Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bookish Banter: Book Vs. Audio Vs. Kindle

A little Bookish Banter to get us through.  Bookish Banter is a little bit of banter about our bookish thoughts as we have a friendly discussion over a nice cup of tea. 

Do you prefer book, audio, or kindle when reading books?


It really just depends. I like to read really short books on my kindle, and the reason for that is most of them show how long I have until I finish a book, in the bottom left of the screen. I like see how fast I can read, while still retaining the book. And so when it's like 6+ hours it almost feels discouraging.

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Which is funny, because I like to listen to long books on audio, because I can listen to them at 2x speed and still retain it. The longest book I've listened to was Ready Player One at almost 16 hours. I think the longest we have on audio currently is Winter by Marissa Meyer, at almost 24 hours. Which is insane and incredibly intimidating.

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I do also really like having physical books though, and the reason for that is A) I like to collect them. I love the way books look on my shelf, especially if it's a book I really loved, or if it's in a series. Or if the cover is pretty. I refuse to buy books on my kindle, if the cover is pretty. Because I want the physical book. And B) because I like to physically hold and smell the books. Yes, smell. Ask Jenn about that one. 

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This is such a hard question. I do all three. I love physical book! I love them so much. I love the way they look on my booshelf. I love the weight of them in my hands (or my purse) I love love love the way they smell...

 They all around make my heart pitter patter quickly... The issue I have is that my eyes are getting bad (need readers now) and physical books are just too hard for me to read without my glasses, and I really hate wearing my glasses and I lose them... often... this leads me to kindle books. 

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On the Kindle I can make the screen bright and make the font bigger. After this I have no issues reading at all. I can read my kindle for hours.... except when I need to charge it. The issue with kindle books, the room. I have an older kindle fire and I need more space. 

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Audio... Oh I love audio. I can listen to them while I do other things, including my job. I prefer them for long books or for books with lots of info dumping like fantasy. The problem with audio... they are more expensive than books. 

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So really I have no preference. I love them all and I use whatever fits my purpose at the moment. 

So do you have a preference or are you all in and take the read whichever way you can?


  1. I enjoy physical books for the look and smell of them. I love them on my shelf, but for reading, I like to stick to my kindle, so even if I have a physical book, I will likely get the ebook from the library or Amazon or something. Audiobooks. I love them. I can only seem to listen when I am crafting or driving, so it takes me a little while to get through my books, but I couldn't drive in a car and NOT listen to a book anymore. It depresses me. I tried travelling to work with someone else, and couldn't listen to my audiobooks, and I nearly went nuts. I decided the savings wasn't worth my mental health and went back to travelling by myself.
    Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

  2. I'm a huge audiobook fan. That is 9 times out of ten the format I will choose. I tend to go ebook or physical book if it book isn't available on audio or if I really dislike the narrator. I have way more time to listen than to read, as I can listen while at work on most of the time, then add in the commute, cleaning, etc. I do prefer ebook to physical books, because I can highlight, search when it comes to writing reviews. I also like that I can carry around 100+ books on my phone (for any unexpected delays that I need something to do) or on my kindle when I travel on vacation. I do love having physical books to adorn my shelves. Great topic.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  3. I prefer physical books. Reading on a screen is stressful because I stare at computers all day for work. I haven’t tried many audiobooks. I was thinking of getting one for when I’m exercising. It would give me something to think about besides how much my body hurts.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I actually prefer kindle books because then I can read them in the dark when my husband is sound asleep lol! But if I love the book then I have to get the hardback or paperback for my shelves. I still read physical books, but only if I get a better deal on them then their kindle price. :)
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog


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