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What is your preferred medium for reading?

What is your preferred medium for reading, and why do you prefer it?

? hardcover

? paperback

? Kobo, Kindle

? iPad

? audiobook

? other?

 

I prefer hardcover books myself.  I love the size, the substantiveness, the feel of the paper pages between my fingers, the binding...everything.

 

I have an iPad, and while I appreciate the fact that I can adjust the lighting and the font size, it just isn't the same as holding a real, live book.

 

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  • I like Hardcovers and Paperbacks. I haven't been able to really get into the E-Book craze yet. I need something substantial in my hands. 

    However, I read magazines on my iPad.  

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  • Paper based book. I have a Nook Color but it's not my favorite for reading. It is nice to be able to carry lots of books with me in one device when I travel, but it's just not the same as reading a book.
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  • I don't honestly care.  I will read Kindle, hardcover, paperback, listen to audiobook.  Whatever ... I'm not fussy and will use whatever I can to feed my reading addiction.

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  • I'll read in any format, but my personal choice would be to read everything in pocket sized paperbacks.  I find the trade paperback too big for comfort, and hardcovers are usually uncomfortable in one hand.  I like my Kindle, but I really prefer paper books.  I do not like to read books on a computer at all. 

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  • Honestly, I prefer to read on my Nook.  Before I got it, I never thought I would say this!
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  • Kindle, for sure. I like the light weight feel, the ease of traveling with multiple books, and the ease of switching between media (kindle device, computer, phone), depending on where I am when I want to read.
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  • Paperbacks. I find hard covers bulky and always take off the jackets because they're annoying. I don't understand the advantages of e-readers. Nothing about it appeals to me.
  • For the actual experience of reading, I prefer my Nook (regular -- not color). The size fits perfectly in my hand, I don't have to fuss with the book light because it's always in the perfect place, and I like that I don't have to shift anything around when I turn the page. I'm so used to it now, that I find it kind of annoying to read a real book -- I do a lot of my reading while lying on my side in bed, and there's always one side of the page that's harder to see.
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    Paperbacks. I find hard covers bulky and always take off the jackets because they're annoying. I don't understand the advantages of e-readers. Nothing about it appeals to me.

    Advantage: I'm currently in Australia for 7 weeks.  I have 6 books over 700 pages on my kindle to read while I'm away (plus about 20 other books I want to read that are shorter).  Kindle weighs less than 1 pound.  I don't even want to think about how much those 6 books would weigh.

    To OP: My favorite is probably paperback, but I love my kindle as well.  I'm not a super big fan of audio because I get distracted easily.  Hardcover are too big and bulky.  I will read on my computer (kindle cloud FTW) if needed as well.

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  • I actually prefer my Kindle over anything else.  I love being able to both hold it and turn pages with one hand, and because of the way it is design I can still read it when I am in somewhat awkward positions (which happens sometimes when I try to read in bed while DH is asleep).

     After that I prefer paperback.  I feel like they're a bit more flexible than hardbacks which is nice.

  • Absolutely Kindle.  (I HAVE to hold mine horizontally.)  Even my Kindle Fire, which is bulkier than other ereaders, is still so much less cumbersome than physical books.  Not to mention it can hold an enormous amount of books and I have the ability to own a new book pretty much instantly for those times I absolutely need something right away.  I love highlighting and making notes on my Kindle versions, whereas I don't generally like to write in most physical books.  I seem to read a lot faster now that I have my Kindle.

    (Specific to the color models, I personally love the backlighting.  It doesn't bother me -- especially with the brightness turned down -- and no need for an additional light.  I also love being able to look something up on google or wikipedia, etc. without having to go to another device.)

     

    I used to not be able to listen to audiobooks and pay any kind of attention, but that changed the last six weeks or so.  I've been playing audiobooks on my Kindle Fire keeping my hands free to knit or such, and I've been loving them.

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    I don't honestly care.  I will read Kindle, hardcover, paperback, listen to audiobook.  Whatever ... I'm not fussy and will use whatever I can to feed my reading addiction.

    Ditto!  During the day I don't care what format it's in, as long as it's a good book that I want to read.  Though I do prefer my Nook for bedtime reading because it's easier with the book light and all.

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  • I prefer hardback or paperback, I'm not sure it matters to me.  I recently got a Kindle, about 2 months ago.  I can't seem to get into it.  If the book is a better deal, probably by $2 or $3 at least, I'll try the Kindle.  Otherwise I've found I prefer hard copy books.  It's the feel and familiarity.
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    I also love being able to look something up on google or wikipedia, etc. without having to go to another device.)

     

    This is really the one thing I like about the Kindle, except for portability when really necessary.  I find myself reading a hard copy and often wishing I could just highlight the word or passage and look it up.

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    Paperbacks. I find hard covers bulky and always take off the jackets because they're annoying. I don't understand the advantages of e-readers. Nothing about it appeals to me.

    This, to the letter. DH and I own a Kindle, but I've only used it once. There's no substitute for holding a book in my hands, preferably a paperback. 

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  • I never thought I would say this, but I think I prefer my Kindle Touch.  I like how lightweight it is and that I can turn a page with one finger.  Also, like pp have said, I don't have to continuously adjust the book light, and I can read on my side easily.

    ETA:  This probably sounds silly, but I also like that I can read whatever I want in public on my Kindle, and no one can judge my book choices.   

