? Something as good as this exists??!! Of course you can just google the book and if you’re lucky you can find PDF versions of it and download it to your devices, or read it online for free in websites such as 8novels, but it can be awfully inconvenient and harmful to your eyes in this case. But did you know there are websites such as Instafreebie which allows you to download mobi files for your kindles to download just by simply signing up for author newsletters. It’s amazing! What other joys are there for a reader than free books?
7. Project Gutenberg
If places like instafreebie is for you to find free new and modern books, sites like Project Gutenberg would be a place for you to download and get the classics for free. The have over 45,000 free classics book in formats such as pdf, epub, and mobi. And you don’t even need to create a account or register.
4. Always try bring a book with you whenever you go
No matter how amazing the feeling is when you sit down and read in a cozy environment, sometimes busy lives and schedules just don’t allow us to do that. There would always be a time of open though – whether you’re waiting in line, waiting for a meeting, or just waiting for a class to start. You can use those spare times for good use, and before you know it you’ll realize you’ve already finished a book.
5. Read alone
I can’t be the only one who does this, but…things can tend to become emotional when one reads. I had screamed, laugh, and sobbed, all which I would prefer not to be seen in public. People will give you a weird look. This ‘hack’ is probably more than a tip, learned from my own experiences, but wouldn’t hurt to keep in mind.
6. Double check the library doesn’t already have the book you’re planning to buy before you buy them
If you have to pay for your own books with your own allowances (like me), you do not want to experience the regret and anger when you realize the library have the book you waste your money buying. Of course, if you want to buy it because you want to keep it, go ahead. But if you don’t know if the book is good or not and don’t want to misuse your money, this ‘hack’ can actually be pretty useful to you.
7. Make a bookmark out of the collage of all your favorite things
I’ve had this idea for so long now, but I’ve never actually got to do it. Doesn’t make it a bad idea though. It would represent and unite all the stuff you love, so you don’t have to worry about losing your bookmark again. I love all my bookmarks, but it’s one of the things that you will lose and never find again. So it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have just one bookmark that you love, rather than having 100 bookmarks that you also love but would lose. Websites that make Wordles can be a good idea too, since they can make beautiful pictures out of lists of things you love.