Using Technology To Become A More Diverse Reader
Reading books from different genres will improve your comprehension and memory. The average adult reads 12 books every year and many of them use apps to keep track of them. The most popular fiction genre is romance while self-help books take the top spot in the non-fiction genre. Choosing a wider range of genres to read doesn’t mean you have to clutter your home up with paperbacks and hardbacks, though, as technology makes it easier than ever to level up your reading. So, let’s find out how.
Read more than one book at a time
Most people read one book at a time. But reading multiple books at a time means you can read to suit your mood. For example, if you’ve had a bad day, you can avoid the gritty crime novel that you’ve started and delve into an uplifting general fiction book or romance book instead. You haven’t got to worry about losing track of all the books you’re reading either as technology can help you with that. A typical 8GB e-reader can store between 3,000 and 6,000 e-books. So, you can have multiple books from different genres downloaded to read whenever you want. E-readers also automatically mark where you’ve read up to, which means you’ll never lose your place – even if it takes you a few weeks to come back to the book.
Find new favorites
It’s normal for readers to have favorite authors. One survey included Stephen King, John Grisham, and J. K. Rowling as the nation’s top 3 novelists. When you have a preferred author, you’re likely to read most of the books they release. But this can limit the content you’re exposed to. There are several book apps and book discovery services that use algorithms and data analysis to find books for readers that they’ll love. These include Amazon, Goodreads, and BookBub. Technologies like this are how people often start reading Charles Spurgeon’s books. Some of his best-selling books include Morning and Evening, Following Christ, and Prayer and Spiritual Warfare. Spurgeon is often described as being optimistic, knowledgeable, and empowering. So, diversifying your reading can make a real difference to your well-being.
Add audiobooks to your routine
Sadly, most people don’t make time to read large amounts. The average American only manages 16.2 minutes of reading for leisure daily. However, listening to audiobooks while you go about your daily activities, such as cooking, driving, or exercising, is a great way to read more and expand the genres you access. One of the biggest advantages of using audiobooks is that you can transport yourself into your story as many audiobooks come with sound effects. This can really help you feel connected to the book which is beneficial when you’re reading a genre you’re not used to.
It’s easy to stick to reading what you know. But by branching out and expanding the types of books you read using technology, you can improve your knowledge, confidence, and overall well-being.