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What format do you prefer to read in?

Paperback
 
  44385 votes, 34.0%

Depends on the book
 
  28838 votes, 22.1%

Hardcover
 
  27728 votes, 21.2%

Ebooks
 
  27166 votes, 20.8%

Audiobook
 
  2525 votes, 1.9%


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Comments (showing 1-50 of 107) (107 new)


message 1: by S.L. (last edited Dec 13, 2014 08:35AM) (new)

S.L. Hawke Thanks Hazel, for doing this!


message 2: by Maranda (new)

Maranda Paperback is unbeatable. Snuggled up under my blanket with a 4 by 6 book that's 2 inches thick, sniffing the inside.


message 3: by ᴥ Irena ᴥ (new)

ᴥ Irena ᴥ 'Depends on the book' is the closest to 'whatever is available'.


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Depends on the book, but paperback, hardcover then ebook/kindle.


message 5: by Pippa (new)

Pippa DaCosta Depends when I'm reading. If I'm at the bus station (etc), I can read an ebook on my phone's app, but if I'm at home, I can snuggle with a paperback and a cup of tea. Different circumstances, different formats. I prefer ebooks for their convenience. But I prefer paperbacks when I have some me-time.


message 6: by Joe (last edited Dec 15, 2014 08:33AM) (new)

Joe Paperback, then hardback.

I never use audiobook. I wouldn't call that reading as such. It's interesting.

And as for ebooks, I have a reader but I couldn't tell you the last time I used it.


message 7: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Depends on the book: all this format are good for reading a novel. Hardcover, is more suitable if we are speaking about books I want see on my bookshelf.


message 8: by Manoushka (new)

Manoushka When I picked up reading again, I love having my tablet at the ready to buy anything I wish to read at a drop of a hat however I will say that there is just something about the feeling of turning a page and the smell of a new book.
I am torn between the two!


message 9: by K8 (new)

K8 Physical copies of books look nice on my shelf, but it's so much easier to find a comfortable spot to read when I don't have to factor in an external light source -- ereaders usually come with their own built-in backlight.


message 10: by Tommy (new)

Tommy Hancock Hardcover, close 2nd paper back, then Ebook. I don't do audiobooks, so I can't vote that and "depends on the book" only applies for me if you include comics/graphic novels, at which case I'd switch hardcover and paperback.


message 11: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly I have to agree with Pippa -- depends on where and when. I have really been enjoying audio books lately as I exercise & do housework and decorate for the holidays (I've come across two very sweet holiday stories). My ereader is super convenient when I am out and about with bits and pieces of time. A hardback is just fine for snuggling on the sofa in front of the tree.


message 12: by Tommy (new)

Tommy Hancock Kimberly wrote: "I have to agree with Pippa -- depends on where and when. I have really been enjoying audio books lately as I exercise & do housework and decorate for the holidays (I've come across two very sweet h..."

I do have to say, I travel for fairly long periods sometimes, and having a library in your pocket is kind of awesome.


message 13: by Maranda (new)

Maranda The tech books give me migraines.


message 14: by Mariya (new)

Mariya I just to like reading in paperback/hardback but since I started with the ebooks I can't stop reading in that form and it's easier and light if you are reading on an ereader compared to an actual book. But I do occasionally miss the reading of an actual book.


message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Emotionally I prefer paperback, but Kindle lets me own so many more books, so I tend to buy books in Kindle format.


message 16: by Hina (new)

Hina Tabassum Nothing can beat a Hardcover for me.


message 17: by krisy (new)

krisy Voted for "depends on the book". I love reading from new paperbacks, but I got a Kindle a few months ago and I've grown very fond of it, which kind of bugs me, tbh. Whenever I want to read a book but I'm not sure if I will like it enough and/or I don't think that trees deserve to die for this, I get it on my ereader. Yet, I still insist on reading on real paper when it comes to series, thick books (it's nice to be able to see and physically feel how much pages I've read so far) and fantasy (I don't know, man, it has always felt more right to read books from this genre on paper.)


message 18: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I never thought I would get away from loving the feel of a paperback. And I must admit, I do still love the feel and smell of paperback books. But I am also in love with the ease and convenience of my Kindle.


message 19: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. Depends on the Book. I love paperback/hardcover books best but sometimes the books are cheaper on kindle and I can read without a light.


message 20: by Sybrand (new)

Sybrand Groenewoud Hardcover for sure, and I'm willing to pay a bit more for it. The prices for hardcovers here in Holland are way to high though..


message 21: by Carol (new)

Carol Lisa wrote: "I never thought I would get away from loving the feel of a paperback. And I must admit, I do still love the feel and smell of paperback books. But I am also in love with the ease and convenience ..."

I so agree about the feel of paperbacks! Finally gave in and bought a Kindle... it doesn't feel as comforting as paper, but sure is convenient... as I discovered one evening when the power was out for hours.


message 22: by Jane (new)

Jane Irena wrote: "'Depends on the book' is the closest to 'whatever is available'."

paperback or hardback; absolutely NO kindle. If kindle-only I do without.


message 23: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Ionson I prefer 8X5" paper or larger so that it can stay open on the table on its own as I read it.


message 24: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Ionson And- I happened to have read this recently:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014...


Category Is: Book Review Realness! Ebooks are the most comfortable read for me,specially since I like to read in the dark,but I still love Paperbacks. It's hella hard to hold a lantern and a book at the same time though,lol.


