Saturday, 18 June 2011

Weekly Geeks - Tech and Reading – Same as or a change in output

As late as about six months ago and even further beyond there were a slew of post floating around the blogosphere regarding the format of the books we read. The posts that generally attracted the most controversy were the post specifically focused on eBook versus paperback. We all have seen these or even did a few on our own blogs.

Now that we are six months into 2011 I would like us Geeker’s to take a look at our reading so far and see how far we come within that time in our reading. This introspective look has nothing to do with social networking – that's for another time..

I want us to look at changes, whether it has happened and if it has been a good thing or a bad thing for you.

Here are the criteria


  • Did you have a hard and fast mindset in regards to your reading a year ago? (paperback, ebooks etc) 
  • Are  you still true to that format?
  • If you have tried another format (ebook, audio) – Share your experience?
  • What was it that made you tried something out of your comfort zone?
  • If you have not tried another format – Why?
  • Give a brief over view of where you are at with your reading now, eg, load of paperback lying round, or the out of sight out of mind e-reader putting your mind at each or life as you know it have toss you a curve ball and forced you to think outside of the box?
  • How do you feel about different output method now?

 

My thoughts

This week is my turn at the helm over at Weekly Geeks – and I have given the group a topic about the state of their reading to consider. This is something that I have thought about on and off for the past couple of months.

Why  – because my own personal circumstance has changed and in order to whittle down my TBR pile I had to make changes and secondly I note a definate decline in quite a few, a lot actually of the blogs I visit regularly…  so hence the questions, as I wonder if we are still getting in as much reading done as we always have.

My answers

Did you have a hard and fast mindset in regards to your reading a year ago? (paperback, ebooks etc) 

No, I had no hard and fast rule in regards to how I get my reading on.  I have always thought of myself as a very adventurous reader, so willing to try new things and at least open myself up to knowing what’s out there in any area that I love and I do love my reading.

A year ago I was an eBooks convert – more than a year actually. At least 65% of all the books I read were eBooks but looking back at my cataloguing for the past six months I find I am listening more and more audio books but still getting in a few paperback every now and then.

Are  you still true to that format?

If  “hybrid reading”  is consistent, then - Most definately.

If you have tried another format (ebook, audio) – Share your experience?

Paperback and eBooks  are not the only way I whittle down my list, I have really gotten into audio books within the last year. I have always listen to audio – but very few in a year, however life changes demand I make changes if I wanted to keep on top of my reading.

Audios are perfect for me as I need my hands free to get on with my job. There are draw backs definately but the positives outweigh the niggles.

What was it that made you tried something out of your comfort zone?

Life as I know it

If you have not tried another format – Why?

I have tried all the broad formats and love and hate them in equal measure – I think where I personally need to explore more is the sub-formats themselves. My first choice in eBooks is pdf always.. a little of this has to do with the fact that I am used to pdf, I work with it and so very comfortable to use it. PDF does not take any tweaking or any other malarkey to just read. Other formats however I have just dipped my toes in – some I don't like at all and all the faffing around to download software here and there and certificate this or that – I cannot be bothered with..

Audio books – so far I am a mp3 girl – I know there are other format but mp3 works for me.

Give a brief over view of where you are at with your reading now, eg, load of paperback lying round, or the out of sight out of mind e-reader putting your mind at each or life as you know it have toss you a curve ball and forced you to think outside of the box?

If I am honest I would say the state of my reading is in dire straights and need a shake up. My reading list is longer than I ever imagine it could get, I still read loads of paperback and volunteering in a shop that does only books does not help me at all – I have stacks of books piled up by my bookcase to get through.

EBooks, I love love love, however the convenience of the e-reader is also a curse as the out of sight out of mind syndrome is alive and well with me – I buy eBooks and months later I still have not read them.

I am on an audio high at the moment – so it’s from one audio book to the next… but this is a side effect from the fact that I am super busy at work. Once things settle down I am sure I will be hankering to have a feel of a book in my hand.

How do you feel about different output method now?

I think I have address this above.

 

Any thoughts on any of the questions above – how are you getting that  TBR list down?

6 Speak To Me:

Chris on 18 June 2011 16:34 said...

Getting the TBR list down? LOL! It always seems to increase a bit faster than I can read.

restlessreader on 18 June 2011 18:43 said...

I love that you call yourself a "hybrid" reader. That's exactly the direction my reading life is taking me.

Clare Swindlehurst on 19 June 2011 07:31 said...

Good point about the out of sight out of mind for ebooks, it is harder to remember they are there on your Kindle when you can't "see" them on the shelf. I went to read a book the other day and noticed there was a Jodi Picoult sitting there which i couldn't for the life of me remember if I'd read or not, and I had no book cover to prompt my memory! Do love my Kindle though...

Here's my post: http://www.bluearchipelagoreviews.com/blog/has-technology-changed-the-way-you-read-tss-weekly-geeks/

Erotic Horizon on 19 June 2011 11:01 said...

@Chris..

Word!!!!

Mine is massive

:)

Erotic Horizon on 19 June 2011 11:03 said...

@ restlessreader

"hybrid" reader

I don't think there is a better word to describe me - I really am all over the place with my reading..

Have a great weekend..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 19 June 2011 11:06 said...

@Clare

it is harder to remember they are there on your Kindle when you can't "see" them

I think this is both a blessing a curse with ereaders... I am quite pleased though when I come upon a long forgotten book on the reader..

Thanks for stopping by..

Happy geeky weekend..

:)