You Can Take It With You
June 22, 2013

You Can Take It With You

I am a reader. A voracious reader, at that. During a normal day, I read more than I do almost anything else. I read for my profession, for pleasure, for learning, for others, for myself, and for writing. I tend to prefer to read something in print, something I can hold; however, I will read whatever I can. Recently, I added the National Geographic magazine app to my iPad. I have long subscribed to the print magazine, and I still receive those; but I decided to try out the e-magazine when I renewed my subscription.

Before seeing it, I was skeptical. I was not sure how well I would enjoy Nat Geo via my iPad. I love to hold the magazine in my hands, flip through it once without really reading anything, just to feel the pages, feel the stories, before I dive in. I feared that the app would not satisfy that for me.

What I found, though, was that I kind of enjoy reading the mag on my iPad. I take the device with me just about everywhere I go including on vacations, conference trips, or just to run errands. So to have access to the Nat Geo app has turned out to be really cool and convenient. I really appreciate being able to take it with me.

It is set up in a completely navigable way so that I can still do my brief skimming before actually devouring each story. Plus, the app has other opportunities. For instance, in the June 2013 e-version of the magazine, the app has a function where readers can do jigsaw puzzles. What is more is that the pictures used for the jigsaw puzzles are selected amongst images submitted by readers. And it is updated daily so that everyday readers can do several different puzzles. It really is a cool addition.

Plus, some of the images are animated, which is definitely not something that I see in the print magazine. I love the viewing options and the toolbar of the app as well. It really is well done and easy to use, which are two necessities.

I will always still prefer the print magazine, but I am definitely pleased with the app. I feel much the same way for the Kindle app on my iPad. I am textile, and I love to feel my books. It makes me connect to the stories more, feel like I am an active part of it. But the Kindle app (and the Kindle devices, I would assume) is uber convenient. When I travel, I can take dozens, maybe even hundreds, of books with me yet only have to tote my iPad device. The convenience is almost unbeatable.

Technology like the National Geographic magazine app definitely adds to my life. I am really glad that I decided to try it out. This experience has inspired me to explore more apps for reading and research. I will always be one who prefers to feel her words in a print book, but I will not shy away from the ability to read the things I love no matter the medium. I am grateful for technology’s role in making reading more available. If you have a chance and the inclination, I would highly suggest the Nat Geo app. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Happy reading!

Image Credit: National Geographic

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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