Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, or Audiobook?

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    Apr 08, 2011 6:36 AM GMT
    I love to read. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for the past few years due to my travel schedule. I’m hooked! Now I’m struggling to sit down and actually read a hardcover and/or paperback. I think I’ve become a lazy reader.

    What is your reading preference?
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    Apr 08, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    Give me a book -- hardbound, paper, whatever. A solid tangible book beats everything else.
  • masculumpedes

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    Apr 08, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    For my favorites, I buy the Hardcovers to keep in a bookcase and also a paperback copy to actually read. icon_wink.gif

    ( Can't wait for March of 2012 to finally get A Memory of Light) icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    SleepyFisherman saidI love to read. I’ve been listening to audiobooks for the past few years due to my travel schedule. I’m hooked! Now I’m struggling to sit down and actually read a hardcover and/or paperback. I think I’ve become a lazy reader.

    What is your reading preference?



    ANY book is ok with me. I am passionate reader, and can't imagine my life without books. When I moved to China, my luggage was 35 kg ( 15kg overweight)....And guess how much of that luggage was book? 30 kg. Nuf said.
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    Paperback please. I'll settle with hardcover if necce tho icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Paperbacks are my first choice, if not then Hard cover. I don't like reading on laptop or kindle that stresses my eyes too much.
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    iPad
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    Either hardcover or paperback, I like to keep my books.
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    I prefer paperback for general reading as I like to read in the bath or in bed, it's easier to manage than a hardback.

    But for books I can't wait to read I buy hardback - next one will be the next Jim Butcher 'Dresden Files' book 'Ghost Story'. Think it's out soon.
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    I love hardback and paperback. They just have this look and feel about them that you can't get with a Kindle or an Autobook. Turning a page or creasing the corner as a bookmark or the feeling of the spine as you hold it.

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    Apr 08, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    paperbacks/hardcovers anytime. you just can't beat the thrill of flipping though the pages while reading.
    I give up reading novels on my ipad and end up playing angry birds instead.
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    Paperbooks suck. They are heavy, slow to browse, imposible to do a phrase search, they deteriorate over time and they represent a problem to the environment. Digital books are weightless, they are fast to browse, they allow you to perform searches and they don't deteriorate. You can redownload a book you already purchased without paying again, you can read your book on ur laptop, cellphone, tablet and even your friend's tablet. You can store an entire library in one device so basically you don't need to cut hundreds of trees to own thousands of books.

    Why in this world would I want a paper book? Are u all out of ur mind
  • MichaelG

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    Apr 08, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    Kindle
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:33 PM GMT
    charlitos saidPaperbooks suck. They are heavy, slow to browse, imposible to do a phrase search, they deteriorate over time and they represent a problem to the environment. Digital books are weightless, they are fast to browse, they allow you to perform searches and they don't deteriorate. You can redownload a book you already purchased without paying again, you can read your book on ur laptop, cellphone, tablet and even your friend's tablet. You can store an entire library in one device so basically you don't need to cut hundreds of trees to own thousands of books.

    Why in this world would I want a paper book? Are u all out of ur mind



    I like a nice book case in the living room...
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    Hardcover/paperback.

    Especially in my classes... I rarely take notes in a notebook--I like to write and highlight in my texts/books
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    charlitos saidPaperbooks suck. They are heavy, slow to browse, imposible to do a phrase search, they deteriorate over time and they represent a problem to the environment. Digital books are weightless, they are fast to browse, they allow you to perform searches and they don't deteriorate. You can redownload a book you already purchased without paying again, you can read your book on ur laptop, cellphone, tablet and even your friend's tablet. You can store an entire library in one device so basically you don't need to cut hundreds of trees to own thousands of books.

    Why in this world would I want a paper book? Are u all out of ur mind



    I like a nice book case in the living room...


    Agreed.
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    charlitos saidPaperbooks suck. They are heavy, slow to browse, imposible to do a phrase search, they deteriorate over time and they represent a problem to the environment. Digital books are weightless, they are fast to browse, they allow you to perform searches and they don't deteriorate. You can redownload a book you already purchased without paying again, you can read your book on ur laptop, cellphone, tablet and even your friend's tablet. You can store an entire library in one device so basically you don't need to cut hundreds of trees to own thousands of books.

    Why in this world would I want a paper book? Are u all out of ur mind



    I like a nice book case in the living room...


    Then buy a few books to decorate your living room and get the rest in digital format.
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    I love the Kindle app. on my android phone. I always have my book with me.
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    Apr 08, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI love the concept of digital reading through some electronic device. The cardio equipment at the gym has such a small and narrow ledge that I cannot set a book on it to read while I exercise. However, I see people use an iPad or a Kindle. It fits perfectly on this ledge and they read away.

    However, at this time I cannot justify paying the expense of several hundred dollars for one of them.


    well once you spend $500 on an iPad you can pretty much find a few of the books you want available for free through torrents and read them on your iPad. You will be saving a lot of money.
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    Apr 08, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    I like hardcovers, but there's a problem that makes me go digital. Text size. I've not bought books I want to read because the text is way too small. Adjustable font size (and lower price) makes digital a better option for me. But if I find a cheap, larger print, hardcover that I like, I'll get it.
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    Apr 08, 2011 3:19 PM GMT
    I love a nice hardcover but I'm going to have to agree with charlitos and the ease of electronic books. Also mentioned, why cut down trees when we don't need to anymore?

    Stock our bookshelves with old used books from a book store, go electronic and save the environment. Look what happened in Japan, mother nature is not impressed. Let's start taking care of the earth. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 08, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    I like them all! I love to read. Though lately, as long as I find the voice of the reader pleasing, I'm using more and more audiobooks.

    Also, I found it interesting that mentioned your worry about becoming a 'lazy reader'. I've experienced the same thing. I think part of my problem is that at 47 my eyes are changing and I haven't quite figured out the most comfortable way to read now: contacts and reading glasses or just my eyes and hold the book a bit closer to my nose!

    And, after listening to a string of audiobooks, when I picked up a 'real' book again I didn't know if I still had the attention span to make my way through the book. I had to force myself to read page by page... it was an odd feeling.

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    Apr 08, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    For most books, Kindle with the right cover case:

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    The black faux-leather jacket gives the Kindle the shape of a book so it fits nicely in my hands when reading. The books I read tend to be tomes and are a bitch and a half to lug around with me everywhere. I was skeptical about the Kindle at first as reading on a digital screen for extended periods of time hurts my eyes. But the way the Kindle screen works makes the text appear to actually be physically printed on the screen/page. icon_eek.gif

    That said, I prefer hard copy books for really illustration and picture-heavy books like art books and fitness books illustrating proper forms.
  • Serch85

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    Apr 08, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    iBooks... can carry hundreds in my hand at the time... paper is best... but if u move a lot... not much of a choice...
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    Apr 08, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    Electronic. Now if only there were some affordable way to turn the tons of paper books my my basement into electronic format. I've already hauled two truckloads of journals and reprint files to the dump, since 90% of that is available on-line now.

    ...Well, I paid someone else to do it. I couldn't do it myself. Sort of like shooting a dog.

    I hate "audiobooks" though. They make even a great book into a slow, tedious drudge.