Paperback, ebook, audio…oh my!
The great debate will probably always remain. Which one is best?
Authors are readers too, and that’s one of the reasons we try to give our audience options. We all have our preferences but I love there are so many ways to read a book. Here’s what I’ve gathered over the years of talking to readers, my personal experiences, and some input from other Inspy authors.
I almost exclusively read books in one sitting – 2 at the most. – Tara Grace Ericson
Some readers want to hold the book in their hands and feel the pages between their fingers. They want the pretty books displayed on a shelf to admire and decorate a room in their homes. There’s something about the anticipation of a book arriving in the mail and opening the package to finally hold the masterpiece in your hand.
Some readers love to take beautiful pictures to share on social media and some will tuck that book in their purse and take it everywhere they go, where likely the edges will be crumpled and the pages a bit tattered.
I always read paperbacks and prefer when no one is gone to potentially interrupt me. – Teresa Tysinger
Same, Teresa, same. LOL!
Others like the simplicity of an ebook. You have your portable devices—whether an iPad, a Kindle or your phone—and you carry around hundreds of books at a time, always with a book at your disposal. You might have one of those fancy Kindles that allow you to read in the dark or you might still be hanging on to the compact black and gray device where your thumbs turn the pages and only lasts an hour before it needs charging (*ahem* I may or may not be guilty).
“I read fiction on my kindle and nonfiction on my iPad!” – Valerie Comer
I’ve recently become fond of audiobooks. Again, it’s very convenient and doesn’t take up any extra space in my house—except maybe on your phone. You might listen through the phone’s speaker or you might have bought a pair of expensive Bluetooth headphones so you don’t have to bother getting tangled with the wires. Maybe you listen in your car while you’re driving or play it through Alexa while you get ready each morning.
I read most books on my iPhone. I think it’s because it’s always charged up and handy, which means I can read whenever I have downtime. – Julie Carobini
For me, the narrator’s voice of an audiobook can either make or break it, so it needs to be just right for me to fully enjoy it. I’ve also become accustomed to Alexa reading a Kindle book to me because I can read much faster when I listen and pick back up with my Kindle when I’m not on the go. But the benefit of being hands-free to do other tasks–like folding laundry or cooking a meal–might just be the thing that gets a busy body to read a book they may not have time to otherwise. And the added bonus of speeding up the audio can double your listening capacity once you’ve accustomed to the faster pace. (I like to listen at 1.5-2x speed)
There have been times when I’ve been reading a book and am so immersed that I can’t put it down when my alarm to pick up the kids goes off. It’s a 25 minute drive, so I plug my iPad into the car and swipe two fingers down the screen so Siri will read it to me. – Jaycee Weaver
The bottom line: we all read in different ways. Find what works for you and embrace all the words!
Do you have any reading habits you can share? Which type of book do you prefer to read—paperback, ebook, or audio? Comment below to be entered into a drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card to use toward a book you want to read.