Hello everyone! The title is a little bit mysterious right? Or it’s just point blank obvious and I fail at my attempt to be mysterious.
This discussion post is going to be about how you ‘read’ books or really the form of a book that you are ‘reading’. So we are going to be talking about paperbacks, e-readers/e-books and audiobooks. I’m not aware of any of form of books so if there is drop it in the comments, but for now lets discuss!
This isn’t really going to be a PAPERBACKS ARE BETTER THAN E-BOOKS or AUDIOBOOKS ARE BETTER THAN PAPERBACKS discussion. I’m just going to be talking about the pros and cons of all three of them and some of my experiences with them
So let’s talk about the lovable paperback first!
This form of reading is universal around the world. Everyone (well smart people) know not to disturb you when you have your nose in a book and you look very intellectual if you are in a public place reading a paperback (not that it matters). I think the real argument to why people still buy paperbacks is because of the feel of the book, the smell of books and just being able to see and feel the pages between your fingers when you turn the pages. These may seem like arbitrary reasons, but all of those things really resonate with us readers. Not to mention if no one read paperbacks we wouldn’t see the beautiful rainbow shelves we see on Bookstagram!
But of course there are some drawbacks to the humble paperback. Firstly they can be easily damaged, secondly they can be really expensive- especially if you go for hardbacks and they are heavy to handle if you take books everywhere with you. All of these problems would be solved if we switched to e-readers and audiobooks, but nothing can beat the smell of a new books and pretty shelves right?
Now onto e-readers/e-books!
Nobody can disagree that some e-reader look so cool! They are sleek, cute and compact and the e-readers have many pros- even more then our lovable paperback. Firstly you can get hundreds of books on them, but that doesn’t mean extra shelves on the wall as they are all stored in the reader (and that means no lost books as well). Also some of the e-readers are becoming waterproof, which means no danger from water and no one can deny that e-books are waaaay cheaper then physical books, though the initial cost of the reader might outweigh that fact.
But there are some cons. As I said the cost of a good e-reader can be expensive in some cases and if you are not looking at e-readers, but in e-books then many people (including myself) complain about reading e-books on phones or tablets because of our poor eyes. Also it won’t be very easy if you want to give your friend a book to borrow as all of your books are on a e-reader soooooo you’ll be giving them your whole library….
And lastly, the audi0book!
Audiobooks are new and shiny compared to the paperback and e-reader. The popularity for audiobooks has been soaring for the last couple of years and for good reason. With audiobooks, if you have good concentration, you can really do anything while getting through your ‘book’ which means having more time to do things other then reading. Like e-readers, your phone (in most cases) is your library which means easy access and no missing ‘books’ and no heavy book lifting. You can get through books quickly and big books don’t seem so long. There are also many audiobook services but one of the most popular services is Audible, which is a pay monthly service where you can get one audiobook free every month.
But of course there are cons. Audiobooks can be very expensive, almost double or even triple the amount of the book you can get if you buy it in physical form. Also the borrowing problem again and if you can’t listen to something while doing another activity (like myself) listening to an audiobook might be hard, so your not reeking the benefits of all that extra time. Moreover, I personally can never find the right speed, so the narrator is either too slow or too fast.
So how do you read? I personally will have to stick with my lovable paperback, but I know a lot of you guys dabble in the other forms as well. Remember to leave a comment down below telling me your favourite and why and let’s chat!
I’ll write soon!