    After that, I think I prefer hardcovers.  They usually stay open more easily, and I like the way a stack of hardcovers from the library looks.  ;)

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  • I like hardcover and trade paperbacks.  It's pretty close between the two, but I probably like hardcovers just a little better because it's easier to use my booklight with them :)  I'm not a fan of mass market paperbacks. 

    I'm not a fan of e-books, but I do see some benefits to them and I've used them before (MH has a Kindle that I've borrowed before if an e-book is more convenient).

    I've only listened to one audiobook and I did enjoy it so I'm sure I will do it again, but probably not on the regular.  I like the feel of a book in my hand!

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  • Audiobook, nook color, hardcover, then paperback in that order.

    I spend so much time in the car, that I can no longer survive without a book to listen to.  I also pump during my prep and lunch at school and can't do too much else, so I just listen.

    When I got my nook for Christmas 2010, I didn't even know what it was.  I then started taking it everywhere with me.  It became invaluable when I was spending hours waiting in the waiting room at my OB's office.

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  • It really doesn't matter to me with the exception of mass market paperback. If it's the only format available, fine, but I really don't like them.

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  • Kindle is my favorite. Easy to read in bed, built in dictionary and highlighter, portable, stores a ton of books so I have plenty of options... There are so many things I love about it.

    I find myself reading on the Kindle app on my iPad a lot, too, just because I'll take the iPad to bed to play games/go online/etc and then open up a book to read before bed. I think I actually use the iPad more than the actual Kindle now. The back light doesn't bother me at all, I just switch it to black background + white words in the dark.

    For actual books, I prefer hardbacks, then trade paperbacks. I don't read MMPs unless I have to.

  • When I drive (which I do a LOT of for work) anything but an audio book would likely get myself and several others killed so I've got a passion for audio books because they feed my book addiction safely.

    When not driving I love to read on my phone (Kindle, overdrive, adobe reader, you name it).  It's always with me and it's the perfect size to literally go everywhere with me all the time.  I've pretty much doubled my reading rate since starting to read on my phone because I can easily grab a couple of minutes in an elevator, while the kids are in the tub, you name it.

    I'm reading a paper book right now for my IRL book club and finding that I'm not enjoying the experience as much.  It's more difficult to read lying down in bed, it's not always handy or with me when I have a few minutes to spare and wish it was there and I hate having to futz with a book mark.  When I try to read it in my car during lunch I need an extra hand to keep it propped open because it's a new book with a tight spine where with an e-reader that's never an issue and I can easily manage a book in my lap as well as my food at the same time.

    If I'd been able to find it (free) in an e-reader format I'd probably have already finished it but as it stands I'm only about a third of the way through because it's just not as convenient.

     

     

     

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  • Overall, trade paperbacks with loose bindings. I love the feel of a floppy trade paperback with a matte-finish cover.

    I mostly read on the iPad (Kindle app) and the benefits are too many for me to go back, but when it ones to the actual reading experience, I like my trade paperbacks.

    For e-reading, I love the dictionary service, highlighting, portability, price (English import books are expensive), freebies, reading in the dark, and instant gratification, and being able to leave my ook open while I'm eating dinner alone on a business trip
    But I miss paperbacks for the physical feel, reading on the beach (where I destroy most books with sunscreen residue), taxi/takeoff/landing on flights, and reading while I'm on Skype with my LD boyfriend. I also miss the encouragement of feeling the remaining page count decrease when I'm reading something tedious.

    ETA - I also like the incognito nature of e-reading. No one can judge me for reading something like Twilight, and I can read book porn whenever/wherever I want.Embarrassed
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  • I prefer my kindle, it's easy to carry, I can sit or lay comfortably and read for long periods of time.   After my kindle I prefer hardcovers and I still do borrow them from the library but I can't read them for long stretches of time.  I do listen to audio books but this is only riding to and from work and I don't listen to them in my spare time.  
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  • I like paperback, but if the book is thick or heavy or if I'm traveling, I really prefer the Kindle. 

    I used to have to really plan which books I brought for traveling.  And if we were backpacking, I had to choose books based on their weights, which obviously was an imperfect way too choose a book!  The Kindle has solved ALL of this!

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    ETA - I also like the incognito nature of e-reading. No one can judge me for reading something like Twilight, and I can read book porn whenever/wherever I want.Embarrassed

    This is hilarious!  Another advantage of the Kindle I never thought about!

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  • I prefer reading on my Nook. If I can't get a book on my Nook, then paperback.
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  • image RevJen:
    I don't honestly care.  I will read Kindle, hardcover, paperback, listen to audiobook.  Whatever ... I'm not fussy and will use whatever I can to feed my reading addiction.

    Ditto

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  • I prefer my iPad Kindle App.  LOVE the dictionary.   LOVE the built in light.  LOVE that nobody knows what I'm reading.  LOVE that on a trip, I can have a number of books and it doesn't take up room.  

    BUT...I'm a library girl because I'm too cheap to buy books.  I do borrow e-books from my library, but I can usually get the same physical book from my library system MUCH quicker.  I'm kind of an impulse reader...I hear about a book and I want to read it.  I don't want to wait three weeks or three months to get it in eform!  Most books from the library are hardcovers which is okay (again, I'm CHEAP!), but I prefer trade paperbacks.  

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    image RevJen:
    I don't honestly care.  I will read Kindle, hardcover, paperback, listen to audiobook.  Whatever ... I'm not fussy and will use whatever I can to feed my reading addiction.

    This exactly!! If my love for reading is wrong, than I don't want to be right. I am much happier, and productive when reading, so bring on the books, no matter the format!

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