Book Gadget v0.72

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tutorial: How to Hold Your Kindle or E-reader in Your Hands JUST LIKE A REAL BOOK!

Several readers have told me that they would love to buy my ebooks, but you see, when they read they like to “hold the book in their hands.”

Until recently, I didn’t realize how complicated a problem this actually was.  To remedy it I’ve decided to write a detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how to hold a Kindle or other e-reader in your hands just like a real book.  If you follow these instructions very carefully and concentrate, paying close attention to all the details, I’m almost sure it will solve your problem.

Step 1.  Buy a folder-over cover as shown here, and attach it to your e-reader using the instructions provided by the manufacturer.


 Step 2.  Grasp your e-reader with both hands as shown:


Step 3.  With your left hand, grasp the front flap of the cover (pay attention here, this is the key step).  Pull it open as shown.



Step 4.  Sit back and read, holding it just like a real book!




Note:  If you’re left-handed, it’s probably best to substitute “right” for “left,” and vice-versa, in Steps 2 and 3. 

Extra for Advanced Readers

Once you have practiced this for a couple of months and really have it down, here is an advanced step that some particularly agile readers prefer to master.  I call it the “one-hander.”

Step 5 (advanced).  Hold your e-reader open, as in Step 4 above.  Very carefully, shift the weight of your e-reader into your left hand.  Now, even more carefully, remove your right hand and...voila!  You will be amazed to see that you are now holding your e-reader with one hand, just like a real book.

Look Ma, only one hand!
There is one more bit of advice I have for the truly die-hard paper book folks (you know, the ones who care more about the paper than the words printed on it).  By a canister of Smell of Books spray and dispense it lightly over the cover of your e-reader every now and then.  


I understand that most readers prefer “Classic Musty Smell,” but some of the hardcore paper book freaks prefer the more pungent “Eau You Have Cats” aroma.

If you have any questions, please ask!


33 comments:

  1. Awesome blog post! Enjoyed this!

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  2. That was great!

    I feel like rushing out and buying a Kindle to see if I can master these instructions.

    I see now why you are teaching at Oxford...you are good! Really good at explaining thing.

    I've added myself as a follower...must follow someone this clever! Must!

    Cheers, Jenny (I'm still laughing!)

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  3. This is too, too good! And I love the illustrations. Don't tell, show!

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  4. Hysterical. A real snort-coffee-at-the-monitor post! I'm sending this to a friend of mine. Heh, heh.

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  5. Great post! I'm wondering what scent the spray would be for romance books! :-O

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  6. Thanks for sharing! Awesome post!

    Donica Covey

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  7. HAHHAAHA YES! I so loved this...because really, it's so wonderful that there's a way to get more books published and out there...I understand the appeal of a "real book" but there's a future happening NOW...embrace it.
    Awesome tutorial, made me laugh, definitely.

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  8. Wow!! Mike this is amazing!! Thank you so much!!! heeheehee love it!!!!

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  9. Wow! such a revelation! ;) you are awesome mike haha

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  10. I almost fell out of my chair...LOL Hilarious.

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  11. If you're NOT reading Mike Wells...what's WRONG with you?? Funny to the next step!

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  12. Very Funny-Snark at its best. ;-) (Don't tell anyone but it actually was good advice) clears throat, carry on....

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  13. Love it. I love ebooks. My wife says she just can't part with the "tactile experience". Hmm...

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  14. Hi Mike

    Is there a problem with your free downloads? The Kindle and PDF version of Wild Child get about 1/4 of the way and then stop downloading, for me.

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  15. Hilarious. Thank you for the instructions and I will bookmark this page to return to when I finally give in and buy a kindle. The 'one-hander' looks kinda complicated though ...

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  16. I almost fell off my chair laughing when I got to the part about the spray! Great post.

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  17. Excellent. I got my Kindle as a Christmas gift from one of my daughters. I've loaded it with books I don't have time to read, just in case I get caught somewhere without anything urgently demanding my attention. I am so glad someone finally explained to me how to hold it properly. ;~)

    Now, where do I buy the spray? LOL.

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  18. LMAO! Excellent!

    I must say though - after trying both (with the proper holding technique! haha), I still prefer paper books over e-books. It just isn't the same curling up on the couch with a tablet (also - paper never hurts my eyes like a screen does). However, this won't stop me from taking full advantage of the (usually) cheaper e-books.

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  19. You brought a smile to my face. Love it!!!

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  20. That's great. Lol!! Love the scents! :)

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  21. This is fantastic... Made me smile!!

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  22. Nice article, thanks for the information. It's very complete information. I will bookmark for next reference
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