Blog post idea taken from “Lit Chat: Conversations Starters About Books & Life,” a book/game/ice breaker box produced by Book Riot. The question was: “What’s your preferred reading style? Are you a fan of hardcovers? Paperbacks? Ebooks? What determines your choice?”
There are two main factors that determine my choice in reading style as pertains to this question. The first is availability and the second is the size of the book.
If I really, really want to read a book then I will take it in whatever form that I can get my hands on the fastest. So that usually means hardcover or ebook if the book is brand new, given that paperbacks usually aren’t released until some time later, oftentimes six months or more behind the book’s release date.
Size also matters. A smaller book can be read in paperback easily enough but I feel as though a book that is over two hundred pages should be in a different format. Thick paperbacks just fall apart so fast because you have to break the binding in order to read all the words on a page and the font can also end up horrendously small. Just generally bad for ease of reading.
But, at the same time, a massive hardcover can be hard to hold as well. Especially if you’re reading in bed and need to rest said book against your stomach or if you’re reading on the couch with a dog in your lap and no good place to lay the book. In that case, ebooks are the way to go. (This is why I have multiple copies of some of my books that I know I’ll be re-reading in the future. Like “Pride and Prejudice” and the Harry Potter series.)