This is a discussion post virtually every book blogger ever has added to.
I felt I should to.
- Looks a lot nicer on a shelf.
- Tend to have nicer covers.
- Surprises under dust jackets.
- First to be released.
- More satisfying to possess/smell/feel/read usually.
- The classic form of a book.
- Hard to carry around / hold up to read for extended periods.
- Dust jacket can get messed up or lost.
- Way more expensive usually.
- Take up a lot of space in one’s house/room.
Hardcovers are preferable for looks but sometimes impracticable and expensive.
- Easy to read and carry than a hardback.
- Cheaper and still physical for display and collection.
- No dust jacket anxiety.
- Easier than hardback to read for extended periods.
- They can take long to be released (over a year past the hardcover at times).
- Usually have worse covers.
- Get damaged easier (bent spines)
- Don’t look as nice on a shelf.
Easier, cheaper, but not as pretty.
- Easy to carry around.
- Doesn’t take up room/house/shelf space.
- Generally the cheapest.
- The modern book format.
- No worries about loss or damages.
- Don’t have to worry about being intimidated by book size.
- E-books can be tricky, because depending on the reader you have ( as in iPad vs. kindle vs nook vs app vs desktop vs what ever else exists) can make a big difference on the experience.
- Some books, especially image or formatting specific ones usually become unreadable in the best of times.
- Can’t be lent to friends.
- No physical shelf to be prideful of.
- Have to buy a device that can cost $80+
I love reading on my kindle – when I have mobis, PDFs only work on the desktop and I never have time to read there. Adobe Digital Editions gets tedious.
I’ve been using e-books since early middle school, as its easier to carry around in a bookbag and on vacations, and long books seem less intimidating. Also, decreasing shelf space.
E-books as a preference or option varies greatly by device and by the person.
E-books are the cheapest, easiest, and least satisfying.
Despite this discussion being ever popular, audiobooks are never included it seems. They always get a separate rave or rant. Its a book format like any other, only far it gets included. Hell, I made a rant about them in my first ever discussion.
- Easy to read on the go/ when multitasking.
- Lets people who don’t usually have time to read, read.
- Can be inexpensive.
- Fun to listen to voices for the characters (on the better or full cast ones at least).
- Can be hard to focus on.
- Can take longer to listen to than actually read.
- Quality of audiobooks in narration varies drastically.
- Makes it difficult to imagine characters for yourself.
Audiobooks have less objective pros and cons, they mostly fall down to personal preference. I don’t abhor them or anything, but I prefer to read for myself. They I may have to listen to some that are full cast narrations, as those sound fun!
I will continue to prefer hardcovers, and only buying paperbacks when I’m desperate for a physical copy/at a second hand store.
My e-reader will continue to be for arcs.
Really there is no conclusion to be reached in this sort of discussion, I just wanted to make my pros and cons lists.