Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Does reading format matter?
I read books in every format – hardcover, paperback, eBook, and audio. I know that some people really hesitate to try audio books out and others still resist eBooks. But in that sense, format really doesn’t matter to me – I like them all. BUT, once I start reading a series in a format, I HAVE to finish it that way. If I’m rereading, then format doesn’t matter. But when it comes to the first read, I literally can’t change format. And believe me, I’ve tried.
Take for example the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I picked up book one as an audio book. Anyone who’s familiar with this series on audio KNOWS that this was a big mistake. Joyce Bean’s narration of that book is notorious for how incredibly horrible it is. Halfway through the book I switched to eBook. And a chapter in, I switched back to the audio book. The book had been relegated to the audio book part of my brain and ridiculous as this sounds, I could not remove it from there. It’s a testimony to how incredibly good the Fever series is that I listened to not one, not two, but three books with that horrible narration. And then (thank all that is holy!) book four switched to one of the best audio pairs I’ve heard to date – Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. It was a sweet reward for enduring the first three. But a normal person may not have had to endure them. They may have just switched to the eBook or paperback.
And this isn’t just an audio book thing for me. I love the Hollows series and would really like to own the whole thing in hardback and audio someday. But when I read each book the first time it has to be the eBook. The first one I read was an eBook and now I won’t buy the new releases in any other format (even though they are a ripoff for the eBooks quite frankly). It can be a real frustration with audio books in particular because new releases don’t always come straight to audio. And once I’ve committed to a series that way, I have to wait.
I also seem to get a little stuck on how I got the book. I started both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega Series by Patricia Briggs by buying the books (Mercy is hardcover, Alpha & Omega is paperback) and now I really have to buy the books. It doesn’t even cross my mind to get them from the library. On the other hand, the Night Huntress series is one that I picked up at the library. For the main books – for some reason it doesn’t apply to the novellas – I have to get them from the library… and as paperbacks. It’s so incredibly ridiculous I know. I’m rolling my eyes at myself as I write this, but it’s the way it is.
Am I the only one out there with this crazy obsession with reading format? Can you switch mid-series (or even mid-book!) no problem?