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It’s Not Snobbish or Old-Fashioned If You Still Prefer Reading A Book!

I have a confession to make.

I still prefer reading a physical book over an eBook or audiobook. Whew…I got it off my chest!

It seems these days (in our social media age) that if you only read paperbacks or hardcover books, you are outdated like the 8-Track or Cassette Tapes.  Reading on an eReading device (Kindle or Kobo) a reading app on your smartphone, or listening to an audiobook is the way most readers these days prefer to read.

I do not.  I have a Kindle Paperwhite.  My wife bought it for me as Christmas gift a few years ago.  And I have read quite a few books on it.  It’s fine…but not the same as holding a trade paperback or hardcover in my hands.  For example, I’m currently reading Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay.  It is a beautiful-looking cover and holding the trade paperback in my hands just brings a good feeling to mind and I love that experience.

Also, I like that reading a book is one of few things left that I don’t have to stare a screen. Whether it’s a laptop, desktop (at work) smartphone, or eReading device…we are staring at a screen all the time.  My eyes (I wear glasses) need a break from the screen and reading a physical book meets that need.

I have a second confession to make.

I have never listened to an audiobook and do not plan too. I know audiobooks have expanded tremendously in the past decade.  And with podcasts becoming a part of the mainstream listening to audiobooks should be the natural progression. I love podcasts but I have no desire to listen to audiobooks.  For me, reading is still a physical and imaginative experience.  I get both elements with an actual book not an eBook or Audiobook.  I just made a lot of people mad with my love of physical books. Again, I have nothing against those other forms of reading. I just love the But the physical book is the only form I need for reading.    And that does not make old fashioned or snobbish.  Just give me a paperback or hardcover and I’m good to go!!!

4 Responses to It’s Not Snobbish or Old-Fashioned If You Still Prefer Reading A Book!

  1. I totally agree. I do read on my ere aderito, it is very handy. But honestly, l only buy an ebook if l don’t feel invented enough to to buy a paper book. I l love a story, l want a paper book.

    I have never heard to an audiobook either. I know many people listen to them while doing other stuff. I don’t think l’d be able. I need to concentrate on a story.

    So don’t feel alone 🙂

  2. I for one have never found the appeal of the reading the kindle or kindle Fire. Nothing compares to reading a book, the words have life and seem to come at you. And as the light of the day moves so does the writing… or at least it does to me. Oh yeah, I love natural lighting also. 🙂

    • I agree Earl. I use my Kindle Paperwhite for books I can not get cheaply or if there’s a sale at Amazon. Otherwise, I’m reading the book. LOL!!

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Do You Re-Read?

I have a question. Do you re-read? I will admit that I do not re-read much. The last book I re-read was Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.  I did gain a lot of insight re-reading that powerful novel the second time around. I would like to think as a reader that I would… Continue Reading

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  1. Interesting topic. I’m af firm believer in re-reading books. I’m especially into series so I’m Always waiting for the next book. As soon as it comes I fly through it. So then I re-read it one or two more times to gain more insight into certain areas I may have overlooked. Plus some scenes from the book have to be read multiple times (it’s just that good) . So great blog and can’t wait for the next read.

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