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Regular paper books, audio books, or digital? What do you read and which do you prefer?

Updated on February 18, 2012
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There has never been a better time for bibliophiles! The sheer volume of books being published in all languages world wide has made it possible for you to pick and choose whatever genre you wish to read about.

There is even a choice in the format in which you would read the book. There are of course the traditional and ever popular paper books and now their digital counter parts on Kindle or any other e-publishing software.

Then there are books that you don't need to read , but instead can listen to, audio books.

You have a great deal of choice in the genres that you can pick. Essentially the main divide would be between Fiction and Non Fiction.

Fiction refers to imaginative writings from an author. This is not always true and while in some cases it may be based on true events the story in the book itself is not exactly what happened.

Fiction can also be divided into Poetry and Prose. Poems have their own metric rhyme and rhythm. There are different styles and forms of poetry from highly formal to freestyle. While prose are essentially words telling a story of some kind.

Non Fiction can include a multitude of genres in itself.You have self help books for specific activities, you have coffee table books for special places or events, you can have books on art and architecture.

The truth is that the knowledge of the world resides in non fiction books. If you want to learn to do anything a book can probably tell you how to do it. This means that reading books are an essential part of our survival skills.

So how do you read your books? In paperback, on the kindle or using audio books?

Reading Books

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My personal choice

I have been reading books since I was three years old. My parents encouraged me to read and being an only kid did give me plenty of uninterrupted time to indulge my hobby.

In fact when I went to my cousins to spend the summer holidays they would actually go about hiding all the books in the house so that they could have my attention. One summer they hid all the novels in the house and were sitting with smug grins on their faces when I entered the room.

I did not even realize that they had hidden the books and my only thought was to find out the meaning of the word that I had read earlier in the newspaper. So as they sat grinning I went and opened the dictionary, the only book left in the room and began reading it!

Needless to say they charged at me after that!

To date I prefer to hold the book made of paper in my hand but if I can not get one I will happily read a digital version on my computer. I have not enjoyed audio books too much as I usually don't enjoy the reader's voice! It interferes with my highly active imagination.

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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you so much for that motivation. Maybe I should get around to spending more time writing that book and completing it.

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      Shelly Epperly 

      6 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      I don't believe that. I think if you change your mindset you will find out who you really are. You were not put on earth to be anything but successful, loving and happy. That is my 2 cents.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      6 years ago from India

      I guess I'm just a coward who is too afraid to see what the reaction to a full book I write will be :)

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      Shelly Epperly 

      6 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      Finish it and make some money :)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      6 years ago from India

      I know what you mean. I keep thinking about that book lying half finished in my comp folder as well. :)

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      Shelly Epperly 

      6 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      I prefer paper too but I am intrigued enough with the kindle and kindle app for the pc that I am going to start reading books there and am going to publish a book or 20 there too.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      6 years ago from India

      I know what you mean! The feel of cracking the spine of a new book is amazing. The smell that the pages give off, the crispness that you feel at your fingertips, its Book lover's heaven!

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      Cathy 

      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I prefer regular paper books because I like to hold the book and turn the pages, use a bookmark...I also prefer to read a good old fashioned newspaper even though I also read news online. I love books, libraries, and sofas in bookstores to peruse a good potential read.

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