July 28, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Paperback, Ebook, or Audiobook #MFRWauthor
For the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog hop, this week, week 30, we are talking about whether I prefer a Paperback, an Ebook, or an Audiobook!
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter to me in the format that I read, as long as I can get my hands on the book.
Let me explain.
With the rise of indie authors, most of the books that I can read, especially if the authors only publish on Amazon (like myself), are only available if I download them on my iPad or Kindle e-reader. The one advantage is that you can get these books as soon as they are released and you don’t have to traipse to the bookstore. With a few simple clicks and you can read away. Also, most indie authors don’t have their paperbacks or hardbacks on the shelves of most bookstores and despite the fact that they aren’t widely available, they are great reads and I discover new authors that I follow all the time by finding their books online. And most of the books I read now are from indie authors that only publish on a couple of digital platforms, so I find myself reading e-books more often than paperbacks.
But that doesn’t mean to say that I won’t read a paperback. I will buy a book I like that is on sale at Barnes and Noble or if it’s a new release that I’ve wanted for awhile. Sometimes online, you can get discounted books on sites like BookOutlet and Half Price Books. But I find myself reading paperbacks less and less as the years go on. I think it’s more of a convenience than a preference of an ebook over the paperback.
But audiobooks are the medium that I have started to enjoy more over the years. It started with the Harry Potter books, read by Jim Dale, that got me hooked on audiobooks. But most of the time, I will read the books first before I listen to the audio version of it. I read the Twilight series before I listened to the audio version of it. Same thing with The Martian and the Robert Galbraith books. But I find that I can read the books faster than listen to them, although having a narrator bring the story to life is a great way to get out of your mind space for awhile. And I love listening to audiobooks while I walk my dog or while I’m cooking.
The one thing that I don’t understand is the absolute reader. Those that believe that only paperbacks/hardbacks are the way to go and refuse to buy an e-reader or download the Kindle app. Or the ones that believe that only e-readers are the way to go. Audiobooks usually don’t get a place in the debate. But to me, what’s the point.
I love reading and I love writing. I don’t care the format I get them in as much as I care that I have a chance to read them. To me, the debate doesn’t make sense. Reading is the goal here. Discouraging one way and encouraging another defeats the point of having people discover a new book and getting lost in the world that the author has laid out for them. So I encourage people to use all three formats, but no matter if you choose one or all three, just read!
Thank you for dropping by and Happy Reading!!