Brianna: I think it’s safe to say, for the both of us, that our preferred reading format are ebooks. How long have you been an ebook reader and what prompted you to change to this format? What was your preferred reading format before the days of ebooks?
J9: I’ve had an ereader for 3 years and chose a Nook because my library rented EPUB books but not Kindle at the time. Now they rent both and I’m saving for a Kindle as well since books are priced differently between the two booksellers and Amazon has a wider selection. Before ebooks I didn’t have a preferred reading format, any and all books were up for my consumption. I do miss the secondary book market where you can buy a book for fifty cents. Ebooks are more expensive, in my opinion, and no option to wait for the secondary market. But thank you, Ms. Book Vixen, for constantly passing along freebie or sale books!
Brianna: I’ve been an ereader for almost 3 years as well. I’m on my 3rd Kindle (I keep upgrading) and still love it. I totally agree with you on Amazon having the better selection and better prices. I am constantly seeing ebooks for sale on Amazon that are not being discounted on BN. And the same goes with free ebooks. I did feel like I was getting the short end of the stick when libraries first started being able to loan out ebooks (in ePub format only) but us Kindle owners finally have that capability.
Before getting an ereader, my favorite format was mass market paperback (mmpb). It’s small, easy to hold, and fits easily in my purse. But now that I have a Kindle, I prefer to read on it than a print copy. The main reason is the ability to highlight passages, take notes, and the search function. It makes reviewing the book a whole lot easier with those features. But I will admit that I read more on my iPod Touch using the Kindle app than I do on my actual Kindle. I need to change that.
J9: You’re way more interactive with your ebooks than I am! I rarely use any of the Nook features though I do use the search feature if I am trying to find a quote I want in a review. Just today I searched “downstairs infection” for a review I was writing--bet you wonder what book that is! :)
I’m saving for a Kindle Paperwhite right now and can’t wait to buy it. I have the Kindle app on my Droid and I often get the Amazon freebies and sale ebooks on my phone. The problem I have is that I read so quickly that on my phone I have about 3 seconds of reading before I need to turn the page again. At least with an ereader I have a minute or two of reading before I next turn the page.
I also read mmpb before I had an ereader. Being an Avon Addict this year has brought me back to reading mmpb as Avon sends me a package every month. I do like them because I can give them away as I don’t have the space to shelf books!
Brianna: You don’t use any of Nook’s features?? Actually, now that you mention it, I think I remember reading somewhere that the highlighting feature and/or the note-taking feature on the Nook was not that easy to do; that it takes quite a few clicks to be able to do those things. Is that true? Maybe that’s why you don’t use those functionalities? I’m constantly highlighting and jotting down notes and it’s super easy to do with a Kindle. I am so bummed that I didn’t get the Elemental Assassin series in ebook format because it would have made note-taking for the read-a-long so much easier!
I can’t wait for you to get your Paperwhite!
And “downstairs infection”?? I can’t wait to read your review for whatever book that’s from. LOL
J9: Yeah, I’m not sure how easy those features are on the Nook since if I have time on my Nook you can bet I’m madly reading! I have used the dictionary feature a few times and found it helpful. I’ve never even noticed a note-taking feature. When I get my Paperwhite I’ll have you do a Kindle tutorial for me.
The Elemental Assassin series is so good you should buy it in ebook format anyway, regardless about the read-a-long! And that review with “downstairs infection” will be worth the wait!
Brianna: I’ll be glad to school you on Kindle 101 ;)
Our question to you readers – what’s your preferred reading format and why? Ebook? Hard cover? MMPB? Trade paperback?