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A Good Book - Page 4 - Carers UK Forum

A Good Book

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LazyD, I've started on Nicholas Sparks now. x x
Good, I hope you enjoy his books. Image
I think that I will. x x
I'm currently reading the "Short life and times of Mrs Beeton" to my mum. It's fascinating, and I'm learning how to read out loud to someone else. TIP: Read at half the speed you think you should, and you'll get it about right.
She's always been an avid reader but now can only read with a magnifying glass. I call her Mrs Magoo!
She's finally agreed to see an eye specialist who'll do a free eye test from her home. God knows how it will go... wish us luck! Image
Sahejar,would your mother be prepared to try an I-pad or kindle.My husband lost most of his sight a few years ago,and had to have talking books from the RNIB.He doesn't read the sort of book I do,and he would wear headphones for most of the talking.Now though, he has found that he can read ordinary books and enlarge the print to suit himself. He is reading all sorts of books,and branching out to new authors(something he never did before).
There are loads of e-books which are out of copyright and free to download. It is brilliant to have so much choice.
Dear Lasy Daisy
That's a brilliant idea I never thought of. My mum's not very techy... but even so! She used to love reading. I think you maybe onto something here. I can but try!
Still wish us luck with the home testing for glasses (I'm dreading it!)
Just finished Sanctus by Simon Toyne.
Not what I would usually go for, but it was a freebee with another I had for my birthday so thought I'd give it a go
It wasn't bad actually, short chapters ....which is great if like me every time time you sit down with a book you hear your name....and quite a good story.
It is a trilogy, so will keep an eye out for the others.
Dear Lasy Daisy
That's a brilliant idea I never thought of. My mum's not very techy... but even so! She used to love reading. I think you maybe onto something here. I can but try!
Still wish us luck with the home testing for glasses (I'm dreading it!)

Sajehar, having spent time with LazyD and her family I have seen what a difference the I pad has made to her husband.
I was surprised to find out that J. Rowling can read good books for adults
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjaeurvEko0
I used ot read Harry Potter stories with my kids and The Casual Vacancy surprised me. A lot.
I asked my niece and nephew if they had kindles, Ipads, what have you. They didn't.
I was a bit disappointed coz I wanted to test them out on mum first.
Anyway, I got talking to dad about this, and was amazed he's been looking into it himself. Apparently, his pub cronies are always whipping out these things, looking stuff up on the internet (why do they still charge tolls on the Mersey tunnel, etc) and he wants one too!
Boys and their toys, eh!

He wanted to know what the difference was between an Ipad, Iphone, tablet and laptop. I hadn't got a clue, so we Googled them.
He now wants to get mum the new Tesco thing out, reasoning that if she didn't take to it, it would still be useful for him. As an after thought he added, "And you too. Stop you cluttering up the place with books."

My question is this: Can you actually download books with the Tesco wotsit, and is it as good as the Kindle when it comes to increasing size of text, etc?

Not much good spending £60-70 if it doesn't (it's supposed to be for mum's benefit not his) if by spending a bit more she can read again. But then again, if the Tesco thingy can do that, why not? We can all benefit from it.
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