Category Is: Book Review Realness! Daniel wrote: "And- I happened to have read this recently:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014..."


I don't believe in that article. They got only 50 people,and only 2 of them were experienced Kindle readers. I call bullshit on it.


message 27: by Liara (new)

Liara ( I read dead people) The Lady Inquisitor wrote: "Daniel wrote: "And- I happened to have read this recently:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014..."

I don't believe in that ..."


Yeah,I saw that article and was surprised that they called it a "research". It's basically an ensemble of personal opinions. It looks like the product of a cold war between Amazon vs Libraries.


message 28: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Ionson Yep- More data needed.


message 29: by Scott (new)

Scott Around the house - hardcover
If it's a 1000 page bookstop of a book or if it's a one off that I'll never read again - Kindle Paperwhite
If I'm driving then my only choice is - Audiobook
If I can't find it in any other format - Paperbook


message 30: by Bj (new)

Bj Hunter I love paperbacks but since I received a Kindle for Christmas three years ago all I buy are e books. This is good for me since I love to read huge fantasies.


message 31: by Rattus (last edited Jan 05, 2015 12:53PM) (new)

Rattus Domesticus Eh, paperbacks and hardcovers are tied for me. I slightly prefer paperbacks (when traveling) solely because they're lighter and smaller, but hardcovers just look better on a shelf and they don't fall apart.
I can only listen to audiobooks (or radio plays) if I'm doing something that requires my full physical attention. And while Ebooks are nice, I'm still a print person at heart. Besides, you can't display them on shelves!


message 32: by Paula (new)

Paula DuPont Ebooks ebooks always ebooks. I love my Kindle Paperwhite SO SO MUCH, and if you're thinking, "Well then why don't you marry it?!" then you'll be gratified to hear that I'm just waiting for the necessary ordinances to be ratified so that woman and e-reader may marry. I have everything on my Kindle, and if I want to get in some surreptitious Sherlock fanfic fun, I can load those on there, too.

Signed,
The soon-to-be Mrs. Paperwhite


message 33: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Rajaniemi I love holding an actual book in my hands. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.


message 34: by Estelle (new)

Estelle Golding Ebooks, but will read paperbacks and hardcover if given as presents.


message 35: by Toby (new)

Toby I actually prefer hardbacks, because they somehow seem easier to hold onto, but I usually buy paperback unless I know for certain the book will be on my bookshelf long term.

While I used to be die-hard "team paper", my long commutes have made ebooks more attractive. My shoulders are certainly happy to have one less thing to carry.


message 36: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Dupré The truth is that it does depend on the book--for instance, I definitely preferred listening to the audiobook of Yes Please! over reading the hardcover. But in general, my preference goes like this: Paperback, Audiobook, Ebook, Hardcover. I hate hardcover books. Give me a trade paperback any day!


message 37: by Kayla (new)

Kayla I'm actually surprised that so many people chose paperback. I had imagined in this day and age that more people (especially people from goodreads) are finally taking the step to abolishing the book haha. E-readers are everywhere, but it's nice to see that so many are still continuing the traditional path of paper.


message 38: by Coyote (last edited Jan 14, 2015 05:43AM) (new)

Coyote I'd say paperback (I have enough of them crowding my shelves to rest my case), but ever since I've bought an e-reader, I favor that one.


message 39: by Rajitha (new)

Rajitha 'Depends on the book' is the closest to 'whatever is available'.


message 40: by Theron (new)

Theron Williams Where's the "I don't give a rip, I just love to read" option? That's the one I would vote for.


message 41: by P (new)

P D With translations, referring to footnotes is a pain in e-format. For everything else, though, reading under the sheets, lights-out so I fall asleep better, is so damn convenient.


message 42: by Eva (new)

Eva I love hardcovers but also ebooks ...depends on it. My living room shelves scream for ebooks.


message 43: by Beth Anne (new)

Beth Anne people need to discover the awesomeness of audiobooks. and people who say "it isn't reading" are wrong.


message 44: by Ema (last edited Jan 27, 2015 04:43PM) (new)

Ema I love all except Audio, I have to yet try it out, but I'm sure it will be great :)


message 45: by Austin (new)

Austin I used to scoff at the idea of eBooks, but now nearly all my reading is done with them. eBook readers have come a long way since the pre-Kindle era.

Downloading an eBook from my public library's website is still one of the coolest free things in my life.

The only time I buy paper books now is if I'm getting some used books on eBay. Used books are dirt cheap and I'm kind of sad at the thought that one day there will no longer be a secondary market (unless someone comes up with a way of selling a "used" eBook).


message 46: by Bulbul (new)

Bulbul Ebooks because I can carry them everywhere. Can also read on amazon cloud while in meetings. If the book is thick, it is so difficult to carry. On kindle love the dictionary feature.


message 47: by Ann (new)

Ann Shame I couldn't pick two, because I like either a paperback or hardback, but as hardbacks are more expensive I tend to get the paperback


message 48: by Shacoria (new)

Shacoria Nobody likes audiobooks.


message 49: by Kat (new)

Kat Ann wrote: "Shame I couldn't pick two, because I like either a paperback or hardback, but as hardbacks are more expensive I tend to get the paperback"

i agree with you i like both harcover and papper back and hardcover do seem to be more expencive


message 50: by TalktoAnaR (new)

TalktoAnaR What's important is the content or the story of the book that I'm reading. Paperback is cheaper, I get the most out of my money in buying paperback books, plus it's more handy :)


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