Saturday, November 13, 2010

Blogger Spotlight - A Brand NEW Feature! #1: Charlotte

Introducing: Charlotte from Lit Addicted Brit
Favourite recent read: 'No and Me' by Delphine de Vigan
My eReader:  A Sony eReader Touch Edition
About Charlotte: I've recently taken up a job as a lawyer after a LOT of studying to get here so every day is frantic, hardwork and intense but I lOVE it!!  I usually start out by commuting to the city from my village and get to squeeze in 45 minutes of reading.  I work quite long hours so it's all work until I commute back and manage to indulge in a book for 45 minutes on the way back!  Most evenings I just enjoy being at home with my boyfriend of four hours, reading and blogging and ignoring housework!!  At the weekends, I'm a sucker for a big comfy chair, big fire and long hours curled up with a book - big surprise! :-)

Click to read on about Charlotte and her reading habits! Mail me if you want a spotlight of your own!

Q1: If your e-reader could have one magic feature, what would it be? (Top of Wishlist)

I love my Sony eReader but sometimes I really wish it had an optional backlight.  It’s perfect during the day when there’s plenty of light and the screen is perfect then but it would top it off if I could switch on a backlight once it’s dark so I can carry on reading without having to resort to the old touch-under-the-duvet style!

OR that it had a wireless function so I could buy books while I’m out and about and read them straight away without having to rush back to my laptop.  Although I suppose that wouldn’t help my ‘To Read’ list at all…I know new readers are going that way though so that’s probably a wish for my next reader if, heaven forbid, anything happened to this one!

Q2: Did you consider other readers in the market? Why did you pick this one?

I considered the Sony Reader Pocket Edition, the Sony Touch Reader and the Kindle (although I can’t remember which version it was that I was looking at).  What swung it for me in the end were a couple of things. 

First, and mainly, I was a little miffed about the thought of only being able to buy from Amazon with the Kindle– my Sony means I can download books via the local libraries site (that terminate automatically to avoid fines!) or any website I fancy. 
Second, I love the touch screen on mine – it means I can scribble notes on the screen or highlight (or loads of other things I wouldn’t DREAM of doing to a “real” book) with a nifty little pen-thing.  

Q3: When do you read a paper book and when do you pick up an ebook?

I mostly tend to go with ebooks now, I must admit, for both convenience and space.  Our study is jam-packed and until I get my dream library, I just can’t keep adding to it at the rate I was.  I also love how light my little reader is and the fact that I can read with one hand and that my arms don’t get tired from holding up hefty paperbacks (a la ‘Pillars of the Earth’) and my handbags/posture don’t get ruined from lugging them around.

Having said that, I still buy and read paperbacks of series I’ve already started buying (eg. The Wheel of Time series) or favourite authors whose books I want to “collect” and may want to force on others or older books that I really fancy but can’t find reasonably priced ebook versions of. I’ll never buy hardcover books anymore but then, I never really did that before! 
P.S. Congrats, you read the entire spotlight - Don't you love the Yorkshire countryside photo? This is the view from Charlotte's reading nook!
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  1. Love this feature, Deepali! I'll definitely check out her blog, too...great questions and answers :)

  2. Hello fellow blogger! new follower to your page here. Just wanted to drop some *love* and say that you have a wonderful blog here! I'm new to blogging and would love if you could return the favor and follow my page! Happy Blogging!

    how many times do you think i used the word blog?

  3. Great idea! I have emailed you :)

  4. Aw, you've done an amazing job!!

    I've done a linking in post to make sure everyone knows they have to check out your wonderful blog!!

    Thanks :)

  5. @Melissa - thank you :) If you have any tweeks you want to suggest,please do.

    @vampgirl - thanks, following you back!

    @slowest bookworm - awesome! looking forward to it :)

    @lit - thank YOU!

  6. Cool new feature! I can identify with being so busy. Being able to curl up in front of a fire with a book sounds dreamy.

    Thanks for the add Dee! I'm a new follower now. Looking forward to reading your posts!

  7. Hopping by from the hop....stop by my blog to see my answer to this week's question.

  8. Great Interview!
    Happy I hopped by

    - Kylie

  9. Awesome idea and a great way to help spread the word and have others find new bloggers to follow! If your interested in changing your background talk to bloggy designs! Let her know I referred you. I bet she could help you come up with one that fits your blog title and what you have in mind. Hope your having a great day!
    Tiffany -

  10. I didn't even know Sony had a touch edition e-reader! I originally had a Sony Pocket version, but I wasn't all that happy with it, so I sold it and bought a Nook, which I love!

  11. Hi! Stopping by on the hop! I like this feature--a good idea!

    Thanks for stopping by the Brazen Broads site! We're your newest followers.


  12. Cool blog! Thanks so much for hopping by! Have a great week! =D

    btw, for some reason I could post on the Hop post =/

  13. @carissa - Thanks :) Cosy reading is the best kind! I find it easier to read the warmer I am, too.
    Sadly, no fires here in Southern India!
    @Kylie - Glad you hopped by too!

    @Tiffany - Useful advice, sounds like a plan :)

    @Natalie - There are way too many ereaders in the market now, I should do a compilation.

    @BBB - Thanks!

    @Larissa - Glad you stopped by..and you evidently have magick!

  14. Great interview! I love the eReader twist to the typical feature.

    I have a Sony eReader too, but I read tons and tons on my phone which uses a Kobo application. I'm tempted to get a Nook or Kindle.


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