I know there are many “Yes’s” and “No-no’s” regarding e-Reading. I would love to know your thoughts about it, so please do not hesitate to comment on this post.
Here are a few reasons why I love my iPad mini when I crochet:
- NO MORE EXTRA EXPENSES for the ink cartridges & paper! Reading from an 8″ screen is easy & comfortable.
- SAVING STORAGE SPACE in my craft-office. Please understand me correctly – I LOVE PRINTED BOOKS & I will always buy a book if I love it’s content and a quality of the print, but there is no place on my bookshelves or in storage boxes for heavy binders with hundreds of printed pages.
- SUPER FAST ACCESS – I can find the pattern I need in seconds by using a search option in my electronic library. I usually store patterns in iBooks or Adobe Reader – these 2 apps are my absolutely favorite for reading on iPad!
- ENJOY PATTERNS ANYWHERE & ANY TIME! It’s like carrying thousands of pages in my purse – my entire Pattern Library!
First, you need to save the pattern to one of your previously installed apps (for example iBooks for Apple tablets). After you downloaded & opened the pattern in the browser on your tablet, you will have an option to open & save it through the app (you may need to tap the screen once to see this option).
Your PDF files will be saved and stored in your electronic library under the “PDFs” section. Choose the pattern you wish to use and it will open at the very first page. Bookmark pages as you go, by simply clicking a bookmark symbol on the top of the page. This will help you to remember a specific page if you need to take a break from your knit/crochet project.
You can also change your screen brightness for more comfortable reading and use a keyword search on the top of the page. For example you need to make ears next, so you type “ears” in search and it will bring the results for all pages in the pattern with this keyword. It’s that easy!
AUTO-LOCK TIP: If your tablet screen turns off automatically while you work on your project, it is easy to fix in your settings! Go to General settings on your tablet, choose “Auto-Lock”, and change settings to “Never”. Now, when you work on your project, your screen will never turn off automatically and your pattern will always be in front of you! I hope you enjoy your electronic library!