This week’s MFRW Blog Challenge topic is “Paper, eBook, or Audio”.
I’d much rather read a story myself than have someone read one to me. And I do prefer paper.
And yes, I currently have shelf after shelf filled with books, and then some! One of the books sitting on my coffee table is the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’ll get there someday!
For now, paper books work better with my reading style. I like to read a story to the first turning point, then flip to the end of the book and see what the author has done. Sometimes, I go to the middle of the book and see what kind of turning point the author has come up with.
That’s all so much harder to do with eBooks! I have to remember a number, instead of just sticking my finger or bookmark in the book to hold my place. Or, I suppose I can flag my stopping point with one of those Kindle electronic flags. But a paper bookmark just seems faster and easier.
Still, I read lots of eBooks and I collect just as many on my Kindle as paper books on my shelves. I particularly like eBooks when I read a series book I love and want the author’s next book RIGHT THAT MOMENT. Click, click, click, and no waiting.
I think audio could work for me on long car trips if I had a husband who shared my taste in fiction. We do listen to nonfiction books sometimes, but the few times we tried fiction, one or the other of us got bored.
Other issues with audiobooks:
Male actors reading a female character’s dialogue in falsetto. DOES NOT WORK. Throws me right out of the story. Conversely, females reading male characters’ dialogue is a bit better if they don’t exaggerate too much.
Audiobooks just tell the story too slowly. I can read it a lot faster than I can hear it. I gave up on my last audiobook and downloaded the original book to finish reading on my Kindle.
What’s your preference?
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