I remember thinking the same thing you probably are when someone suggested it to me too.

There’s no way I’m reading a book on my iPhone. That’s insane.

Somehow, my brain instantly categorized this preposterous notion as on par with fishing for King Salmon with a toothpick and dental floss.

Not happening.

And what was my main reason against it?

That’s too much to read on so small a screen.

Somehow, I saw my brain melting as it tried to cope with all the text. There’s just no way to stay focused over that long a period. Is there?

That’s about the time that reality set in, and I asked myself just how much do I read on my iPhone in a day anyway? The truth—as you might imagine—is that I read on it a whole heck of a lot. And chances are, you probably do too.

I read blog posts, weather alerts, headlines, news articles and product reviews. I read text messages, emails, phone numbers and addresses. I read instructions, quotations and statistics. I read comments, tweets, status updates and pins. Not to mention, I wrote on it a ton (this post not withstanding).

Come to think of it, I hardly use my iPhone to call anyone. All I really do is read on it.

So if reading a book on my iPhone is technically feasible—which it is, given Amazon’s Kindle reader (which I much prefer over iBooks)—than I asked myself the second most obvious question: why on earth would I want to?

The answer to this one, of course, is simple.

Because it’s with me. Constantly.

I’m not sure how your perfect reading scenario looks, but mine goes something like this:

I’m sitting in an overstuffed leather chair beside a crackling fireplace in my massive library. I have my favorite pair of slippers on, my grandfather’s pipe, a warm sweater, and mahogany table with a Tiffany desk lamp warming the pages of my favorite tome with soft incandescent light. I’m like my own personal PBS special.

And how often does this happen?

Uh. Never.

Why? Because I can hardly remember the last time I had twenty uninterrupted minutes all to myself. It’s not because I don’t want it, or think it’s important; but with the beautiful family I have, as well as the amazing church, businesses and relationships I live to foster, such “ease” is not apart of the season I’m in. And honestly, nor should it be.

And yet there is still the quite-necessary requirement that I must read in order to better myself and those who’ll be touched by my life.

Why read on your phone? While you may not have the perfect time frame or the perfect environment, you do have the perfect convenience. And that’s your phone.

It’s always with you, always remembers where you left off, and is always full of your favorite books. Sure, there’s no trumping your hardcover library collection, but that’s not the point. Your phone is your instant-access entry point into the pros that you never have to leave on the proverbial shelf.

As a result, you’ll read more. If you’re always waiting for the perfect scenario, then you’ll keep putting off reading those books you know you should be reading “when the time is right.” Guess what? If you’re really a doer, the cold hard truth is that the time is never going to be right, what with those long rainy nights curled up in the bay window with your cat. But there is time while you sit there getting your oil changed, while you’re in the waiting room, on the walk back to your office, while you wait for your lunch appointment to show up, when you’re standing at the bus stop, elevator, subway, flight, carriage ride.

Wait, strike that. You should never read during a carriage ride.

The point is, reading on your phone can finally kill the procrastinator in you once and for all. (It’s even a great device to write on).

So go on. Download a book and give it a try. Yes, the first few swipes on that tiny screen may frustrate you or even infuriate you. But chances are, once you get past the physiological aversions to it, reading on your phone may just become your next overstuffed leather chair.


PS :: If you need a book to start with, my book The Sky Riders is only $0.99 on Kindle right now.


(While not exactly my description above, I randomly found this image on Pinterest after published my post).


Gabe · 3 Jan ’14 at 11:16 am

Never thought of it that way!
Lately I’ve not gotten much time to read because I’ve been waiting for the “perfect time”…
I’m totally going to try this.

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Jan ’14 at 2:03 pm

    @Gabe: let me know how you fair; of really like to know.

Davebuckles · 4 Jan ’14 at 12:24 am

Man! A guy I work with constantly reads on his phone, makes me think about reading more. And now this, perfect. Def trying it out fella. Much love

P.s. You know what they say about procrastination? Never mind, I’ll tell you in person

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Jan ’14 at 2:02 pm

    @Dave: Ha – nice! Well, glad to be a small push in the right direction. Let me know what you start reading first!

natedogreimer · 9 Jan ’14 at 8:29 am

Agree 1000% (yes that’s a real number, look it up). I’ve read more books last year than ever because of my 10 minute (each way) bus ride in to work. I just bought a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ and absolutely love reading on it. It’s about the weight of a book, size of a book, and with the leather cover feels like a book, but the best part as you described above, it has 1000s of books and countless other resources at my fingertips.

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Jan ’14 at 1:55 pm

    This is point and case right here, people! Precisely!

    Such a good addition to this post; thank you, Nathan.

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