Friday, June 28, 2013

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Q: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

 

Well, this is going to turn into a mini-rant/explanation.  So for those of you short of time, the quick answer is paperback.

Okay, so the order of reading preference is thus:  paperback, hardback, ebook for my kindle, pdf on my comp, then my phone or audio books last.

 

In detail:

  Paperbacks are relatively affordable, even when money is tight, they are small and easy to use for traveling, in the purse, etc.  Now, if a book is over 500 pages I prefer hardback as a paperback just doesn't seem to hold together very well then.

Hardbacks I like to collect but not read as  much.  They look great on shelves, but I always fear the cover or book corners will be damagd it I move around with it.  So when I do read a hardback it is usually at home.

 Ebooks-while I do read ebooks, most ebooks I have are free or are review copies.  I rarely buy them.  Why?  

1) There is something about the feel of a book.  The touch, smell, weight and actually turning pages.  

2) Physical books last forever practically.  Now, some parts of the world that is different but most places where I have lived/would live it is not an issue.  My question to ebooks is this-what happens to your books when Amazon/B&N etc are gone or when technology changes again.  To me-think about movies.  We had VHS-now we can't buy them and for tapes we may have good luck finding a player for them.  So any vhs you have is obsolete.  Then DVD's.  They too are becoming a think of the past.  So what happens to ebooks when the next wave comes out?  For me that is hundreds-thousands of books lost.  While paperbacks that I currently own do not rely on any technology.  If I lose power for a week, I can still read!

3) EReaders are worth money.  People can and will steal them.  So I hate taking them to work, leaving them in my car, etc.  Plus if what if I drop it and break it or it just plain stops working as any electronic does eventually.  Now I have to fork out a lot of money to read again.  Meanwhile people aren't as likely to steal a book.  No one will break into a car over a book.  If a book is damaged it is a lot cheaper to replace 1 book that is $6-30 vs. an EReader at $120-$400. 

 

Reading on My Computer-I do not like it!  Again, technology reliance.  Plus much harder to move around with.  I am stuck stationary with this one.

Audiobooks- Frankly, I do not even consider this reading.  I know many disagree. Just my opinion-this is a rant for another time.

Phone-Umm...no screen is way to small to read.  Plus, I hate my phone.  

 

 

So I hope I have not offended anyone here.  These are just my opinions for my personal life and other opinions are always welcome.  

What are your reading preferences?  Or lack thereof? 

 

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32 comments:

  1. I started reading ebooks when my bookcases began overflowing. I like reading self published writers and many don't have a print copy available.
    Followed via bloglovin.

    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

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    1. Self-published I can fully understand. (Further commenting on your blog) :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I hadn't even thought of what might happen as e-formats change. It could mean that I would have to keep the old reader to access these books (like keeping a vcr) and then getting something new.

    You're right in that physical copies would still be there even as e-reader technology changes, but my issue is I just don't have the room to store anymore physical copies.

    Through the years I've created libraries time and again due to moves where I couldn't take them with me (or my mom selling them off). It wouldn't be the first time I had to start all over but it would make me sad.

    You've given me some things to think about and I'm a new Bloglovin' follower :)

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

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    1. If just makes me wonder and scares me with technology. Video games are the same way. I have games for PC that I cannot play anymore because Windows 7 and 8 don't support them. So I can never play these games again unless I want to pay a tech expert a lot of money to build a comp and keep it running.

      I know all too well about moving. No one in my family ever wants to hear that again. When I hire people to help , I always tell them it isn't the furniture to worry about, it is the boxes, upon boxes of books.

      Thanks for following!

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  3. Bleh! I hate reading on computers. They make my eyes hurt and it takes away from the overall reading experience. I'd much rather have a paperback or Kindle in my hands. xD

    Thanks for stopping by! Old Follower.
    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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    1. Yea. I hate when I request a book on Netgalley, get approved, just to find out it is an adobe read....grrr.. I wish they would say so before I would request. Even if the book sounds interesting, I would probably pass on it for most books.
      Thanks for the return stop :)

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  4. You're right about paperbacks lasting forever. I recently read my copy of Crime and Punishment that I bought almost 40 years ago, and it's still in good shape. I hate reading at the computer, so getting an e-reader for Mother's Day was a good deal, considering I have a lot of ebooks. But ultimately I prefer to hold a book in my hands. And audiobooks - I don't like. That's not reading, that's listening. I'm more visually oriented, and prefer to read for myself.

