It’s Week 30 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog Challenge and this week’s question is Paperback, e_Book or Audio? Well, a book by any other name (or format) is still a book. That said, I do have a preference for e-books first, then audio, and finally print.
My embrace of e-books started in 1999 when I picked up my first electronic book__on a 3 1/2 inch diskette – remember those?–at the Chicago RWA Conference. I also moderated the first ever RWA National workshop on e-books with Jane Toombs and Janet Lane Walters. I went home and read that book on my laptop. It was a PDF file and I stuck a little post-it on my laptop so I could keep track of where I was in the book.
Yes, e-books required some dedication in the early days, but I was well motivated. I’d already run out of space for print books, and had resorted to sneaking new paperbacks into the house when my husband was at work, LOL. I still have boxes and boxes of books from the 1990s stashed in boxes all over the house. Must sort through them one of these days.
Later I read on a Sony Clie PDA and invested in an RCA Gemstar e-Reader which I loved. It died about the time the very first Kindle was announced, so I ordered one, making me an early adopter of the Kindle.
Now I read my Kindle books on a Paperwhite and on the Kindle apps on my iPad. Since getting the iPad, I got an account at Audible so I can listen to audiobooks in my car, which I thoroughly enjoy.
And yes, I still occasionally read print books, but always find myself wishing I could turn up the backlighting or increase the font.
Which do you prefer? Print, e-book or audio?
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