Does book format effect your reading habits?

February 26, 2015 About Me, Discussion 35

I have a confession to make…

I’m not a monogamous reader.

I cheat and read more then one book at a time.

But why? Well because I find myself wanting a different book format depending on where I am and what I’m doing.

At any given time I almost always have an audiobook, print book and an e-book in progress. Then usually whichever book grabs my attention the most ends up being devoured.

Or sometimes the book I’m liking the least I push thru the quickest to get the experience over with (like ripping of a bandaid!)

So how has this been effecting my reading habits lately?


– I have become addicted to audiobooks lately since I’m in a constant state of discomfort from the last few months of my pregnancy (now only two weeks left!) and feeling like I need to get up and move around all the time. Thus I’ve just been playing audiobooks way more.
And the last few months I’ve also gotten hooked to listening to them on anything from 2x to 3x speed! Making what would normally be a 12 Hour audiobook now a 4 Hours. Hot damn right!?
– The past two months I have frequently been able to finish an audiobook in a day.
– I’ve also been reading a lot more books that have been my personal TBR for forever but I’ve never gotten around to for lack of time what with all the review books I always prioritize ahead of them.
– I have been using my library e-Audio overdrive library constantly!
– With audiobooks I’ve substantially increased the number of books I’ve been able to read on a weekly / monthly basis. I’m already 10 books ahead of schedule to read 200 books this year! If I can keep up this pace I might be able to read 250 books this year instead of 200! I doubt this will happen tho once the baby is born but hey a gal can dream.


– I have come to love my kindle over the last two years. I can remember years ago I used to hate them. I always wanted the feel of a real book in my hands. Now I cannot deny how convenient they are.
– They make reading at night so much easier on my eyes because my husband likes soft light bulbs where as I like the brighter lightbulbs. I swear I think he’s trying to make me live in a lightless cave sometimes with how dim he likes to keep the lights in this house! so when it’s night time I switch from whatever print book I’m reading over to my kindle.
– Also the e-reader is perfect for road trips, even the short weekend errand runs I do with the hubs as my chauffeur (i need a bag boy right?)
– I also use the kindle for those pesky times when I have to wait in lines because it’s easier to quickly open and close.
I have also noticed that I read faster when reading on my kindle because it tells me an estimate of how much longer it thinks it will take me to finish that chapter or the entire book and I find myself always trying to beat the estimate.
– It’s easier to read an e-book or audiobook while eating instead of a print book.
– Plus think of all the seconds that are saved from not having to turn pages!


– These will always have a special place in my heart. There is nothing like the feel of a real book in your hands and the smell of the pages.
I have a bad habit of skipping to the last chapter sometimes and reading the last few pages of the book to relieve pressure lol. I can’t/don’t do this with audiobooks and e-books.
– Of a book comes with illustrations I simply must have it in print.
– If I’m listening to an audio book I like to have it in print or on my kindle as well for quoting and correct spelling of name purposes.
– Character names stick better in my head if I read a few lines of the book in print or ebook, not just hearing it on audio.
– When it’s a particularly heavy print book I don’t take it out of the house with me because damn that makes my purse really heavy!
– I have to read with a pillow on top of my pregnant belly to prop the book up.
– I’m having a hard time coming up with other print reading habits. But they are definitely easier for me to quote from!

So do you find your reading habits effected by the format you are reading in?

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35 Responses to “Does book format effect your reading habits?”

  1. Tammy @ Books Bones & Buffy

    I have a confession. . . I have never listened to an audio book! (If some kind publisher wants to send me one to try I wouldn’t say no!) I also think e readers are the “easiest” especially when it comes to review books. Then you can easily mark passages and make notes. But I have another confession. . . I’ve never purchased an ebook! I only read them when I’m sent a review copy:-D see Tabitha, you got me to confess twice!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Well you should try listening. To a library audiobook first to see if you like it, or even try the one month/one credit free option on audible for first time members. Audiobook publishers you’d have to query them for review access and really if you don’t know if you like it I wouldn’t bother yet because so many people find they just don’t like audio, while others love it. If you find you’re having a hard time concentrating on it, only listen while driving and try speeding up the listening speed. I just left Nathan a long comment on here about the best phone audiobook app I’ve found you should use that with your library overdrive audio catalog to try out a book!
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  2. Nathan (@ReviewBarn)

    I plan on actually starting up audible next month which would give me the double pace option that overdrive doesn’t provide. Which would help.

    But I usually have an audio book, a main book, and a bedside (usually a reread) book going at any given time.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Oh Nathan! You Can speed up library books that you get from overdrive. Do you listen to them on your phone?

