When I grew up, there were only books. You either bought them, or you went to the library and borrowed them. And, of course, you shared them with friends and family. You had two sorts of books: Hardcover and Paperback. And that was it…Tweet
Then the invention of the World Wide Web changed reading forever
Then the invention of the world wide web (I just wrote “world wild web” 😉 ) appeared in our lives, and the “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” became a reality: You could buy a little plastic box which stored more and more novels, short stories and what else authors come up.
I wasn’t a fan at first. To me, the library was heaven, and the smell of the book in my hands made the reading experience what it was ~ the real thing. However, I became a blogger and discovered non-mainstream authors. I found authors who did not get a deal with a publishing house but whose stories entertained me enormously. If I wanted to read more than what they shared on their blogs, I had to get over myself. I had to get an e-reader. And so I did.
And the latest stage of my life’s reading journey is audiobooks. I discovered them last year and can’t get enough of them. That is because I got to know “Libby”, an app that connects your library account with Libby’s e- and audiobook offering. Oh, my gosh!
I remember the discussions about how e-books would destroy the publishing world and how they would destroy author’s incomes. However, to me, it doesn’t look like this destruction happened. It appears more, like the publishing world and the income opportunities have changed. So now that we can choose from so many different ways of reading which do you prefer?
I love reading books the old-fashioned way. I grab a cup of cocoa, get on the sofa and bury myself in a fantasy world of my choosing. Or learn about a topic in which I always was interested. There is something soothing about holding a “real” book in my hands. It reminds me of childhood, cosy nights and a life that seemed to be less difficult.
However, since I had an operation on my arm it is rather hard to hold a book in my hands. And my eyes aren’t what they used to be. Unfortunately, you can’t adjust the font size in an old-fashioned book. Unless, of course, you buy the big print books. But they can be very expensive. On a budget that doesn’t work.
E-Books sort the problem of weight and font size out nicely. E-readers are usually pretty light and you can adjust the fonts to any size you like. Disregarding the original investment of purchasing an e-reader you can be frugal with buying books for e-readers: There are so many offers out there today that you can even get well-known authors for the fraction of the “real” book price if you are patient enough to wait for the reduction or special offer.
However, that brings on the problem of “So many books so little time”. I suspect I am not the only one who has her e-reader full of books that she hasn’t even had a look at. I wish someone would pay me for reading them all. I happily review them where ever I can 🙂 . And I do not really like illustrations in e-books. That is because they are usually too small but can’t be made bigger easily. Well, if there are any. Illustrations can be one thing that makes a “real” book an experience of art.
Listening to Audiobooks
And that is where my current obsession with audiobooks comes from. I do the dishes listening to an audiobook on my mobile. I carry my phone with the audiobook running while doing household chores. I even have it on in my car. Unfortunately, I only commute a short distance so by the time I arrive at work I am only frustrated that I can’t hear more 😉 .
But audiobooks pose a problem I never thought about until a blind blogger friend mentioned it: The quality of the readers. For a short time, I had an app on my phone that offered audio versions of copyright-free novels. However, most of them were read in such a monotone way that it nearly put me off listening to them at all. I had the chance to try out Audible and even there were some boring readers. And then there are those readers who embellish the stories with different voices. Which often simply don’t work for me. I’d rather they could afford to use different readers.
Books, E-Books & Audiobooks ~ I love them all but what about you?
While I was against the newfangled ways of reading in my younger years today I love them all. Books, e-books and audiobooks offer me a different reading experience each with its advantages and disadvantages. But I am a sucker for a good story no matter if it is in a “real” book, an e-book or an audiobook. As long as they take me away to another world or teach me something I am happy. But what do you think?
A Fellow Blogger Pondered This Topic Recently
Heaven over at “The Book Cubicle” pondered this topic back in March 2021 and it was interesting to see what her preferences were. Please, check her post out at ” Which do I Prefer: physical books, e-books, or audiobooks?”
Good vibes your way
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