Well hello and a wonderful Saturday morning!

Pushy here this week!  And after a very nice holiday season where our household acquired a bunch of new electronic devices, all of which have had a good work out as my reader of the moment, I got to wondering:

how do you read

Audiobooks

As many of you know, I’m a TOTAL Audiobook fan!  I’ve logged over 300 hours listening to books last year! I adore sinking into another world and loosing myself in a book no matter what I’m doing, whether it’s driving or doing the laundry or just tuning out the craziness that is my life.  And now that I have my iPhone, and of course I’ve downloaded Audible’s and Overdrive’s apps on it, I can listen to my audiobooks even more as I’m NEVER without my phone!!!
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eReaders

I bought my husband an iPad for Christmas and, while we don’t read ANY of the same books (he’s all politics, biographies and non-fiction, economics-wonkie stuff), I do have to admit that I’m so VERY jealous of his wonderful backlit reading device when we’re reading in bed at night.  I know there are backlit eReaders out there as well, but the iPad is REALLY nifty plus you can update Goodreads on the same device, something eReaders aren’t currently offering.  I’m DEFINITELY looking forward to getting one for myself !!!
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But just because I covet my husband’s iPad doesn’t mean I don’t still love my Kindle!  My first eReader, my first eLove (for goodness sake, I named it The Big Precious), I find that even with the Kindle app on my phone and my laptop, I still like having my Kindle around for reading on the couch or in bed.  I love that I can sync it to the other devices that I read my eBooks on but I don’t see a day yet where I’ll stop using my Kindle.
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Physical Books

I have to admit that the format I find hardest to use these days is an actual book.  I’m always multi-tasking and rarely have a few moments to just sit and enjoy a book.  I do enjoy reading physical copies, though, and of course I have a library in my house dedicated to the many books I’ve lovingly (obsessively) acquired over the years but, physical books are somewhat farther down on my list of formats these days. *cringe*
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So, now I want to hear it from you guys!
Are you a physical book lover or are you all electronic?  Print or audio?  Both?
Let me know! 
Now go and get lost…in a book…in which ever format you choose!
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Candace 1/12/2013

I have a kindle fire and the backlit screen is nice for at night. And I like having my apps easily accessible too. But I definitely prefer paperbacks when it’s possible as I tend to get headaches more often when reading on the fire. It’s also heavy. And I just love a real paper book.
I haven’t been doing audios since I stopped working outside the house. It was a car thing for me.
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Oh, headaches are a big no! :( Sorry to hear that. And I agree, I love real paper books. I’ve been sad not to pick one up in the past week or so. Thanks for stopping by, Candace!!!!!
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I was one of those people who never thought I’d find myself reading on an ereader constantly, b/c I started out as a physical book reader, but now I’m at the point where I’m always reading on a digital device. I rarely ever read physical copies anymore. I guess b/c I”m constantly on the devices that it becomes second nature that I read on them now! I find it really comfortable now! :)
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Marlya, I’m so like you now. It’s my phone. I have it with me at all times, and I listen to audiobooks on it, read my kindle books when I have second. Then in bed, I pick back up on my Kindle. I just don’t seem to ever have a physical book on me. But if it works, it works, right?
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Jackie 1/12/2013

Audiobooks are not something I’ve been able to get into. It turns out I have a short attention span when someone is talking to me, even if the subject matter is absolutely thrilling. I stick to physical books and e-readers. I tend to use both equally, it just depends on what book I want to read and what format I have it in. But, if I travel, I definitely take the e-reader instead of books.
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Jackie, you’re not the first person I’ve heard that’s had trouble getting into audiobooks. I agree though that eReaders are perfection for travel! So many options in one lightweight package!!
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Ashley 1/12/2013

Great topic!! I used to be 100% physical books.. but due to limited shelf space, I’m finding myself reading more and more ebooks.

A few months ago I bought my first Kindle and I loved it. I had to get a Kindle touch because the ability to read in sunlight is extremely important for me. I go on a lot of beach vacations with my family that involve reading by the pool/beach. So iPad/Kindle Fire = big no no for me. But for a long time, I HATED that I had to have the light on when I read in bed. Then, a few weeks ago, my old employer bought me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas!! And I LOOOVE IT! I can still read in the sunlight without the glare from backlit devices, AND I can read in the dark! It’s amazing!

