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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Paperback, Hardback, E-Book, or Audiobook?
Poll: Paperback, Hardback, E-Book, or Audiobook?
Depends on the book in question
None...I'd rather see the movie
The Snazzy Illustrated Edition
View Results (41 votes)


Jun 29 2013, 7:39pm

Post #1 of 12 (297 views)
Paperback, Hardback, E-Book, or Audiobook? Can't Post

I do prefer Illustrated Hardbacks if I can get them, but paperbacks are cheaper and easier aren't they?

Eye's on Guard

Jun 30 2013, 12:53am

Post #2 of 12 (195 views)
Depends on the book [In reply to] Can't Post

I enjoy reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in hardback. For everything else, I mostly use my Kindle if ebooks are available for the title and paperback if not.


Jun 30 2013, 4:35am

Post #3 of 12 (165 views)
You need an "all of the above" option. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Jun 30 2013, 8:10pm

Post #4 of 12 (156 views)
i prefer [In reply to] Can't Post

.... illuminated scrolls.

if something's not available in that format, then stone tablets affixed to a monumental obelisk.

i don't see either of those options.

cheers --


Jun 30 2013, 8:32pm

Post #5 of 12 (148 views)
Hardbacks if I can get them [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the feel of a book in my hand. Also I do dramatic readings in my head of everything I read. So I like having the book in front of me so I can use it as a script. If I have read something a couple of times I can see the pages in my head and can find passages quickly if I am looking for a quote. Can't seem to do any of these things with eReaders.

Grey Havens

Jul 1 2013, 12:01am

Post #6 of 12 (158 views)
E-readers [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm a convert! You can carry a shelf-full of books in your purse if you have an e-reader.

I understand what you mean about finding passages, I am the same way...but with e-readers, you don't need to rely on memory of the approximate page/location - e-readers have a search function so you can use keywords to find a passage you want.


Jul 1 2013, 12:43am

Post #7 of 12 (142 views)
It depends on the need [In reply to] Can't Post

For LOTR, for example, I have one that sits next to my computer on for constant reference - large, easy to open, one volume, paperback, don't worry about dog-ears or rough handling.

For collecting and longevity and just appreciation of good design/construction - a good quality hard back.

For the car, audio book.

It's the story I want... the medium is just a method of getting the story and I let the medium fit the circumstances of when I want the story.

I don't do e-books.

Grey Havens

Jul 2 2013, 2:28am

Post #8 of 12 (133 views)
Well, I'll read cereal boxes if that's all I can find [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't moved to ereader format -- though I have read (and written) a lot of fanfic online. I check out and read ten to fifteen books every two weeks from the library... mysteries, scifi, romance, biographies (just finished Dick Van Dyke's bio) things that are mentioned on the reading thread here or other sites I view that attract my interest and those are in paperback or hardback.

I go the audiobook route for road trips --- cross country jaunts from CA to West Virginia or whereever the road takes me.... that's how my granddaughter and I did the Lemony Snicket series.

(This post was edited by sevilodorf on Jul 2 2013, 2:28am)


Jul 2 2013, 3:49am

Post #9 of 12 (140 views)
Lemony Snicket read by Tim Curry? [In reply to] Can't Post

He's great, isn't he?


Jul 3 2013, 7:21pm

Post #10 of 12 (134 views)
As a dyed-in-the-wool waffler... [In reply to] Can't Post

...I didn't commit. Sly

But it really depends on the book.

Ebooks are great for when I'm going to be traveling and want to carry lots of books with me. Or for books that I don't intend to reread but that I can't find at the library.

I do like to have a print version of books I really love and read multiple times, or books that I will want/need to flip around in. I don't generally spring for hardbacks, though. A good quality paperback is good enough for me.

Audiobooks are fabulous, but those also depend. A rotten narrator can really spoil a book.

(This post was edited by RosieLass on Jul 3 2013, 7:22pm)


Jul 9 2013, 12:47am

Post #11 of 12 (92 views)
For me, it depends [In reply to] Can't Post

For the first book of a series, I'll buy whatever I find, or the cover I like best. After that, I keep trying to get the same kind of cover, for consistency.


Jul 26 2013, 7:29am

Post #12 of 12 (110 views)
Hardcover is my first choice [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't bring myself to get an e-reader, as I see them driving bookstores out of business. I LOVE BOOKSTORES!

Paperback if I'm carrying it or need a book I can toss in a purse. I do have a Hardback Silmarillion in my car. The paperback version didn't hold up well enough,
Don't dare do audio books when I'm driving. I get too into the story. How to explain to the cop that I thought I was riding an eagle to the Carrock.Pirate


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