There are usually 4 formats to buy a book in: hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audiobook. Which one is the best? See these pros and cons before deciding for yourself!
Pro: It’s always available on release day. This point comes down to patience. I am an impatient person when it comes to book releases, so I want the next book in a series yesterday. So, if a book is released that I’ve been anticipating for a while, I’ll buy the hardcover on the release day.
Con: It’s the most expensive book format. A single hardcover book could cost anywhere from $17 to $30 in the US, and they’re often more expensive in other parts of the world. It is, by far, the most expensive format to buy your book in.
Pro: The spine doesn’t break. Have you ever closed a paperback book and seen that there was a white line on the spine? It’s frustrating, it’s inconvenient, and it makes your book look worse when it’s sitting on the shelf. Thankfully, you don’t have that problem with hardcover books.
Con: Dust jackets. Whenever I’m reading a hardcover book, I have to take the dust jacket off or else the book keeps slipping out of my hand. I’ve tried to keep it on, but I have to concentrate more on not letting the book fall that I’m drawn out of the story.
Pro: You can hold it in one hand. This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s really helpful if you’re holding a pile of binders and notebooks but you’re at the climax.
Con: It’s easier to bend the cover or pages in a paperback versus a hardcover. In a hardcover book, there is, well, a hard cover protecting your pages. With a paperback, the cover and pages are flimsy, so you could damage it just by putting it in your bag without looking.
Pro: It’s the cheapest physical format. If you want your book to sit on your shelf after you’ve read it, but you don’t have too much money to spend on books, paperbacks are your best option.
Con: They’re usually the last format to be released. For most popular books, the paperback format is the last to come out, usually a year later. Would you rather spend more money and get the physical book on the release day or wait, even though you’ve been anticipating this book since you heard about it?
Pro: They’re portable. You can keep an eBook on nearly any other electronic device. Since most people keep their cell phone on them whenever they’re out of the house, this means that you can have your book accessible at any time.
Con: An electronic can die when you’re at the climax. If you’ve been reading for a while, and you’re engrossed in the story, you may forget to charge it. Then, you have to impatiently wait for it to recharge so you can keep reading your book.
Pro: You can get it at midnight. Usually, your closest bookstore isn’t open on midnight of the release day, but you want to read it at the stroke of midnight. Since the bookstore doesn’t need to be open for you to buy a digital file, you can have the book on your electronic by 12:01 A.M.!
Con: Digital files can’t go on bookshelves. Books can be decoration as well as entertainment. Just look at your collection sitting on shelves! Sadly, a picture of the cover doesn’t have the same effect.
Pro: You can multitask. With an audiobook, you can do your chores or commute while still experiencing a story. If you tried this with any other format, something would probably end up broken.
Con: Most people read faster than they speak. Even though the narrator may do impressions of the characters wonderfully, it’s still slower than reading the printed version for most people.
Pro: No one will start talking to you. People are more likely to interrupt you if you’re reading than if you have headphones on. This way, people are less likely to ask you what you’re listening to!
Con: Did you forget earbuds? If you’re in a public place and you don’t have any earbuds or headphones, you’re out of luck.
Which format is your favourite?
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