I haven’t tried audio books yet. I like the idea of them but I’m kind of nervous… I’m afraid that I’m not usually a very good listener and if I have to listen to books I might find my mind wandering. But hopefully I’ll give one a try this year!
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Ashley, good point about physical space! I also like to try out books I’m not 100% sure I’ll love in eBook format because if I don’t absolutely love it, then I’m not stuck with it in my library. Thanks for stopping by!!!!
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Holly 1/12/2013

I usually stick to physical books but have been wanting to try out audiobooks / ebooks on my brand new iPhone.
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Holly, congrats on getting some crack I mean an iPhone!!!! My new iPhone was the whole reason I thought about this post!!! Get ready to be TOTALLY addicted to it! :)
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Holly 1/12/2013

haha, that is exactly how it feels at the moment. I have to tear myself away from the iPhone screen to work on my GR reading challenge.
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kimbacaffeinate 1/12/2013

E-reader, and physical books..i am scared of the amount of time an audio book takes, and my commute to work is 4 mins. I read on average 2-4 books a week. Recently i have begun reading 2 books at a time one on my smart-phone and either a physical book or my nook.
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Hey, Kim! Sure, if your commute is only 4 min, you don’t really need an audiobook. Still, they’re also great for going for a long walk or when you’re doing your laundry. Still, sounds like you’re getting through enough books a week as it is, so I don’t know how you could possibly fit in more! LOL!
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I’m still in love with my physical books. I tried ereaders and tablets and reading on my phone, and it was ok, but I found that I just wasn’t getting sucked into the story the same way—which I honestly can’t explain, because the words are all the same, right?? Crazy, I know. I may try it again someday, but for now, I love my lovely tactile paper books and my collection of bookmarks that I constantly lose and find again days later. :)

Oh, I do listen to the occasional audiobook while I’m driving, but with those sometimes my mind tends to wander too much—I’ll go 10 minutes and then realize I didn’t hear a word that was read. Whoops. ;)
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Sounds like you’ve definitely got a favorite format, Becky! Which is good for us because we love reading your reviews, even if I’m a horrible lurker! :)
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Elizabeth 1/12/2013

I resisted the idea of an E-Reader for a long, long time. Then I received a Nook Color about two years ago and quickly fell in love with it! My boyfriend updated me to a Nook HD for Christmas and I fell in love even more. Unfortunately, I now finding myself pushing all my physical copies aside for my e-books. There’s just something so much more comfortable about the e-reader. Especially being able to read at night!

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Pushy 1/12/2013

It’s hard not to fall in love with eReaders when they’re designed with us readers in mind. Glad you love your Nook!!!!
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I love to have physical books around however these days with 3 kids (one being 5 weeks old) I am using my Kindle or tablet much more. I always had a book going on my kindle before but now im downright stressed if I dont have something good that I can read hands free at 3am.
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Bonnie, congrats on the new peanut and I completely hear you! Reading saved me during those midnight feedings!!
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Sugar & Snark 1/12/2013

I love all 3! I read a paperback in the bath every night, an audio book while cleaning the house or gym’ing and a e-book on my iPad at night in bed :)
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Sounds like you’ve got a perfect system!!!!!
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Nancy DeVault 1/12/2013

I recently discovered the beauty of audiobooks and I have to say I LOVE IT! However, I do alternate between all three mediums, audiobook, Ereader, and physical books. It’s great to have options but my favorite are the audiobooks because I could multitask while still being engrossed in a good story.

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Pushy 1/12/2013

Nancy, I’m so happy to hear someone else loves audiobooks as much as I do!!!!! Audiobooks save me during cleaning, commuting, everything!
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Lori L. Clark 1/12/2013

I haven’t read a hard copy of a book in ages and find it hard to read them that way these days. I used to scoff at e-book readers, believing they were behind the downfall of my favorite bookstore, Borders. :) Now, I almost exclusively read on my Kindle Fire and if it broke or went haywire, I’d beg, borrow or steal to get another.
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Lori, I’m as addicted as you! :)
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Sam 1/12/2013

I was also one of those people who resisted ebooks, but after our only bookstore closed down I bought a kindle 3 since going to one now requires a 2 hour road trip! I still read a lot of paper books though. I get a lot from the library, but since it’s a small town (meaning less tax payers) they can’t get everything so between the two I’m pretty happy!

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Pushy 1/12/2013

Sam, I bet your Kindle has been a saving grace with your bookstore shut down. I agree, I love my library, but even in Chicago, they don’t have everything and when I want a new book NOW I do love my Kindle!!
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I’m a huge fan of physical books and I’ll always prefer them, but lately with everything in my life becoming so hectic I find my kindle to be much easier to handle. Like when I got to school – my books always get creases in them( big pet peeve) from being stuffed in my bag, so now I just bring my kindle with me.

And I’ve never tried to listen to an audiobook, but I’ll definitely do it soon. (:
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Pushy 1/12/2013

Definitely do, Tabitha! I hope you enjoy them. And I agree, my physical books are so precious to me, that’s why I don’t like to leave one in my purse for when I might need it.
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Viki S. 1/12/2013

I have a Kindle, a Fire, an ipad3 but physical books are still my favorite to read :).

