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I read almost everything on my iPhone via the Substack app or the Kindle app. I have everything set to dark mode (with nighttime mode after 8pm so it eliminates the blue light) and I have matte screen protectors on both which makes a huge difference- everything looks like a page.

I don’t have any notifications turned on except calls and texts from my husband. I also don’t have any social media apps so that helps. Really the only thing to do on my phone or iPad is read. In this way my phone and iPad function a lot like a Kindle! But with a browser, directions, a camera, and docs (where I write) too!

I’ve been doing thjs ever since I Marie Kondo’d my phone almost 10 years ago. Back then I decided to optimize it for reading and writing so I’d always have a book with me and a way to write. My phone became very undistracting at that point. But it seems like you’re reading system is very undistracting too. I was definitely a kindle paperwhite person for a long time before I switched to my phone.

Serials though I’m with you. I read short fiction via Substack. But largely wait until the book is done and I can read it on Kindle. I did start reading this one though and I like it because it comes with a lot of author commentary. We’ll see how it goes! It’s a new time for reading and my reading habits have definitely evolved as the medium has! https://theeggandtherock.substack.com/

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Thanks for trying, Elizabeth! :P

I am working on this, as it's become increasingly apparent that it's a bit of a blocker, especially for new arrivals to the book. First up will be an ebook compilation of the whole story, exclusive to paid subscribers. That way all paid subscribers get a link to a convenient ebook they can download and keep, which is a pleasant way to catch up on the story so far. That ebook will be periodically updated to include new chapters.

Following that I also want to do ebook and print collections of the story. Rather than be the whole thing, this will form a series, with each collection being around 50k words. That way people can grab ebook and print versions without having to become a subscriber.

My theory is that it's all about giving people options, as everyone likes to read in different ways! I don't want to try to force everyone into having to read chapter-by-chapter on Substack.

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There was a time when I used Instapaper to save online articles and email feeds, for later. But then I would never get around to reading them. So now I read everything I need to in NetNewsWire on my laptop (mainly blogs and Substack newsletters).

I allocate specific days of the week to read these articles, because they are not time-sensitive. This method seems to work for me. Am not a fan of reading on my iPad or smartphone.

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I’ve been exploring other reading options lately, too. I’m with you on the busy-ness of my phone: and it’s mainly the communication apps (email, messaging, etc) that call to me . . . oh, wait! What about that thing I was going to search online? xD

Interesting workaround for your RSS items. I’ve been exploring using my Kindle for library books and for various documents, I’ve found a workaround for some of the webpages I need to dive into, but hadn’t figured out what to do yet about newsletters. I’ll have to consider your path for those.

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I can relate to your challenge in reading on phone/tablet due to the temptation to check email/use other apps, etc.

It sounds like you've arrived at a similar approach as me (thought with more work involved): I save everything to Pocket and then read on my Kobo (which has built in Pocket support). It's automatic and always in sync. No need for the manual process you've cobbled together. For me, totally worth the ~$100 for a Kobo but to each their own.

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Converting Substack articles to Kindle files is a terrific idea!

While I have both my phone and Kindle by the bedside, I keep the Kindle in front of my phone so it's the first device I reach.

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