2012 READERCON FILIPINO FRIDAY (3): Reading Habits and Book Formats

Well, hello, Friday! I am sooo glad to see you!

Because it’s already Friday, I am too lazy to make any Introductions. So, if you want to know what Filipino Friday is, please check out these posts.

For this week, Filipino Friday is about reading quirks:

“August 3 – Reading Habits and Book Formats. Where and how do you read? Can you read anywhere and everywhere, or do you need a certain place/mood/state of mind to get reading? Do you read more in the morning or at night or any minute that you can? Where and how do you usually read? Are you exclusively for print, or do you go for ebooks more than print? Have you ever tried audiobooks?”

I can read almost anywhere (even inside the toilet!  ) but not in moving vehicles such as buses and cars, especially ferries and ships, because I get motion sickness. My most favorite place for reading is on my bed because I prefer to lie down and read, even though my mother tells me it’s bad for my eyes. (Is that fact or myth?) I am always in the mood for reading. I read almost everyday especially at night before I sleep (my day job just isn’t helping my reading habits, boo!), and I cherish weekends because I can just lie down and read all I want.

When it comes to specific formats of books, I do not have a particular preference. I used to shun reading ebooks, but that was when I read them on the computer. But now that I have my own e-reader, I must say that the reading experience is not much different. In fact, I love the highlighting option of Kindle, and most especially the ease with which I can look up the meaning of a particular word in just a finger’s touch.  Most often than not, when reading print books, I am always tempted to “touch” a word in order to look up its meaning. Haha!

Having a Kindle though did not deter me from book-hoarding. Inf act, just last month, I had a pretty huge haul from Booksale, and I can’t promise that I won’t make any more book purchases in the future (no matter how I restrain myself).

I am also not too OC with the editions or covers of books that I buy, but as much as possible, I stay away from movie tie-in editions. However, I am more particular with the font sizes and styles. Being myopic, I prefer large prints and fonts that are clean and easy to the eyes. Other than that, I am not affected much by book covers or whether they’re paperbacks or hardbacks.

Audiobooks? I haven’t tried them yet though I might, but not soon. I easily get distracted when listening and I doubt whether I’ll be able to appreciate a book if I only listen to it. Maybe, if it’s a book that I’ve already read, I think I can give its audio version a try.

Let’s support the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference happening in August 18, 2012!

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