I’ve come to a conclusion with my reading habits; I am a eBook girl at heart.
I’ve tried all the different ways to enjoy a book (Paperback, Hardback, reading on computer, audiobook….) and I just prefer eFormat. It used to be that I would buy the paperback of a book that I really loved (a solid “keeper” shelf if you will) or I wouldn’t break up a paperback series with an eFormat. I don’t anymore.
There are many reasons why I’ve converted, why I haven’t bought a physical book in a year. Some are personal choice and some are practical; I’d love to know your reasons in the comments.
- Space : I read over a hundred new books in a year and I reread about the same amount. I have a two bedroom house and, due to to my love of rereading feel-good books, I cannot physically house all the books I keep. I can store hundreds of books on one kindle and it fits in my bag … win for the Kindle 🙂
- Longevity : eBooks do not wear with age. I can reread it over and over (and in the case of the Jill Shalvis series and over :D) and it is the same as when I picked it up. This year, the cover fell off my favourite Terry Pratchett book and the glue in the spine of another reread melted on holiday. I don’t get this shit with my eBooks.
- Publishers messing with the format of physical books : Yes, it is a big deal for authors for their books to be changed, half-way through the series, from paperback to trade or hardback but to me, as a reader, it just plain fucks with the appearance of my book shelves. The JR Ward series is a prime example. I first started the series, they were teeny paperbacks. Then Rehv’s book went trade. Then the last two have been hardback and I had enough; I have those two in eFormat and I’ll be sticking with that format. No one can change the appearance of an eBook.
- Impatience : If I decide to read a a book, I can DL it straight to my kindle without changing out of my PJ’s. I really hate physical shopping… and getting dressed to leave the house when I’m not working.
- Attention span : I don’t have one. I tried to listen to a new release on audio and I could remember NOTHING about the story. I zone out without even realising it and then I forget the plot; it’s really fricking annoying. I have an audible subscription but I only listen to print favourites now.
- Price : It’s cheaper to buy eFormat and the sales are more frequent/easier to track. I read a lot so price is important.
Of course, as a UK reader, there are many problems with only reading eFormat.
- Amazon owns my soul/reading collection : As a UK reader, kindle is the best eReader for me. Nook is ridiculously expensive and doesn’t seem to get the books that amazon does (mainly romance). Amazon is going to continue to own my soul whilst romance is my preferred read.
- Geo-restrictions : Don’t get me on my soapbox here. Do you know I can’t read Molly Harper unless I buy them in paperback? Seriously pubs, sort it out!
So what is your preferred format? Why?