I know a lot of people who feel very strongly on the type of format that they read a book in. One of my friends is all about physical copies and has actually made me feel like I’m doing something wrong for reading on my Kobo. That my choice of using it makes me less of a reader. Is this right? Should I feel this way because I occasionally use an ereader?
What about the tons of books that I read as physical copies? What about those ones? I buy too many books. I like looking at them, it’s an addiction. Every so often I will open up my closet (the only safe place for my books from my very inquisitive toddler) and look at them. I touch them and pick them up, flipping through the pages.
On the other hand, I have a few friends who prefer ereading, for the convenience. It’s much easier to carry around an ereader. I completely agree with this and frequently take mine if we are travelling any distance. Once I forgot to take it when we went to visit family and it was the one time we got stuck there for the night because of an accident that made us have to turn around. What a terrible time that was. Luckily, I was able to borrow a book from my mother in law, but it wasn’t the same since I was using a crappy booklight that kept flickering and going out (reading in the room where my toddler was sleeping).
So I bought myself a Kobo Glo for Christmas and always take it with me now, just in case. Even if at the time I’m reading a physical book. You never know, I might finish my book and then where would I be?
Another benefit as a reviewer to having the Kobo is that I can read the egalleys. I feel it’s a win win for the publisher and I. They don’t have to pay for shipping and I get the book right away. I do love physical books as well though, I don’t forget about them as easily!
Then what about audiobooks? I know people who don’t consider these reading. I do. I mean, I’m still investing time to listen to the story, I can just get other things done at the same time. I’m a fairly new to the audiobook fanbase, but I’ll be staying for awhile. The last couple of nights I’ve been sitting at the table listening to a book while working at some puzzles, something I haven’t done in FOREVER because if I’m not reading I feel like I’m wasting time that I could be reading. There are too many books and I’ll never have enough time to get through them all! So this is my solution.
Back to the point, does it matter what you read a book in? Hardback, paperback, ebook, audiobook. I like them all. I don’t think that it makes the slightest difference how I read. Isn’t the main point that I’m reading? At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than picking up my book or Kobo and reading whatever it is I’m reading.
Occasionally, while creeping around on facebook, I will come across someone who hates reading. I get a pang of sadness every time I see it. They have no idea how much they are missing out! So I don’t think the issue is what format you are reading in, just that you ARE reading. There is nothing better than curling up with a book.
So what do you think? Does it matter? Or are you just happy to read?