A Dose of Dijana: Reading Apps – And Not the Good Ones

Okay, I get it – there are apps for everything nowadays. I bet there’s even an app that allows you to control the apps on your phone.

But did you know there are some “reading” apps that actually offer to do the reading for you?!

YES, I KNOW – I was shocked as well!

Hold it now – let me go back to the start.

A while ago – since there are apps within apps now – I and a group of friends started playing this game on Messenger. *it’s called Everwing and it’s addicting and don’t hold me responsible if you fall for it. Btw, GOOOOO team Fluffy Monsters*

As anything and everything online nowadays, the app people make money in a simple manner – commercials. However, the app people – also known as developers & designers – were pretty smart this time.

They don’t just throw in the commercials whenever.

Nope. Instead, they make you watch short commercials in order to earn game points and trophies.

And yes, not proud of it, but you have a bunch of 7 adults and 1 child watching commercials on a game with flying dragons as sidekicks in order to get a few extra game perks.

Now that I think about it, they don’t even make you do anything – you just voluntarily press the commercials to achieve game milestones faster.

Anyhow, as any other reasonable human being would do – can’t believe I used the word reasonable within this blog post – I didn’t even pay attention to what the commercials were about. I was pretty happy as long as I was getting my extra gold. Boo hoo.

HOWEVER, there I am, going about my day as per usual – procrastinating – and a commercial gets my attention. Apparently, there’s this new reading app but since I was too busy multitasking – watching Netflix at the same time – I didn’t pay much attention to the full commercial.

So I think to myself – Oh, cool. Another app in which you get to buy or upload books and read them on the go.

Silly me – full of hope that people around the globe are finally letting go of the instant gratification thing and going back to the things that matter.

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Photo by Aliis Sinisalu on Unsplash

And that’s when it hit me – the main point of the app was that you could read several books in a day.

Wait a minute now – 4, 5, 6 books, in one day?

With a full-time job? With a busy life? What kind of sorcery is this?

Something was fishy.

So I googled the app and oh my God – the horror!

I even downloaded it but didn’t activate it. Based on the reviews in the comments, the app would still charge me approximately 80 bucks per year even if I signed up for the free trial, so I decided not to go with the risk of wasting 80 something bucks down the drain.

OH. MY. GOD.

*read this with the voice of Janice from Friends to understand me better*

Where do I even begin?

Point number one – do you know how many hardbacks you can get for $80?

Point number two is that no, you won’t read several books in a day – someone else reads 4, 5, 6 books and then tells you what the book is all about which is totally and completely different than reading the books yourself!

Point number three is that yes, I get why someone would want to use this app – you simply don’t have time to read but would still like to gain something out of books.

But come on now – would a real bookworm enjoy that?

Since I’ve been obsessed with artificial intelligence and how technology will keep developing in the future, it made me wonder – is that what reading will look like in the future?

Someone – a person, a robot, or maybe even a simple bot – will read the books you want to read – but don’t have the time for – and then quickly tell you all about?

Oh, hell to the no – I didn’t sign up for this!

See, for me, reading is a rather intimate experience. And I’m always one that goes for quality – not quantity.

I’m a firm believer that no matter what the book is about, everyone gets something different out of it based on who they are as a person and what they’re going through right now.

Sometimes, even if you read the same book in two different periods of life, you’ll get something different out of it. For example, The Little Prince – if you’ve read it once as a child, and once as an adult, it’s almost a completely different book!

While I’m very open-minded and (almost) never judge other people when it comes to their free time – I play a game with dragons, for God’s sake – sorry folks – gotta judge this one!

Why?

Because it feels like cheating – which is never a good option in the long run of things.

If you want to read – or listen to – something you’ll very likely forget in a day, download the app.

But if you want to get some real value, read the books yourselves – so everything you get out of them stays with you for quite some while.


Next time, I’ll be talking about the way we judge people based on the books they read! Is there something YOU would like me to write about? If so, drop us a comment and I’ll try to include it in some of my future posts!

Featured image photo by William Hook on Unsplash

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5 comments

  1. My initial thought was ‘what an odd concept, why would anyone want it?’
    Then it came to me. Students and school kids who don’t want to complete their reading assignments!
    After some thought, I can actually see the appeal when it comes to text books and the like – just get a summary of what it says.
    For novels though? Absolutely bonkers! There are some very strange people in the world indeed.
    Great rant by the way, I completely get where you’re coming from.

    1. Thank you! School kids and students make sense, lol – hope I haven’t given ideas now on how to skip their reading assignments. By their commercials though, I’m assuming their target group is the VERY busy people but then again, I’m not sure you can get what you’re looking for to get from a book if someone else gives it to you. (so deep, lol)

      1. You’re right. It takes all the meaning from it. As for students – they’ll always find away. At least, I know I did when I was in university lol

  2. You took the words out of my mouth Riley (or should I say out of my app?) 😀 For non-fiction facts for an exam OK, but for fiction, thankfully everyone has different likes and interpretations.

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