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Ten Advantages of E-book Readers

Ten Advantages of E-book Readers

Before I received an e-book reader as a gift, I was completely against them. I was among those paper book fundamentalists that considered e-books almost as a heresy, and reading them almost a mortal sin.

Gradually, reluctantly, I began to use my e-book reader, and to my surprise, I got used to it. It clearly has a lot of advantages over paper books, so I decided to take advantage of both worlds. Before, I read paper books only. Now, I would say that I dedicate 50% to e-book reading, and this percentage may increase in the future.

Below you will find the reasons that made me change my mind about e-book readers:

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1. Portability

My e-book reader is small and light. It fits easily in my handbag, so I take it with me everywhere I go.

2. Capacity

In the past, I had to take three or four books with me every time I went on holidays, just in case I found one of them boring, or I read more quickly than expected. Now, I can take more than 200 books without needing extra luggage.

3. Foreign language learning

Before, I was reluctant to read in languages other than my own. I had to stop reading and stand up to search the dictionary for a word I did not understand. Now, I just click the word and a window from the integrated dictionary pops up, displaying the definition of the word.

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4. Better reading

One of the steps reading experts advise for better reading is to underline and take notes. This is very easily done in an e-book. At the end, you can export your notes and you will have a personalized resume of the books you read.

5. Reading and eating

Have you had the annoying experience of not being able to read and eat at the same time? I did, but not anymore; the e-book will remain ‘open’ on the page you are reading as long as you wish.

6. Avoiding annoyances

Do you frequently lose the last page you were reading? This often happened to me in the past, but again, not anymore; the e-book reader saves your place and keeps it in memory for you.

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7. Free books

There are thousands of free e-books on the Internet. You can save a lot of money and time using an e-book reader; there is no longer any need to go to the book store or the library anymore.

8. Discretion

Are you reading a steamy book like Sade’s novels or the Fifty Shades of Grey series? This is no problem–you can read these kinds of books in public, and only you will know it.

9. Gain of space

Forget having tons of paper books. Your library will only take up megabytes on your computer. There are actually some free programs that help you organize your books like a pro. You will never lose a book again.

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10. Avoid traveling

You do not have to go to the library to get e-books. In fact, a lot of libraries have integrated e-books in their systems so that you can borrow them online. You do not have to return them either. Once the book is due, you will lose your “license” so that somebody else can read the e-book.

Keep in mind that you can also use your tablet to read, or even your computer. There are a lot of free programs out there for reading e-books.

A final piece of advice: EPUB is the best ebook format. It is lighter than pdf, and it allows you to turn the pages very quickly. I recommend giving it preference over other formats.

 

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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