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What is your favourite way of reading books?

Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,480 Disability Gamechanger
edited January 23 in Coffee lounge

National Reading Day

Today, January 23rd 2021, is National Reading Day, which is an annual event that aims to encourage people to read more, obviously. 

The ways in which we consume books

These days, having a physical print copy of a book is almost seen as the traditional way to read, due to the emergence of new and interesting ways to consume books. While to many there is nothing quite like having the physical copy to add to your collection, to others the opportunities brought by e-books and audiobooks have made reading much more accessible. 

Audiobooks

My personal favourite way to read books, which I imagine will also be the case for quite a few of you who have a visual impairment. Of course the most popular choice here is Audible because it has almost any book you can think of at a relatively decent monthly subscription, but there are alternatives out there:
  • If you are a podcast listener, you might want to browse the categories section of your podcast app, or search for "audiobooks" because there are an increasing number of them being made available on podcast platforms for free.
  • Your local library may offer a selection of audiobooks which will be accessed through either CD, memory stick or via a mobile application. It's definitely worth finding your nearest library and querying if they have audiobooks.
  • For those of you who do have sight loss, RNIB Reading Services is a fantastic scheme that enables you to access thousands of high quality audiobooks for free. Once signed up, the platform allows you to browse a library of audiobooks, any of which you can download to your phone.
person reading on a Kindle device

E-books

These are almost the perfect option for those who love the feeling of owning a book and reading it themselves, but don't quite have the storage space to keep numerous physical books. While audiobooks aren't always guaranteed to be available for any given title, with an e-book you can almost always find one for any book you think of. 

By far the best option for consuming e-books is Amazon Kindle, which is a platform that hosts electronic versions of books, and when paired with a Kindle device it makes reading a breeze. Kindle books have numerous accessibility options that allow you to customise your reading experience. Again however, like with audiobooks, it is always worth checking with your local library, as many do offer e-book lending services.

Your current reading recommendations

It's been a while since we heard about what you're currently reading, so feel free to tell us:
  • What are you reading right now?
  • What is your preferred way of consuming books? 
  • What will you be reading next?
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  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 3,107 Pioneering
    I have a few Catherine Cookson and crime books on my Alex through amazon and I have true stories in hard copy st the moment I am reading how did Marilyn munroe resly die 

    Its very interesting read 
  • Andy58Andy58 Member Posts: 38 Courageous
    edited January 23
    I used to be an avid book reader and had hundreds of paperbooks, nowadays I read on my laptop through amazon kindle cloud linked to my amazon account. I've a couple of true life storys on the go at the moment. I'm thinking of trying audible books and also podcasts.
  • vikingqueenvikingqueen Member Posts: 255 Pioneering
       I have a kindle but I much prefer a "real" book. The kindle is usually reserved for going on holiday.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,956 Disability Gamechanger
    Has to be in print for me, although senior management loves her kindle. We are both avid readers and always have been.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    I have an Audible account, and have a library of audiobooks on it which I sometimes listen to.. I used to go to the central Library in Town a lot and get actual books but it closed a couple of years ago, and when I was a kid I was always in the local Library, I used to read Doctor Who books, a bit older than I was supposed to at 8 but at school they did say I had a reading age of 11 plus back then.

  • CressidaCressida Member Posts: 691 Pioneering
    I use Borrowbox for library audio books, Audible and hard back books as I need the larger print. I also use the kindle app on my ipad. I've had to pause my Audible account as I have a stack of stuff to read already and 3 credits. I also listen to podcasts. I love books and enjoy browsing in the library in normal times. We have a rotary club charity book shop locally and all hard backs £1 and softback 50p. My idea of heaven to spend a Saturday morning browsing there. I miss this.
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,304 Disability Gamechanger
    Sadly my concentration won’t let me sit down to relax and read a book so I only really consume books in the form of audiobooks. However if I was to read visually I would always choose a physical book :)
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,415 Disability Gamechanger
    I used to love reading but any type now puts too much strain on my one eye I can see through 

    I may have to give audible a try but to me it wouldn't feel the same but may be worth a try 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 4,304 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 23
    @janer1967 I was suspicious of audio books as well but they are actually really good. I have listened to a lot of non fiction books in audiobook format and learned a lot from them. You can put it on while doing other things and even if you absorb 50% of it it’s worth listening to.
  • deb74deb74 Member Posts: 686 Pioneering
    I always read books. If I look at a screen for too long I get a head ache! I don't read as much as I used to but when I do read it is either a horror or thriller. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,956 Disability Gamechanger
    When my late dad became partially sighted he used to get audio books from the RNIB, he would get one read it send it back and get another.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,195 Pioneering
    I prefer to read from a book. I find it easiest to use, to pick up and put down, hold, etc. Nothing to charge, nor buttons to think of. Things happening and losing my place if I wipe something off the screen! I'm just about to work my way through Chris Bonnello's Underdogs series, "A near-future war novel, where teenagers who escaped an attack on their special school become the last hope of freeing the British people."