    Thanks for the follow! I am a huge yaoi fan, and bought a bookcase just to hold my yaoi!

    Julie @ Full Moon Dreaming

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    1. I have books that belonged to my great-great grandparents. No joke. Still in fairly good condition (some yellowing from age but that is normal).
      I am with you on audiobooks. I know a lot like them, but I just don't call it reading. Please, it takes away from my imagination use listening to them read it. I like the voices in my head better. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love this answer! So detailed.

    Thanks for dropping by my FF.
    New Bloglovin' follower.
    Nina @ The Bookish Confections

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  6. I love my kindle! But for some of my books, ones that I really love, I have beautiful hardbacks because they do look nice :)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF post earlier.

    Have a great Sunday.

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    1. Cover can make a difference. I try not to dismiss a book by the cover but it is hard when an author does seem to take the time or money to have one made. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I hate reading on my computer as well! Kindle for the win! But I love print books too :D

    Thanks for visiting my blog! New Linky follower!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  8. I am with on the technology. You can always read a printed book. With e-readers, there's a chance (like a computer) you can lose everything. You have to live by electricity. A book you can read by candle light! :-)

    Great post! Old follower on GFC and Bloglovin'.

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    1. Yes! And I used to live in an area with power outages were common and long. I find it funny how people whine there is nothing to do when the power is out. Especially once the batteries where down on phones, etc. I just smile and wave my book at them.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Love your answer Jay! I agree- I like hardcovers more for their appearance, but I agree with paperbacks being too large and the fear of them falling apart.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF!

    Old Follower

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! And yes, I hate it when my paperbacks fall apart.

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  10. I agree, Paperback are cheaper than Hardcover. :D

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    1. Yes they are. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I agree with you. I prefer paperbacks, but you're right that if the book is more than 500+ pages a hardcover is better and they do look pretty on the shelf.
    I really don't like reading on my computer. Before I got an eReader, I had to read eBooks on my computer, and I hated being stuck there (and it wasn't that comfortable either). It's much easier now with my eReader, and I don't mind eBooks that much anymore. They will, however, never ever replace physical books for me.

    Following back via Bloglovin!

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    1. I hate reading on my computer. It's boring and all I have is a desktop so I can't curl up on the couch, nothing. Plus it hurts my eyes. Thanks for the return stop and follow! :)

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  12. Hi Jamie. Thanks for taking the time to stop past my blog - I'm returning the favour. :)

    I'm glad there's another person out there who hates the idea of harcovers getting damaged - they look great on the shelf, but for a girl such as myself who is invariably lugging at least one book around, they aren't practical. If I didn't have a Kindle I wouldn't touch an e-book. There is no joy in reading on a computer screen.

    Following you back on GFC.

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    1. No, computer reading is evil. I do enough of that with emails and blogs. My book reading time is special and should be an enjoyable, comfortable experience! Thanks for the return stop and follow!

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  13. I know what you mean about ereaders being so expensive. I had a sony reader which broke when my friend accidentally stepped on it (not a good day!) and it would have cost a small fortune to repair it. In the end, I didn't get it fixed, but I got a kindle for christmas last year. Which I am VERY careful with now!
    I'm a new Bloglovin' follower :)

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    1. Lucky break there. Yeah, its one thing to lose a book and replace at $8-$25, but a ereader a few hundred? Bit of a difference. Not to mention all the book transfers... ugh! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Thanks for stopping by! Followed with bloglovin ;)
    K @ My Favorite Escape

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  15. Wow, you really looked at pretty much all the formats of reading! Phones? I don't know how people even try this. My phone barely knows how to make a phone call, so I don't even have to worry about attempting this. And I definitely don't like reading on the computer. It just feels bad for the eyes.

    Thanks for stopping by my F&F!

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    1. Yeah,, I guess i was a bit thorough here. lol

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  16. I like to listen to audiobooks when I run. I run 10 miles a day, so plenty of time for listening, although right now I've moved more towards podcasts. I don't have a cell phone, but I do have an iPod Touch. I tried reading a book on it before I got my Kindle...and no. The screen is way too small for me.

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    1. I have heard better things about ipods but I have never used one so I can't say.

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