Books: Which Format Rules? #MFRWauthor

Drum roll…it’s Week 30 of the #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge. Thanks for hanging in there with me, so far!

This week, inquiring minds want to know which book form I prefer: ebooks, paperbacks, or audio?

Forget audio – for me, it’s a tough choice between ebooks and paperbacks.

There is something about holding a book in your hands. The texture of the pages, the fresh smell of the paper and the ink, and the motion of turning from one page to the next all invoke a sense of comfort and relaxation in me. I suppose this is because the majority of my reading life was spent being surrounded by stacks of physical books. There is nothing like holding a physical book and being able to turn back a few pages (or more) to review something the author references or to thumb ahead if you are worried about whether a favorite character is going to make it out alive and in one piece. (I really had to resist jumping to the end when I read The Martian by Andy Weir because I liked the stranded astronaut Mark Watney and I wanted him to survive).

But, ebooks have their place, too. I just came back from a short vacation and I brought not one, but two Kindles with me. You understand, right? I mean, what if something happened to one of them on the trip? How would I survive if I couldn’t read while I was gone? The great thing about an ereader is that I took about 300 books with me, so I knew I wouldn’t run out of reading material. Back in the day, when we traveled on road trips as kids, I was surrounded by stacks of books on the floor of the car, but no longer. I can fit 300+ books in my purse now, instead of bringing an extra suitcase along for them.

I have to admit, I haven’t tried an audio book yet. I’m the type of person who would run red lights while listening in the car because I was so engrossed in the story. Or I would have to keep replaying a section because I missed things while concentrating on driving or cleaning or whatever I was doing to make me resort to listening to a book instead of sitting down to read. So, audiobooks are out.

Bottom line? In the war between paperbacks and ebooks, I’d have to pick ebooks for their convenience and the fact I will never lose my place when my bookmark falls out. How about you? Which book form is your favorite? Leave a comment below!

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18 thoughts on “Books: Which Format Rules? #MFRWauthor

    • RobinMichaela says:

      Actually, now that I think about it, I also took my iPad which has the Kindle app installed, so I actually had three with me. I’ve tried, but I can’t read on my phone because the screen is too small (although, I might be persuaded to use it in a pinch).


  1. Linda McLaughlin says:

    It’s so comforting to know I’m not the only person who used to drag bags of books with me on vacation. Now I travel with a Kindle and an iPad with who knows how many e-books on them. I do listen to audio in the car, and sometimes have to rewind a bit if traffic gets a bit dicey and I have to really pay attention. Listening in the car keeps me from getting agitated and/or impatient when the traffic is slow, so it’s helpful that way.

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      I don’t think I could concentrate on an audio book while driving. I’d never finish the book because I’d have to constantly rewind and listen to what I missed. But, I know people in my office love them for their commutes.


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