This week the folks at Weekly Geeks are asking us about our reading habits, more specifically what type of reading do we do? Do we read paper books, ebooks, a combination of both? Do we like new reading technology or are we opposed to it? The following questions have been posed and the Quirky Girls answered:
- Did you have a hard and fast mindset in regards to your reading a year ago? (paperback, ebooks etc)
- Are you still true to that format?
- If you have tried another format (ebook, audio) – Share your experience?
- What was it that made you tried something out of your comfort zone?
- If you have not tried another format – Why?
- Give a brief over view of where you are at with your reading now, eg, load of paperback lying round, or the out of sight out of mind e-reader putting your mind at each or life as you know it have toss you a curve ball and forced you to think outside of the box?
- How do you feel about different output method now?
- I didn’t. I had no objections to ebooks.
- Pretty much.
- I have fallen absolutely in love with audio books. They keep me from have road rage episodes when I’m stuck in the worst traffic imaginable (and since I live in a large metropolitan area, there’s some hateful traffic out there!!)
- Initially, I bought the Harry Potter ebooks because as an actor, I’m a fan of good performances, and ya’ll Jim Dale is amazing in those audio books. Afterwards, it occurred to me that audio books might be a fantastic way to “read” Lord of the Rings since I kept falling asleep to my paperback copy. Worked great. Another fantastic performance.
- I’ll try anything at this point.
- I will NEVER give up all of my paper books, but I admit my bookcase isn’t quite as full as it used to be.
- I still love ebooks in concept, but like a lot of customers, I am a bit put out with the fact that the ebook cost isn’t significantly less than the paper book. For new releases especially, it’s most often cheaper to buy the hardback than it is the ebook. That doesn’t seem right at all.
- I think a year ago was about when I got my nook. So I was definitely open to ebooks.
- Very much so. The only books I buy in paper form are those that (a) I know I will want to keep forever and/or (b) are far cheaper to purchase used (I love you, Half-Price Books) than to purchase for my nook. Another reason I like my nook is because I can have hundreds of books on hand in a device the size of a trade paperback. That means that if I am flying and have an unexpectedly lengthy layover, I need not panic and buy a book from the limited selection at the airport stores. I just sign on to the internet and buy a book from my wish list.
- I love audio books. Before I started carpooling again, they saved me from road rage. In addition, I find that books I have trouble reading in print (Hunchback of Notre Dame, anyone?) are a lot easier for me to “read” in audio format.
- The clutter of my house. I’m a voracious reader, and books were threatening to take over. Since then I have gotten rid of a LOT of books.
- Most of my reading is done on my nook. All the free books that I can get through google books, the free books barnes & noble offers, books on special, etc. I do have to have at least a few paper books around the house so I can read in the bathtub. I mean, if I drop a paper book in the tub, I’m out a couple of bucks. If I drop my nook in the tub—you get the general idea. I will say that I prefer my cookbooks to be in paper, and I have a nice stack of them in my pantry.
- Love it. I love that there are so many different ways to consume books.
- I did not think e-readers were for me. I could not fathom the lack of that feel of the pages between your fingers, the musty smell of an old book, the ability to see how far I had come and how much further I had to go in my reading, the end of a use for bookmarks…
- I do still read more print books than electronic.
- Yes. I received an iPad for my birthday and loaded a few chunksters onto it. I loved the instant dictionary at my fingertips while reading, the ability to mark passages, and the fact that I could read on the eliptical without getting cramps in my hands holding the fat book flat.
- I didn’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth.
- If you have not tried another format – Why? – N/A
- I enjoy reading both formats – hard to beat the convenience of the e-book though.
- They all have their pros and cons. Testing out new methods is the only way to find out what fits for you.
- A year ago I only read paper books. Of that, about ninety percent were library books. I didn’t give much thought to the format I was reading. I didn’t have an e-reader nor did I desire one. I wasn’t against them. I am all for whatever will encourage people to read. I just didn’t think they were for me.
- Ha! No. I received a Kindle for Christmas from my dad. He gifted one to my sister and me because we are such big readers. Neither one of us was terribly excited until we started playing with them. It took me a couple of months to warm up to the format, but I have to say, I am more than a little hooked.
- I have dipped my toes into the world of audiobooks. Mostly it has been a positive experience. For me it is all about the narrator. I tried to listen to The Book Thief and I couldn’t get past the first minute. I tried listening to a few times, but I couldn’t stomach the narrator. However, when I read the paper version I couldn’t put it down. Books I’ve really enjoyed listening to are Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch (the narrator really made this one for me) and The Prophecy of Sisters (read by none other than the lovely Eliza Dushku.)
- I’ll steal Molly’s words-I didn’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. As for audio books, my first foray into them was Izzy lending me a couple of her audio books. I discovered that it is quite nice to listen to a book whilst cooking.
- I have tried other formats. But I’d like to share a story. As Izzy and CG have been responsible for getting me hooked on various series and authors (not to mention tv shows) I have to take partial credit for their nook conversion. A mutual friend purchased a nook on a whim because the book she wanted to buy at the bookstore wasn’t available. However, it was available on the nook. All she had to do was purchase that instead. The book in question was a book I had reviewed. She must have wanted to read it badly enough because she promptly purchased the ereader and started reading the book that night. Well, she loved her ereader so much it got CG thinking she should get one. After she got hers, Izzy wanted one and eventually acquired one of her own. I take great pleasure in my small part in this domino effect. hee hee 🙂
- I still have a giant shelf full of books, not to mention books in various stacks around my house, but they are a bit neglected as I am a little addicted to my Kindle. It is so handy to read on the train during my daily commute. And I love reading the New York Times on it. However, the last few weeks, I haven’t been reading it as much in favor of re-reading the Harry Potter books which are hardback.
- I feel great about the variety in my reading. Although, I haven’t been to the library in a while and the Kindle ownership has me a lot more reckless in my book buying. I used to be really good with my discipline at the bookstore, but the ability to purchase a book at a whim without leaving my house has sorely tested me, haha.