      All you have to do is download an audiobook listening app, the one I use and a bunch of other audio bloggers /reviewers I know use SMART AUDIOBOOK PLAYER. there is a free edition you can try for a month then definitely get the paid version for 2.99 I believe. It is sooo worth it because you can transfer overdrive audiobooks to it and then you can speed up the book incrementally from 0.5, 0.6, 0.7…..1.0…1.3,….1.8….up to 2.5x I love it that it goes to the tenth place i. The increments of speed because what if 2.0x is just too fast for you by a smidge then you can use 1.7x for example. It is amazing. Plus it will calculate your actual listening time based on the speed you choose and tell you how far along in the book you are percent wise.
      The overdrive on your computer has a transfer button and all you have to do is plug in your phone to the computer and if you have the smart player app installed you just transfer the audiobook to your root folder of the smart player (being sure to create a new sub folder for the books title so it will separate that book as its own single book) let me know if you decide to give it a try and have any questions. I promise you will love it. It’s why I have been able to listen to so many more audiobooks the past three months! Most of them have been library audiobooks.
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  3. Kirsty-Marie

    Yeah, I usually have an e-book & print book going at the same time (I still haven’t tried an audiobook) but can see how more flexible they are (and yikes to that, bet that has come in handy) Formats really affect me, sometimes I just don’t feel like reading a print book, especially when I’m tired, so I end up reading my Kindle more than anything lately, especially in the night. And it’s bad, but I’ve read less print books since getting it. 🙁

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I still read just as many print books since getting my kindle only because I just am more aware of what I have to read on my shelves where I tend to forget what I have on my kindle. I am loving the audiobooks because they are on my phone and I carry that everywhere and can listen while doing things that I can’t do while reading. You should give it a try. I find that I am able to read/listen to books that I don’t think I would otherwise actually finish reading.
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  4. Dragana

    I like to be monogamous in my reading. Reading multiple books at once never worked for me, because in the end I always ended up reading just the one I liked the best. :o)

    For the last couple of years I read only ebooks, they are much easier to hold and I can read them at night in bed when my husband and/or kid falls asleep without straining my eyes.
    I found that I read much quicker when reading ebooks. Must be those seconds saved while turning pages lol. 😀

    As for audiobooks, they are simply not for me. I try and try but my concentration is just so bad I miss all the important details.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I know what you mean about how great the e reader is for night and bedtime! There were many nights where my little one insisted I stay in the room with him before he would go to sleep so I’d sit in the dark reading on my kindle. Thank goodness he is over that phase now. He doesn’t need me in there. He doesn’t like the lights either he goes “turn off the light” lol even in the morning when he’s awake and I go to get him out of his crib.

      Audio is definitely not for everyone. It wasn’t for me either except for long road trips until I found the speed up function and now I am in love with them!
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      • Dragana

        I’m glad to hear that he is over that phase. 🙂
        My kid is so hyperactive, he usually just won’t stop and lie down until he literally falls down exhausted (like the girl in Free Birds if you watched it lol)
        Ereader is also great when you have only one hand free. You can’t turn the pages on the real book then.

        I can’t follow what’s happening in audiobook on normal speed, so I can’t imagine what will happen if I speed it up. Your concentration amazes me! 🙂
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  5. Nikki

    I have also noticed that I read faster when reading on my kindle because it tells me an estimate of how much longer it thinks it will take me to finish that chapter or the entire book and I find myself always trying to beat the estimate.

    Kindle does that now?! Oh man, one more indication I might be moving back to them when my precious Kobo Mini dies…
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Oh heck yes it is one of my favorite features about the kindle!!i am so sad that the newest iteration of the kindle has such a crappy Amazon cover. Usually the protective case covers they make are fabulous but the new one I haven’t bought yet because it makes it stand like propped on a table…instead of flipping open like a true book cover. What a pointless waste.
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  6. Lynn

    I’ve never had an audio book – my attention span would just wander (I think) Maybe I’ll give them a shot one day.
    I love my kindle even though I greatly resisted it – I’d say I read over half my books on kindle now which I couldn’t have predicted – it’s just so much easier, especially with the big chunky books and less to carry round. I will never lose my love of books – they’re my first love! Usually if I’ve read a book by kindle and loved it I then by the print version because I just like to have it on my shelves. That’s one of the drawbacks of kindles and e-readers. You know that feeling when you visit somebody and they have books on display and you want to go and see what they like reading – you can’t really do that with an e-reader!
    Lynn 😀
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  7. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    All this raving about audiobooks makes me want to give them another shot, but I’m not very good with them and can never get sit still or may get impatient. I love my Kindle though, for the convenience and the highlighting function as you said, also the light on it as well is pretty handy. My true love is always going to be print books though, and I always have one in my bag with me. Even those heavy ones (I have shoulder problems lol). Great article Tabitha! Oh my gosh two weeks for the baby!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Haha, yes I usually still always carry around the heavy books as well. I have a medium sized purse that can fit one hardcover perfectly. I use the kindle highlight function but I never seem to go back to grab those quotes to use them in reviews. I should! But most of what I read on the kindle are arcs and they don’t like you to quote from arcs.
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  8. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    First, congratulations! Only 2 weeks, so exciting! As for the pillow thing- if you have gotten a Boppy, or something similar, it is magical as a book-propping device! I, um, may still use mine as such 😉

