Nexus 7, Mid-Continent Public Library, and Me
August 21, 2013
I am pleased to report the new Nexus 7 and Mid-Continent Public Library work well together. I installed MCPL's Android app and it allows me to access the Library's website, check out and renew books, and place items on hold. Online Resources are also accessible. Additionally, I installed and used OverDrive, the app used to access eBooks and audiobooks, with no problems.
I found one glitch. In order to view magazines using Zinio, Adobe Flash needs to be installed. It’s not available in Google Play Store. There is probably a work around, but I’m not tech savvy enough to figure it out.
My big AHA! moment was not that the Nexus 7 is the best tablet out there. I am sure there are other tablets with high ratings. Rather, it is that my new tablet measures only 7.02 inches diagonally, from corner to corner. It fits in my purse with room to spare. To my surprise, I can read an eBook with ease. No squinting and no tired hands from holding a heavier device. For me, this is truly revolutionary! The books I download from MCPL are now available to me wherever I am (as long as I remember to pack my tablet.)
I have downloaded Dr. Mehmet Oz’s YOU: The Owner’s Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition. Surely, if I read enough books on how to be healthy, something is bound to sink in. I have also downloaded the audiobook Monkey Mind by Daniel B. Smith. I tried reading the hardcover version, but I got so anxious about the topic of anxiety that I couldn’t sit still long enough to read the book. Because my tablet has good audio speakers, I have decided to listen to the book while cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry. Mundane activities surely should decrease anxiety. I might even finish the book.
Bigger is not necessarily better. If you are thinking of buying a tablet, check out a 7-inch. I recommend holding all prospective purchase choices in your hands, look at their screens, and decide for yourself. Oh, and one last point, smaller is usually cheaper.