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I find I can read faster using the eReader app on my phone because I’m not always stopping and measuring how many pages I still have in the chapter, to get to the halfway mark, to read the entire book. I still LOVE physical books, but the convenience of having a hundred books on my phone is pretty amazing.
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Ashley Montgomery 1/12/2013

I love both physical and eBooks. It really just depends on what I’m reading and what mood I’m in. I haven’t tried audiobooks yet but I’ve been thinking about it.
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Haley Osborne 1/12/2013

I really love eBooks and physical copies a lot, but more likely than not, I will read a physical copy because I love the feeling of having the actual book in my hands. Every turn of the page,new paragraph and the smell of books gets my heart racing. I also love feeling accomplished with a chapter and seeing how close and far away I am from finishing.
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Lindy Gomez 1/12/2013

Hi Pushy! I’m like you, I prefer my ereader to a paper book . I have both at Nook Tablet HD and Kindle Fire. I find that I read way faster on my ereader, I enjoy having a ton of books at my fingertips (which is good if your traveling or on vacation, and my Nook allows me to highlight, take notes, see what my nook buddies are reading on the newsfeed, and which books of those I can borrow. Plus, I don’t have to worry about my books gathering dust, or getting old! I love to display my paper books for show, but prefer reading my ebooks.

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Annette 1/12/2013

Yes, yes, and yes! I do audio books in the car. I have a kindle and an iPad, and I use them both depending on which battery is charged, or whether I’m reading in the dark (iPad) or in the light (Kindle.) And of course i couldn’t do without “real” books. The covers, the smell, the feel. Nothing could ever replace that!
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I love listening to audiobooks, especially when the narrator is amazing like Jim Dale for Harry Potter! Unfortunately I don’t have as much time to listen to them as I would like. If I had a long commute to school or work I would definitely take the time to listen to them in the car!

I’m the complete opposite of you when it comes to reading books myself. I have both an iPad and a Nook and I much prefer reading a physical book then either of my e-reader devices. I find that it is so easy to get distracted while reading on my iPad (notifications popping up for things like Twitter and FB) plus the bright computer like screen hurts my eyes after awhile. My Nook is okay, but it’s so small and I read so fast that it’s like I’m constantly touching the screen or pushing the button to turn the page and I also find I get distracted while using it. A physical book however always captures my attention. There’s nothing quite like turning the pages myself and being able to see the progress I’ve made in a book. An e-reader is convenient for vacation and such, but otherwise I’m physical books all the way!

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Sarah (saz101) 1/13/2013

Oh my goodness. I’m kind of surprised I’ve still never finished an Audiobook. NO! WAIT! I finally finished one last year, but it was set out as an audioplay, sound effects, multi-talent cast, big deal production kind of thing.

I was firmly a print-only reader until recently, but I’ve discover a big love for reading on my phone and its Kindle app, and I’m getting a Kindle Paperwhite any day now! (waiting for it to arrive). I read faster when I read digitally. Nothing will ever replace that feeling which comes from turning a fresh page, and holding a beautifull bound book in my hands. But I enjoy reading eBooks, too :)
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Julie@my5monkeys 1/17/2013

I read books on my ereader. I also love to read books. There are times when its all been the kindle reading and now i can switch in between both kids of books.
When I first started blogging it was all about the paper books, now I enjoy both kids. I haven’t been able to do audio books yet. I want to try it but with kids it makes it more difficult . They always don’t want to listen to my stuff ( music or music ) lol
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Bec @ Ransom Reads 1/20/2013

I read mostly physical books. I find they’re the easiest and I get through them faster. But I also have a Kindle which I use occasionally and I like it. You can change the font size, etc when you’re tired and it’s easy to hold & turn pages with one hand while you’re reading XD I have never listened to audio books once. I think I’d drift off and stop listening if I did and miss out on the story.
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Melissa 1/20/2013

I still mostly read physical copies, but I always have books on my phone for when I’m in waiting rooms and stuff. The nice thing about ebooks are they are cheaper and easier to store, but idk I still love me some paperback lol. Only ever listened to one audiobook. It was Fallen by Lauren Kate and I didn’t enjoy it. Idk if it was the rewder’s voice or what. Might have to try another one sometime. Great post!
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Sara 1/22/2013

I am a huge fan of audio books and physical books. I have had a Sony e-reader and a Playbook and u have not found myself in love with either one of them. I liked the Blackberry but it’s too bulky.

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For the longest time I refused to even think about using an ereader, but then my aunt had a Kindle Fire she was getting rid of and it was either a mature, book loving teen or a whiny 4 year old. Guess who won (:

And ever since I got it I haven’t been reading physical books nearly as much. I love the convenience of having dozens of books on such a compact device, but at the same time the brightness causes headaches and apps can be distracting and addictive. And while I’m busy playing Words With Friends, my physical TBR pile keeps growing at an alarming rate.
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