    And yes, I definitely read differently on different formats! I am like you, the progress/time left thing really hooks me on Kindle! The only negative is that ARCs don’t usually have those, which bums me out! I always seem to read faster on Kindle, even without it though, because I know what percentage I am along, and I am always looking to make it past a certain “even” goal (like, at least 50% or whatever). With physical books, I try to make it to an even PAGE goal (like 100), but then I am often surprised at how NOT far along it is!

    I haven’t tried audiobooks, I feel like I’d be way too distracted, but I am always reading both a Kindle book and a physical book! I love this topic, such a great discussion!
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  9. Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

    I’m not a monogamous reader either but I can only read up to two books at the same time. My brain can’t handle anything more. Ebooks are definitely more convenient because I can read anytime, anywhere. But I find that I read faster with print books. I’ve only listened to two audiobooks but I really loved the experience. When the narrator’s good, it’s easier to picture the characters.
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  10. Miriamele

    Interested topic.:)I usually read various books at the same time, too.

    I’m not that much into audiobooks although I’ve listened to some, mostly while exercising.

    I like both print and ebooks. In ebooks I like the search function, I’m not a linear reader and often skip ahead or go back to reread something or search for keywords.I look at the end in any format except with whodunits. I often read ebooks on my laptop as well when at home, and maybe google stuff (e.g. when a book takes place at an exotic location and I want to look up places or dishes mentioned) and use the ereader for commuting or travelling.
    Another thing is that I’m Central-European and I mostly read print books in my native language (Hungarian)and ebooks in foreign languages because many contemporary Hungarian authors are not available as ebooks on the other hand it is a lot faster, cheaper and overall easier to get foreign language novels as ebooks.

  11. [email protected]

    I can’t do audio books, but I love switching between ebooks and print books. My Kobo is much easier to handle when I’m in bed before I go to sleep. If I read a print book I always have to sit and I can’t snuggle under the blankets, with my Kobo that’s not a problem. I also like to take it with me when I’m on my way to work, because it’s less heavy and big.

    But at the end of the day, I could not live without my printed books. I love the feeling of it in my hands and turning the pages 😀
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  12. Chrystal

    I read mulitple books at a time too. Mood reader right here!

    And I go through phases on what format I enjoy. Most of the time it’s print lately and audiobooks. It used to be ebook format, but I just really enjoy a print book in my hands. 🙂
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  13. Silvara

    I’ve never listened to an audio book. I’ve thought about it, but I get distracted easily. So if I was doing something while listening to the book, I’m afraid I’d end up tuning it out without meaning to. And then I’d just have to ‘read’ it again.

    I love my Kindle, I’ve had it for years. And I’d read it even more often if I didn’t have to look up what the books were about on my computer. It takes forever to do it on my Kindle and then go back and look up another book in the list.

    Physical books will always be my favorites though. I love being able to easily flip back to the beginning if I need to check on something, or back a chapter or two. And when the covers are correct, I like being able to look at the cover as I’m reading for a reminder of what the character looks like. (Drives me nuts though when the cover is wrong! One book I read, the heroine had dark brown hair, straight hair. The cover? Platinum blonde curls. I was like, really??)
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  14. Danielle Romero

    Oh my goodness so many bad habits lol. Bad bad reader for skipping to last chapters. I agree on reading faster with my kindle. I prefer ebooks because well, they’re awesome and I’m a hoarder but I fly through my ebooks. So much more convenient to read. I’m sure eventually I’ll ‘prefer’ ebooks but I’m not there yet. I’m just dipping my toe into the audio world though. I have a really hard time with audio books. I tried Fortunes Pawn in audio and I swear the narrator seemed to have a southern accent which was like, weird bc hello, Devi is in space lol. Maybe I’m just picky. I got a HUGE audio haul though so I’m hoping to warm up to them.

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  15. Kel @ Booked til Tuesday

    Haha, I can see the Kindle’s unknowingly issued challenge spurring you to greater reading speeds. The machine knows not what it does.

    I tend to read one book at a time (with a few exceptions when I bounce around between a few books). I still haven’t fully dived into audiobooks (or ebooks- just eARCs and freebies), but I like the sound of playing the audio at increased speed. It may be time to raid the library’s audiobook CD collection.
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