Saturday, 2 March 2019

Book Blogger Hop - do you read print books or ebooks?

I spotted this Book Blogger Hop over at Sunny Buzzy Books this week and thought it would be fun to join in.

This week's question (1st - 7th March 2019) is:
Have you made the switch from print to e-books? Is either one exclusive? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Review)

I always used to be exclusively a print book person and was slow to appreciate the potential of ebooks. When we lived in a house and I had a job I didn't have the time to read as much as I now do so could feed my habit with visits to charity shops and the occasional borrowing of new books from my OH.
Since we have embraced the travelling life and I bought my beloved Kindle Fire though, I now nearly only read ebooks or rarely listen to a downloaded audiobook. There is limited book space in a caravan, or now a motorhome, so I have a half dozen print books stashed. These get swapped out at book exchanges when I've read them. Otherwise all my reads are ebooks. I have a serious NetGalley habit(!), often volunteer reviews for blog tours, and also keep an eye out for good Amazon deals. I love having access to global indie and small press ebooks that just wasn't possible via traditional print publishing.
I can't now imagine how I would cope without ebooks. Fingers crossed that dystopian hell never becomes reality!


The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

14 comments:

  1. Before finding NetGalley I mostly read all print books and for the most part I still read a lot of print books but I do read ebooks as well.

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    1. NetGalley is probably my favourite book source!

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  2. I'm afraid I'm very old school here,as by choice it is printed paper every time. I feel with a Kindle I am missing out on so much and never get the same feel for the book. In particular where in the book and on the page a particular piece of prose (that I'd failed to bookmark) is and on occasions even what the title of the book is!

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    1. I miss seeing book covers when I use my Kindle. NetGalley titles often don't have the cover art so the appearance doesn't stick in brain as effectively as having read a printed book. Which leads to have-I-read-it-or-not moments several months later :-/

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  3. eBooks are better than the printed books I think...

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    1. They certainly can be more convenient when space is an issue!

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  4. I tend to use ebooks to try new authors and series if books are free or at bargain prices. I find it very useful for this. However with the realisation that Amazon can take back your ebooks if they think you broke any of their rules, the books are really sort of on loan, rather than mine! Also if my ereader breaks, I lose access to the ebooks as I can't buy a new one at the moment! So if I love a book, I buy a nice print copy that I know is mine forever!

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    1. I rarely read anything more than once so Amazon's rules aren't such a nuisance, and I do love the cheap access to new authors :-)

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  5. I am with you! I cannot imagine life without ebooks. While I read 98% of my fiction on my Kindle, hard copy books have their place on my shelves.

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    1. Yes, I can't imagine living somewhere without even a single overloaded bookshelf!

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  6. I made the transition to ebooks easily enough and enjoyed either format. Then my eyesight started go and I couldn't see print books as well unless I got a large print book. Being able to enlarge the Kindle fonts has been wonderful so I can read even with the issues. And yes, it helps with the space to store the books. :)

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    1. Things like variable font sizes are so useful to many readers :-)

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  7. I do love my kindle and read really nothing but ebooks for years. I find myself reaching for print books more and more lately though and I am really not sure of why that is. I do understand with your limited space how important ebooks would be!

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    1. I like print from time to time, but the convenience of ebooks tends to win out these days

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