Anyone who knows me knows me that I’m a bit of a bibliophile. My bookshelves are overflowing. I have piles of books on my bedside table. My dream house has to have a library. The amount of money I’ve spent on Bookdepository.com could have built said dream house.
There is something about printed books that can ignite that desire to read. The tactile experience of shutting a book when you’re finished (and occasionally sighing at this point) helps to finalise the reading experience. That smell, when the sunlight hits your books, is not something that can be replicated.
As an avid second-hand book buyer, there is also something magical about picking up a book and finding out things about the previous owner. Unlike others, I’m not averse to dog-earing books. They mark the places in time when they had to stop reading and you can imagine that the day they only got through one page of the book was the day something drastic happened. The notes in a margin bringing your attention to something or referring to another work that aligns with that particular passage.
Printed books are magical.
That’s not to say that I don’t understand the allure of e-books. My Kindle library is in the triple digits. Getting access to classic works of literature is addictive. Adding Audible narration for a few dollars is even more desirable.
However, my heart remains in amongst the books on my bookshelf.
What do other authors prefer: print or electronic?
I love print books but as I live in Italy finding English language books is sometimes hard, and even when I can they tend to be very expensive. For this reason I’ve switched to using the free kindle app on my ipad for most of my reading. I love having such a wide selection of books at my fingertips (so much easier than packing print books to take out and about with me). I did recently try my first audiobook. I liked the fact that I could multitask whilst listening to it, but don’t think it’s the format for me. I found the character voices distracting, and prefer to imagine them in my head as I read.
I’m very visual, so audio books don’t work for me. I have a hard time tracking with the story. I prefer print books, but ebooks are great for traveling or for getting some of the indie books that aren’t available in New Zealand.
I prefer print books, but end up reading in the Kindle app on my phone most often.
Definitely Print. I spend enough of the day staring at an electronic screen. My eyes need a break when I read. I do enjoy audio books for long drives. It makes time pass much faster!
I’ll always take print over anything. Not only do I enjoy the feel of a book in my hand, there’s also something so satisfying about looking at my bookcases full of books. The only time I do tend to go for ebooks is when that’s the only option available for that book or I just can’t seem to find a copy anywhere. I’ve also recently begun listening to audiobooks during long drives.
As I mentioned earlier in the month, I love physical copies of books that are my ‘favorites’. They have special spots on my bookshelf and are treated like trophies. I treat them with care when I re-read them. As for a favorite FORMAT for books… I actually really love audio books. They are great for car rides and really help to transport you into the world of the book. The Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale was TOP NOTCH. Eragon and the Narnia series were also both very well read with sound effects and background music to go along with the story!
I used to believe that I would never love anything but paperbacks, but it seems another love has overtaken that truth. I have discovered the world of Kindle Unlimited and now I breeze through ebooks like they’re candy. I’ve also discovered audiobooks are good to listen to on long drives alone, but only if they have a good narrator. So… paperbacks are no longer my first love, and I can’t really make up my mind which of the three I prefer. I still love a good paperback, but I’m not going to trash the other two formats either.
While ebooks and Kindle Readers are convenient I am a paperback girl all the way. This doesn’t mean that I don’t or won’t read an ebook, a lot of my favorite books were read on the Kindle App. But I prefer to have the pages in my hand, so that I can feel and smell the pages as I read. I also enjoy audiobooks, especially when I am traveling.
I prefer a book. I usually read around the pool or in the bath tub and that doesn’t work for e-readers. Plus I love the smell of books.
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