Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Enjoying the Kindle app on my mobile device(s)

Recently, I did some personal traveling (vacation) and it was great to have tablets for the kids. I had movies playing on the iPad and the ThinkPad Tablet. Meanwhile, I did some writing on my laptop and my wife was working with photos and videos on her Mac. When I a chance to sit back and relax by the pool, I pulled out a tablet and did some reading using the Kindle app. One of the great features about this app is that you can sync your reading across all your devices. What this means is that I can be on page 44 on my iPad. Then, I can put the device away and later if I'm standing in line, I may pull out my Android smartphone and open the Kindle app. It takes me right to page 44 where I left off on my iPad. This reading "sync" is a convenient feature that helps you read through books while remaining device agnostic.

Right now, I'm roughly 1/4 of the way through a book. I did roughly 75% of my reading on my ThinkPad Tablet, about 10% on my Android smartphone, and 15% on my iPad.

This seems like a great way to help medical students keep up with their studies. They should have synchronized textbooks that are accessible on any mobile device. This way, whether they have a tablet or a smartphone, they can read, review, memorize, and work through various clinical subjects to achieve mastery. I didn't have that luxury when I was a student. I still remember carrying heavy textbooks in my backpack and wondering when these things would enter the digital era.

Some of you have probably never purchased an e-book (or digital book). Well, there's a first time for everything. If you're not sure about digital reading, you can test it out by installing the Kindle app on your mobile device and reading some free classics like The Art of War or the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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