Paperback, E-book, or Audio?
Can I just say 'yes'?
I grew up with print books. I was also the kid who lugged them everywhere, so if I got a spare moment, I could read.
Storing them is another matter. By now you've figured out that I married 'Grumpy Claus'....the man may resemble Santa, but he's actually his grouchy younger brother. The only time I've had my entire print library on shelves was from 1997-2006. He griped because I even had shelves under his train table. I thought it was okay, because he only used the top part! Uh-oh....it was still invading 'his' space.
I've become more selective of the ones I hold onto; if I didn't like one, it gets donated. I'm currently turning the basement into my home office, and dream of the day all my favorites are back on shelves, not shoved in boxes in my storage unit. Our previous house had no room for my babies.
I do like to buy print copies of the wonderful authors I've met over the years, so I'm not entirely converted to the next category, lol!
My Kindle would have been perfect for me as a teen! Mom used to complain about the tote bag full of reading material when we went on vacations. Not only by car, but we would also spend 3 weeks in Florida every summer. What can I say? I like to read by the pool or at the beach when I'm not in the water. There's also the plane ride....the trip from the airport....rainy days....during the car ride to Disney or to visit my uncle....you get the picture. Then I could have carried my entire library with me in the palm of my hand....and she wouldn't have had to shell out $3-5 every other day (I'm exaggerating!) for fresh reading material when I ran out.
When Grumpy Claus was working, I bought about 12 books a month. Since he retired, I'm lucky if I get to buy one every month. My wish list on Amazon is over 20 pages. At last count on Goodreads, it stood at 250 books and more added each month. Yeah, I need to win a lottery......
I will admit, I've only listened to two audio books. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe held us spellbound back in the early 2000s, and I think we flipped the disc over maybe 10 times before we resumed listening to music.
Dad was listening to The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis, and I found my attention wandering when I rode with him. So maybe it was the subject matter?
I've not tried to listen to any of my friends' audio books, but maybe if my eyesight gets worse, then I'll have to resort to getting an Audible account.
What's your opinion? What is your choice?
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Again, I'm out of town this weekend. I'll be volunteering my time at the Indies In Indy conference, so if you're near Carmel, In and want to stop by, I'll be at the Silent Auction table:) I'll probably catch up with everyone else's post on Sunday or Monday!