A Question of Format

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I love to read. I don’t have a specific genre I like to read, although science fiction is heavily weighted on my reading list.  I love books. I love the way they feel. The way they smell, especially old ones you picked up at the used bookstore.

This raises a question, though. What format of book is the best? Paper books are great  for the reasons I have already stated. Plus there is nothing like going to a bookstore and browsing for a new book.

I cannot listen to audio books. My mind wanders too much.  I guess I can understand those who love audio books. A hands free way to enjoy a story by having someone read it to you is comforting, too. Who didn’t love being read to as a child?

Ebooks are the greatest threat to print media. Easy to produce, no trees harmed and a way to keep a publishers back catalog available. I admit that even though I love print books, I have fallen victim to the convenience that is the ebook.

Recently I have been reading a great deal of H. Beam Piper. Most of his books are out of print and trapped in copyright hell. Without ebooks, I would never had read his stuff.

The other advantage to ebooks is the low cost of entry for self publishing. Authors can take their work directly to the masses. All in all, the electronic book has a lot of advantages that print media just can’t  do.

Still, I will never give up on print books. Sure they take up a lot of space, but having a hard copy is the ultimate form of backup. If the apocalypse comes, I will be well prepared when my iPad quits working.
This is post 944 since the founding of this blog in March 2005.


  1. Audio books are a must when driving or going to sleep.
    10"ish tablet for textbooks.
    Will never give up my Opium infused kite book.


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