One topic you run into a lot with bookish types is what format of books they prefer. After all, in the modern world, there are a lot of options for reading: paperback, hardback, audio, e-book. Some people like to collect old books, or ARCs, or first editions. Some people are snobs about it, insisting that audio or e-books aren't "real" reading, with which I strongly disagree.
For my part, I consider content to be a lot more important than the delivery. One of the best thing about audio and e-books is that they make stories more accessible, and, as a social justice/disability advocate, I believe that accessibility is key to combating injustice and inequality. Accessibility gives people options. I know people who can only manage to read through audio books, and it makes me so happy that those books exist. It's one of my biggest hopes that when I finally get published, my books will be available in all those formats, e-book and audio as well as the standard ones.
Now, personally, I prefer to read paperbacks. Even though I'm not picky about format, something about the real pages is enjoyable to me, as opposed to the e-copies. I'm not really sure why. Maybe I find it easier on the eyes, taking a break from screens. But e-books don't really bother me. On the other hand, audio books drive me absolutely crazy. I really respect their importance for other people, but I cannot stand listening to them myself. I just read too fast on my own to be able to tolerate the slower pace and lack of control that comes with the audio format. I prefer paperback over hardback simply because they're lighter-weight and more portable. However, I recognize that when it comes to income, hardbacks pay off more for the author, and since I get most of my books from the library, I'll take whichever one is available.
All of that to say, I'd love to hear from you about this. What formats do you read in? Which do you prefer? Let me know! I'll see you again tomorrow.
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