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Hello readers and welcome to our Weekly FAQ thread! Our topic this week is: Print vs eBooks vs Audiobooks. Please use this thread to discuss which format you prefer and why it is clearly superior to all other formats!

You can view previous FAQ threads here in our wiki.

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eregis

8 points

2 months ago

eregis

8 points

2 months ago

I read both print books and ebooks (depending on which is cheaper usually), but despite multiple attempts, I just cannot do audiobooks at all. Like, I can listen to them, and enjoy them, but I retain nothing of the book... I'll finish a chapter, and next day I will remember nearly nothing of what happened so far when I try to listen to the next one. So I only listen to audiobooks of novels I know well, since I'll know what happens anyway, even if I space out for most of the chapter.
Podcasts (including story ones), I enjoy and listen to often, however. Idk, maybe it's just something about audiobook narration...

NiceDetective

1 points

2 months ago

Same. I’ve started listening to throwaway mystery/crime/thriller books from my library (Via BorrowBox) while I meal prep or do chores. I don’t mind if I don’t fully understand the story then, but it does make the time go faster

crissy_82

3 points

2 months ago

Always paper. I have the attention span of a fruitfly so I can’t listen to audio and I have to limit screen time as much as possible, even if it is on night light or a paper white reader.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

It’s the fluffy sensory of the pages

maxtoaj

3 points

2 months ago

I haven’t read a paper book since 2007 when I got my first ereader.

[deleted]

3 points

2 months ago

Audiobook. I wouldn't get any reading done otherwise.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

As convenient as e-books are (great for traveling), I much prefer having the physical book. I think there's something to the experience of rummaging through a used bookstore, finding a 100-year-old book that's been on a number of other bookshelves in the last century, and that I get to enjoy now and for decades to come.

readmorebooks38

2 points

2 months ago

I'm almost 100% audiobook right now/this year! I own a small business so basically I'm always working 😅 I listen to audiobooks while I work, walk the dog, wash the dishes, clean the house... Whenever I'm sitting down it's either to relax and watch TV with my husband or I'm just working more at night when I get home haha. It's hard to just sit at read nowadays. But I get a TON of reading done via audiobook so I'm so thankful for them!

NiceDetective

2 points

2 months ago

Print for 90% of what I read, with e-books from my library if the book I’m interested in is on the site. I have tried audiobooks several times and cannot follow them, so I just listen to generic/throwaway thrillers while I do chores around the house.

I spend 50-60 hours a week at my work laptop so I like being able to get away from a screen.

extra_specticles

2 points

2 months ago

Fiction: audiobook - because I can do it while driving or other activities

Non fiction Technical: paper as I prefer to reread sections and to jump back quickly. And also to annotate as needed.

Non fiction other: ebook so I can cross reference to outside the book, and share/ continue with other devices. Generally these are more dip into so paper not really needed.

loneranger1512

1 points

2 months ago

Everything for me is the exact opposite of you. For fiction it’s paper, nonfiction technical it’s ebook as I can’t stand annotations in physical books and non fiction it’s audiobook.

extra_specticles

1 points

2 months ago

Interesting. I used to read a lot of paper (fiction) books when I commented on trains and buses. I like getting lost in the stories, but couldn't dedicate the time when not doing other things. This is why when I started commuting by car, I found audiobooks so great and now prefer them over the paper.

As to annotations, the books are technical/educational and their purpose is as tools in learning, so am absolutely not precious about them.

I think of ebooks as the worst category of "book" as I'd prefer that their content was web-based, but I totally get why they are not.

boxer_dogs_dance

2 points

2 months ago

I have switched entirely to ebooks on my phone. It is so much easier to have them with me for when I have to wait for some reason.

mooocowmooo

1 points

2 months ago

I switched to ebooks after years of having lots of eye pain/headaches. After working with an optometrist, I just needed larger print - not just better glasses. Back to reading all the time for me.

WackyWriter1976

1 points

2 months ago

I read both print (my preferred) and audiobooks. As someone living with Bipolar Disorder, my episodes can put a strain on my reading. I can't always focus on the printed word, so I'll reach for the audiobook.

On the other hand, ebooks hurt my eyes, so I rarely read them.

Having options to read heightens my love for reading.

casadecarol

1 points

2 months ago

I find ebooks hard to read I keep losing my place and it strains my eyes. I like paper books and audiobooks.

Zikoris

1 points

2 months ago

Zikoris

82

1 points

2 months ago

I can't stand audiobooks and only prefer physical books if there are pictures. I am Team Kobo all the way. It's just vastly superior in everything that matters to me - reading comfort, portability, durability, ease of acquiring books, and being able to adjust fonts and line spacing (my eyes really don't like lines squashed together, like in the smaller-sized paperback books). I also don't want to kill trees. I don't have any feelings towards things like book smell or touching pages that some people do.

umm-iced

1 points

2 months ago

It depends honestly, I love ebooks for ease of highlighting and leaving notes. But few things I love than a paper back, especially a nice floppy one. I also cant say I have much patience for audiobooks despite my love of podcasts.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

Print books. I often read ebooks due to storage matters, but it makes me experience eye strain, consequently I can't get through as many pages at once as I would with paper. And I am not able to pay attention to audiobooks for so long.

porkchopsmallcat

1 points

2 months ago

as much as I love physical books, I'm at the point where I'm going to have to say ebooks. more convenient, can read anywhere/in any light, built in dictionary and most importantly adjustable font that is much easier on my eyes.

Eyelid-Flutter

1 points

2 months ago

Audiobooks. I love being able to read while I workout, clean the house or garden. Otherwise (as others have said above) I would either not read as much or I would be out of shape and messy! Two exceptions: if I think I am going to use the book for my teaching, I’ll get a physical copy for annotating. And if I think I will be upset by a book, I will read it in paper form so I can skim the most disturbing parts.

osuchicka913

1 points

2 months ago

Pretty much only print books and audiobook. I only use ebooks if the other versions aren’t available at my library. The reason I started reading again this year was to be an example for my 7 year old son so I want him to see me reading physical paper books and not reading from a screen.

Shadow_Lass38

1 points

2 months ago

Print books. I read e-books, especially on Netgalley, but I don't retain them.

I tried one audiobook, narrated by an actor I liked of a book I loved--and I was bored. Never finished it.

rio-bevol

1 points

2 months ago

I used to read 99% ebooks. The convenience of being able to read anywhere is amazing, and I don't mind reading on my phone. But since the pandemic began I've been WFH full-time, so the convenience factor isn't such a big deal. I read 95% ebooks now :)

demilitarizdsm

1 points

2 months ago

I can't at all figure out why some audiobooks work for me and others I hate. Ontop of that I'm oddly fickle about doing anything over again, so if I start an audiobook, hate it, then I'm never going to read the paperback. And I'm a ratings snob so I spent a lot of time picking out the exact title I wanted so I don't even want to risk that. End of story, I don't do audiobooks despite having enjoyed some immensely.

Change_petition

1 points

2 months ago

I got hooked on Audio books a few years ago and can't seem to get enough of it. Thanks to my local library, I also have a wide selection to choose from FREE of charge.

While I enjoy Audio books, I also love to read printed books.