Blogging A to Z Day 5: E-Reader, Physical, or Audiobook – Which Is Better?

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There is no right or wrong answer with e-readers, physical books, and audiobooks – it all depends on what works best for you. Some people prefer the convenience of an e-reader, while others love the feel and smell of a physical book. And then there are those who enjoy listening to books while they work.

I fall into all three categories.

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But I often see in my book groups on Facebook, someone always asking if audiobooks are actually reading, the pros and cons of owning a Kindle over just a table. So, I figured I would give you my thoughts on all three.

E-readers are cheaper in the long run because you don’t have to buy new books.

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You can just buy the e-reader once and then download new books as you need them. And there are tons of free e-books. They may not always be good, or quality, or professionally edited and proofread, but it’s a book.

One downside to e-readers is that sometimes the font is too small, and it’s hard to read for long periods of time.

E-readers take up less space than physical books.

E-reader screens can be hard on your eyes, and you may not always have access to an electrical outlet.

You have to worry about them getting wet or damaged.

Physical books are better for your eyes and help you focus.

They’re also great for when you want to flip through the pages and look at the pictures. You can’t do that with e-readers or audiobooks.

But they can be expensive. I’ve put hardback books back on the shelves because of price. Then I head to the used bookshop and see what they have.

I can share physical books with others. You can’t do that with e-readers or audiobooks. Although after about a week, I ask if they’re done so I can have my book back.

I can surround myself with my book hoard like the book dragon I am.

Audiobooks can be listened to while you’re doing other things, such as cleaning or driving.

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I usually have my Audible going on my left earbud when I’m at work. That’s how I got through my 31 in 31 challenge in October. You can check out that blog here https://theglorioustrainwreckmom.com/2021/10/01/october-tbr-31-in-31/

Audiobooks are great for people who are always on the go.

Audiobooks are really helpful, especially if you’re a busy mom. They’re perfect for people who love to read but don’t have time to sit down and read a physical book.

But sometimes I feel like I’m not getting the “full” book experience if I’m not reading it myself. Especially if I’m reading a fantasy book, I may not always hear the names right.

Audiobooks can be expensive if you’re not careful. You can find some great deals, but you have to watch out for sales.

The downside is that you can’t skim through audiobooks. But you can adjust the speed on them.

It’s hard to choose a favorite way to read books, since they all have their own unique benefits. People will always have different opinions on which is better: e-readers, physical books, or audiobooks. What matters most is that you find a way that works best for you. I’ve given you the pros and cons of all three so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you. Whether you prefer physical books, e-readers, or audiobooks, take advantage of the many ways reading can improve your life.

In the end, it’s all reading. And that is a beautiful thing.

Personally I love reading physical books because they’re easier on my eyes and help me focus, but I also enjoy listening to audiobooks when I’m doing chores around the house or at work when it’s spreadsheet update time.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful and will continue reading my posts in the future. What’s your favorite way to read a book? Let me know in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Blogging A to Z Day 5: E-Reader, Physical, or Audiobook – Which Is Better?

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  1. Nostalgically I prefer a physical book, but living in China I don’t have access to traditional books so I read almost 100% e-books at the point. I can’t seem to focus well enough to follow along with audiobooks.

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  2. I’m a prolific reader and all three delivery methods work for me, and I usually have three books going at once. When I “discovered” audiobooks, I remembered how much I loved being read to, and now make listening a part of my daily bedtime routine.

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