I saw this question floating around on Facebook, and it got me curious. How do you prefer to do your reading? Paperbacks, hardcovers, or ebooks?
I used to be all about a good mix of paperbacks and hardcovers. If there was a book, an author, or a series I really enjoyed, I’d re-buy the book in hardcover just to have it in my collection. I always had one or two paperbacks in arm’s reach, and even though I don’t carry a purse, I always had a book in my hand, in my lunch bag, or in my coat pocket. (Back when I wore coats, that is, pre-Arizona.)
When my husband and I moved in together, I went through our shared book collection and found a good percentage of our books were duplicates — which just goes to show that you marry the person who matches your reading habits!
But I’ve been typing for thirty-plus years now, and I’m at a point where holding up a paperback can be a strain on my wrists if I’ve been writing all day. Let’s not talk about hardcovers — especially not, for example, the Tom Clancy omnibus of Cardinal of the Kremlin/Red Storm Rising that I used to own. I’m pretty sure I could’ve used that book to stop bullets, it was so big and heavy.
The husband was an early adopter of ebooks. Skeptical as I was, when he bought me a Kindle for my birthday that first year, I tried it.
It was love at first sight.
Now, I have multiple Kindles: a Paperwhite that doesn’t work (GRR), two Kindle Keyboards that I use for editing my books, and a Kindle Fire that I use for recipes (though most of them should read “1. Get food. 2. Light on fire. 3. Order pizza.)
As much as I love the sight of a library or the tactile experience of turning pages, ebooks have stolen my heart — and my wrists. What’s your preferred reading method?