    I can't remember my last book, it was some time ago. I usually go for non fiction, science type books. I've tried audio books but not got on with them. I seem to blank out and miss large chunks, then have to go back to find where I last remember.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,014 Disability Gamechanger
    I like a hard copy, an actual book, but only if the print isn’t too small. If it is too small I prefer to use a kindle copy or kobo books as you can enlarge the print substantially. Sometimes if I like an ebook I’ll buy a book version to treasure in my collection.
  • BrettWBrettW Member Posts: 607 Pioneering
    I still have a physical book collection but nowadays find it difficult to read a physical book due to me not being able to sit comfortably for long periods. I now have a big collection of books on my Amazon Audible account (close to 100 now I think). 

    The great thing about this method is I can simply ask Alexa to read my current book to me and when I go to bed I have my phone on a wifi charger next to my bed and the phone carries on reading my book to me directly where Alexa left off so it's a perfect soloution
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,157 Disability Gamechanger
    I prefer to wait until they're turned into a film or documentary instead...  :D

    I never have liked reading books.  Though I find it hard to concentrate and create the 'picture' in my mind so maybe that's why.  I can spend all day reading forums on and off!
  • BrettWBrettW Member Posts: 607 Pioneering
    @OverlyAnxious I like films but its always a two edged sword with films adapted from books. I like to make sure I've read the book first before watching a film because sometimes it helps explain why certain things occur in a film that maybe are not explained very well

    Problem is a lot of the time they change parts of the story to make it more entertaining from a visual point of view and this is not always a good thing :smile:
  • Marie88Marie88 Member Posts: 76 Connected
    I like reading physical books.. I love the smell and feel of them! I do have an iPad with kindle app but I’ve never used it. I may try sometime though as certain kindle versions of books seem to be cheaper on amazon.

    I only recently tried an audiobook which I found quite strange at first, but once I got used to it I enjoyed it so will probably listen to more of them.

    I’m currently reading ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro.

    Not sure what I’ll read next, I have so many books on my bookshelf! Possibly ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    I think this month's credit on Audible comes in today, as it's the 26th, but I haven't had an email yet.. What should I use it on? I like sci-fi, comedy and educational books.


  • BrettWBrettW Member Posts: 607 Pioneering
    edited January 26
    Mine was due yesterday @MrAllen1976 but didn't actually appear on my account till this morning. They might be delayed a little

    I spent mine on the second book in 'The Wheel of Time' series of fantasy books because I'm just about to finish the first one.

    Have a look through the books you have already listened to and see if any new ones have appeared on Audible if it is part of a series. Otherwise just look through the categories of books you like and pick one that catches your eye

    (edited for grammar error)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    Mine came in half an hour ago, not wasting it on something random though, I'll spend it on something I actually want.


