In the past, I’ve written about using your MP3 player for listening to lots of content and shuffling it around. But the longer I use my Nook, the more convinced that there’s something new and even more incredible out there. I’m not referring to the apps that you can get, either. Rather, it’s that an eReader provides an especially nice way of shuffling written content.
I’ve long advocated using multiple texts or study tools in learning a language. But in the old days, this meant a stack of books with bookmarks and a notebook to the side. With the eReader/tablet, though, your reader will remember where you left off with regular books while PDF apps like ezPDF will remember where you were in your PDF file, which you can read through just like a book.
There’s one other nifty thing out there these days: PrintToPDF. I use Firefox, and so have installed the PrintToPDF plugin, though comparable options exist for most browsers. The neat thing about this is that it allows you to go to a set of web lessons, print them to PDF and dump them on your eReader, thus providing that content when you’re not on wifi and remembering where you were reading the next time you pull it up.
If you’re looking for you next investment for language learning, I’d suggest the Nook Tablet or the Kindle Fire. This will enable you to carry around several books for your study and keep track of how far you’ve gotten with them for little effort beyond the occasional printing and syncing of files.