It is time for Thoughtful Thursday and the bookish questions that pop up while I am reading. Please share your thoughts on the bookish question of the week. I am curious to hear what you have to say! There are no wrong answers. Questions about Thoughtful Thursday or future Thoughtful Thursday posts? Check out my Thoughtful Thursday section. Alright, on to the question!
Does the type of book (e.g., genre, demographic, page length) inspire you to read the book in a particular format (e.g., audio book, paperback, hardcover, e-book)?
I have noticed over the last couple of months that I seem to have a preference for different book formats based on the type of book that I am reading. If a book is quite long (~1000 pages), I prefer to listen to the audio book version of the book rather than read the book. For some reason, a 40-hour book seems more manageable to me than an 800-page book. Even though it is faster for me to read the book than listen, I will chose the audio book (assuming that the reader is good). I have been doing the audio books for the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I think I am enjoying it more having Roy Dotrice read the books to me than me reading the book by myself.
I prefer to read e-books, because my kindle is light weight. If I do decide to read a physical book, I prefer a hardcover (if it is over 400 pages) or a softcover (if it is under 400 pages). I found this preference baffling at first, but then I realized that this is due to book bindings. I find hardcovers help hold the book together when there are a lot of pages. When there are less than 400 pages, the softcover works well enough to hold the book together. I hate it when you see large books squeezed into mass paperbacks with horrible bindings and all of the pages start falling out when you get halfway through the book. When I read Gone with the Wind years ago, I would peel each page out of the book after I read it, because the book feel apart halfway through it. If the book is a romance, thriller, or something more action-packed "beach read," however, then I want a mass market paperback. Usually books like this are the right length for a mass market paperback, and I don't have the book binding problem.
As an aside, I prefer to read galleys/ARCs as physical books. This is because I find the e-book ARCs to have weird formatting issues fairly often.
Okay, now that I have told you some of my crazy book habits, I want to hear yours.
Now it is your turn! Does the type of book (e.g., genre, demographic, page length) inspire you to read the book in a particular format (e.g., audio book, paperback, hardcover, e-book)?
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