Why Buy eBooks? My 5 Step Plan to Going Digital.

 

It took me a few years to fully embrace digital books. This post will tell you why buy ebooks and how I made the mental leap to loving digital books! | Organize 365

 

I can vividly remember last winter, when I was excitedly anticipating the day Nancy Fox’s new book Networking Like A Fox was available to buy.

The book was available as a digital download and as a printed book.

I really wanted the printed book, but I couldn’t wait to read it – so I bought the downloadable version.

This book is a keeper – one you read over and over again. I love to highlight books like this and flip through and reread chapters. I wasn’t sure how having only a digital copy of such a “meaty” book was going to work.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I met a dynamic coach and wanted to buy her book to get to know her and her style better. I jumped on the website and was disappointed to find that I would have to wait for a printed book to be shipped.

I checked my mailbox daily! I was very happy when my new book came, and it was worth the wait… I love how Kay signed my new book!

But this all got me to thinking. I write eBooks and buy them, but I was surprised that my palpable hesitation to buy an eBook version of a book last winter was replaced with a strong desire this fall to have an electronic eBook option.

What changed?

How to embrace and make the digital leap.

Technology is so interesting. One day, my little analytical mind is trying to figure out how to process my life in a less hands-on, more digital way. The next day, my brain has made the leap, and I no longer desire the handheld product anymore.

This happened last winter with my transition from a paper planner calendar to a Google Calendar. This summer, I apparently made the switch from paper books to eBooks. And I feel my brain currently leaping from my hands-on business accounting with paper receipts to a scanned digital version in January.

It took me a few years to fully embrace digital books. This post will tell you why buy ebooks and how I made the mental leap to loving digital books! | Organize 365

#1 I am such a hands on –visual – paper pencil kinda gal. I need to make my electronic jumps in one area of my life at a time.

I tend to waffle between the familiar paper land and the new electronic one for 3-9 months, often duplicating efforts just so I can get my “hands on” what I need when I need it until I am fully on board with the new digital solution.

It took me a few years to fully embrace digital books. This post will tell you why buy ebooks and how I made the mental leap to loving digital books! | Organize 365

#2 I need to “do it myself.” I need to understand WHERE my stuff is and HOW to find it when I need it. Even if I am going to delegate a task to an assistant, I want to at least be able to log in and see what’s going on or do a little myself here and there.

I learn best by DOING. Especially in this digital realm. I need to do it for a few weeks or months before it is “old hat.”

It took me a few years to fully embrace digital books. This post will tell you why buy ebooks and how I made the mental leap to loving digital books! | Organize 365

#3 My brain needs time to shift to the new way of accessing information in a digital format. When I am organizing a client, and I find nail clippers in 3 different locations, I immediately stop and ask, “If you need nail clippers – where do you go first?” THAT is where we store them all.

When I need “information,” my brain goes first to a previously bought book on a bookshelf {I have 4 bookshelves}, second into a Google search for research documents then third into a Google search for blogs to find other women going through my same experience.

My brain is now going to my iPad for books FIRST, to the point that I am going to seriously downsize our library and REbuy the reference books I still like as eBooks.

It took me a few years to fully embrace digital books. This post will tell you why buy ebooks and how I made the mental leap to loving digital books! | Organize 365

#4 I need to organize the technology. I am a piler by nature. If it is filed, I forget about it – and digital is a whole bunch of files! I pin programs to my task bar, have a ridiculously loaded Google Chrome Bookmarks bar and now an eBook library so I can SEE what I have.

Once I understood how to send all my PDFs and kindle eBooks to my iPad, I knew where to look for the eBooks.

It took me a few years to fully embrace digital books. This post will tell you why buy ebooks and how I made the mental leap to loving digital books! | Organize 365

#5 Clean up the leftover clutter. Once I make the leap, then I am free to rid my life of all of the physical clutter that is now online. In this case – books.

Tomorrow, I am going to give you a detailed post about HOW to download and buy eBooks, and different ways to store your eBook libraries.

So what about you? Are you a techy gal? How do you acquire new technology skills?

Organize 365 eBooks

 

Comments

  1. says

    I’m in the middle when it comes to technology too. I’ve got lots of books saved onto Kindle, Nook, Google Docs and in my Drop Box; but I also love love LOVE having the actual book in my hand, turning the pages, and highlighting the heck out of selected passages.
    I have my Google Calendar on the phone, IPad, tablet and computer; plus one on my refrigerator, desk at work, pocket in my purse and wall of my office.
    I think in some cases (for me) it’s nostalgic, but it’s also a little bit disorganized too.

    • says

      Ann I actually think it is easier to organize physical objects too. I know I can’t be the only one struggling with getting my brain to go digital! Thanks for your comment!
      :)
      Lisa

  2. Becky Dufore says

    I bought all 3 of your ebooks on Friday and have yet to receive them. I don’t know if something happened during the ordering process, but the payment cleared on my cc. I was wondering how I could get in touch with you and found this on ebooks, so I figured well, why not tell her what happened on here!!!

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