Your Fav Book Format - Print, Audio, E-book

@blondbat (504)
United States
April 10, 2007 5:36pm CST
Which one do you like better, a traditional printed book, a book on cassette/CD or an electronic book? Why? I am still old school, and like a traditional printed book. Although I have thought about having a few e-books I could read on my PDA or iPod. But when push comes to shove, I think I would stick to printed books. Just my opinion. I prefer to have something in my hand that won't run out of batteries, that all I have to do to read is open the cover turn the pages.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I'm a tradintionalist. I love the printed word. I even love the smell of the ink and the paper. And yes, I know full well how crazy that sounds.
@blondbat (504)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Then I must be crazy too! LOL I do like the smell and feel of a brand new book, or even an old one. I like holding it in my hand, it feels like a good thing.
10 Apr 07
Ithought I was the only one. It is great to meet so many like minded people on MyLot. I read so much I borrow books from the library instead of buying them all. I need to get the new ones that nobody else has borrowed yet. If it still smells new I have to keep flicking the pages to smell it. Do you think it might be addictive?
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@blondbat (504)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Thank heavens for me there are 3 libraries within just a few miles of me, and I can never leave any of them with just 1 or 2 books! That doesn't even count the used books I buy!! Yes, I AM addicted to books... LOL but it is a good addiction.
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I prefer Print myself. I am not used to the Audio or e-book unless it catches me someehow.
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@blondbat (504)
• United States
11 Apr 07
In all fairness, I have downloaded a few e-books. These have been more instruction manuals for making and selling jewelry or other "reference" type books. I still don't dare read an e-book on the iPod or PDA in the tub, or want to listen to an audio book there either. The iPod is only for music there! and FAR away from the tub!
@kogiro (124)
• Portugal
11 Apr 07
In order to read a novel I really prefer the old fashion way, beeing able to old the book and reading where ever i want, it´s one of the majors adavantages of the printed books, i find hard to focus great periods of times on the monitor in order to read an e-book, and emerse myself in the story, and in the case of the audio-books, after a while of hearing the voice, i drift off, definitely the print version is by far my favorite.
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@Doomsayer (115)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I'm traditional, so I love the printed word. The whole idea of ebooks just disgusts me. I stick to printed books; there's just something about the printed word.
@Bizziebod (3526)
11 Apr 07
Hi, There's nothing like going to bed and reading a book, you can't really do that with e-books unless you print them out and then it wouldn't really be easy! No you can't get better than old fashioned printed book for me.
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@nancyrowina (3850)
12 Apr 07
I agree I still like to read printed books you can actually hold and turn the pages of, older books have a smell too which is like nothing else. I can't get into e books though maybe when I get an ipod I'll try to read some but I don't think they'll win me over.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Add me to the list that favors the old-fashioned printed book. As many have stated, the smell, the feel of the book in my hands, not worrying about batteries, not having to sit at my computer to read, the reasons are endless. I'm sure that in certain situations,(listening to a book while driving) other forms are great to have and use, but for general purpose, I want the printed version!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I love my ebooks. I always have a good supply on me to read. The PDA which I carry anyhow weights just a few ounces. I can read in line, at the doctor's office, while sitting in the car and at the ER. I would not want to carry around a book all of the time. The ebook is the way to go.
• United States
11 Apr 07
I am with you...I much prefer printed hard copy books over audio or e-books. I love to read. I love the smell of a book, and the feel of the pages between my fingers. I don't care for audio books, somehow, things seem to get lost in traslation for me with someone elses voice reading. I can't focus. I enjoy e-books and the medium is growing by leaps and bounds. It is hard for me to just sit at the computer to read them though. I don't have an e-reader and not sure I want one. So, for me it is all about the page turner.
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
I must agree with you. Although it is very refreshing to hear your favorite book narrated, and it's amusing to have a small e-library in the palm of your hands, I still find myself wanting the dogeared pages of my regular books.
@darkzzt (760)
• Canada
10 Apr 07
i like the traditional printed books, the ones that you can hold in your hands. ebooks have to be read on a computer and sometimes i try to get away from my computer because i am on mine too much. i have tried to listen to audio books before but sometimes the speaker is not pleasant to listen to, so it makes the book become boring
10 Apr 07
I prefer to read novels in printed book format. I do enough at the computer screen without reading books too. I read whilst eating lunch when everybody else is out. It is good that there are books on cassette as my mum needs them but it is not the same as having the voice in your head do it as you wish it to be read - even if it makes mistakes sometimes and I have to reread a bit.