  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,896 Disability Gamechanger
    For me too it has to be an actual book, preferably a hard back. We had a secondhand bookshop for nearly 25 years, so I was spoilt for choice. Our bookshop is mentioned in one of Peter Robinson's books, not one of the Inspector Banks series, but a standalone novel 'Before The Poison.' He used to come into our shop to check out other crime fiction writers (!), & used to sign all of his books that we had in stock at the time.
    Both my son & I are book collectors, yet my daughter isn't remotely interested in books.....
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,195 Pioneering
    chiarieds said:
    For me too it has to be an actual book, preferably a hard back. We had a secondhand bookshop for nearly 25 years, so I was spoilt for choice. Our bookshop is mentioned in one of Peter Robinson's books, not one of the Inspector Banks series, but a standalone novel 'Before The Poison.' He used to come into our shop to check out other crime fiction writers (!), & used to sign all of his books that we had in stock at the time.
    Both my son & I are book collectors, yet my daughter isn't remotely interested in books.....
    I suppose that makes you a genuine bookworm ;-) I remember our local bookshop growing up. It used to cost hardly anything to swap a book over for another one. I was heavily into Secret Seven, Famous Five, The Hardy Brothers, and Biggles in those days. My daughter got into Famous Five for a few months but is more into fantasy type stories involving fairies, mermaids, etc. At the moment she's making her own Anime comics. She's amazing at drawing the characters.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,896 Disability Gamechanger
    Oh definitely @cartha - we also used to do a paperback exchange, so if books were brought back in good condition a customer got half their money back, sometimes in cash, but most just wanted more books. One of the biggest delights was seeing children so interested in books, & yes, we had Enid Blyton, The Hardy Boys (F.W. Dixon), & of course Biggles (many of which I've read), Beano, Dandy & Eagle annuals + more! Once heard a parent say walking past our shop to their son who wanted to come in, 'what do you want another book for, you've already got one'.....how awful. The saddest moment was when a 10 year old girl, who used to come in once a fortnight with her Dad & younger brother, just came across & gave me a hug with tears in her eyes, when I said we were closing, saying 'please don't close.'
    I do really appreciate how other ways of seeing & hearing other books has helped both disabled & able bodied people, but they were part of the beginning of the end for secondhand bookshops. We used to get customers saying we were a dying breed several years ago. Sadly our son closed the bookshop down just over 2 years ago.
  • GrinchyGrinchy Member Posts: 287 Pioneering
    I prefer an actual book to an e reader, currently reading Carrie fishers wishfull drinking, a funny account of her problems with addiction and her mental health struggles, i like autobiography's and anything by Terry Pratchett, glad to see so many people still reading  
  • BrettWBrettW Member Posts: 607 Pioneering
    Terry Pratchett is my favourite author :smiley:
  • carthacartha Member Posts: 1,195 Pioneering
    chiarieds said:
    Oh definitely @cartha - we also used to do a paperback exchange, so if books were brought back in good condition a customer got half their money back, sometimes in cash, but most just wanted more books. One of the biggest delights was seeing children so interested in books, & yes, we had Enid Blyton, The Hardy Boys (F.W. Dixon), & of course Biggles (many of which I've read), Beano, Dandy & Eagle annuals + more! Once heard a parent say walking past our shop to their son who wanted to come in, 'what do you want another book for, you've already got one'.....how awful. The saddest moment was when a 10 year old girl, who used to come in once a fortnight with her Dad & younger brother, just came across & gave me a hug with tears in her eyes, when I said we were closing, saying 'please don't close.'
    I do really appreciate how other ways of seeing & hearing other books has helped both disabled & able bodied people, but they were part of the beginning of the end for secondhand bookshops. We used to get customers saying we were a dying breed several years ago. Sadly our son closed the bookshop down just over 2 years ago.
    Oh, yes the annuals. They were rare where I lived growing up (Africa) but my uncle used to buy me a load every year. My daughter has a Beano subscription plus I buy her the yearly annuals for Beano, Dandy, and the combined Beano/Dandy annual. She's Beano mad! I've been trying to collect annuals for her from years past at markets (then COVID happened!), and she has a very large collection but still a few years missing. Some friends run a used bookshop in the nearby town (it's massive!) but not sure if it will survive the lockdowns. They have already had to close one business, and the bookshop has been closed for ages. Last I spoke to them they were going to try their best to keep the bookshop going so they must be doing well with it. Good to know people are still reading "proper" books :-1:

    When my daughter was growing up I used to read to her. As soon as she started picking out words and reading herself we started reading together. In no time she was reading to me every night. When she started school she was very advanced with reading, and still enjoys reading now. Seems I got something right there ;-)  She also loves the Guinness book of records and some other book about mysteries that I can't remember the name of right now. "Can you believe it?" Something like that. My daughter's primary school were very big on pushing books and reading so that has helped, too. She went to a Welsh speaking school so reading English books at home helped keep her English up to scratch. Now she's a teenager she speaks something us old'ns have never heard of!

    I always loved Enid Blyton books. I had to source a rare Biggles book for a friend a few years ago. I still have a copy somewhere (digital) and hope to read it myself. Can't remember the title off-hand. I still remember a couple of books from school that I enjoyed, Flight of the Grey Goose, Flight of the Phoenix, Douglas Bader. Amazing how they have stuck in my head. I've also seen the films of the last two.

    Sad to hear about people who don't appreciate books. I once was trying to help someone with medical advice they had got wrong, so I got a medical book to show them what they were doing wrong. A proper medical book put together by doctors and experts in their field (a family medical book) but the response I got was "can't believe everything you read in books"!  I don't know what put her off of books but it sounded like something to do with the parents, too. Just sad to hear it come out of the mouth of a 40+ year old.

    Sorry to hear you had to close your bookshop. My daughter has never shown interest in digital books. Even with her art, she can do it on the computer but seems to prefer doing it on paper. She may be interested in audio books playing while she draws. She likes a lot of things going on at once. We don't have TV in the house so there is also a lack of that distraction to encourage her to sit and do nothing while being entertained. Everything's available online these days so we can watch something whenever we feel like it rather than being dictated to by a TV schedule.

    I'm really typing a lot. I better stop before I send people to sleep! ;-)

  • BrettWBrettW Member Posts: 607 Pioneering
    I dont watch TV either @cartha. I've always been a big reader but I find it more comfortable for me now to listen to my books audibly. I think books and stories open up the imagination far more than TV does
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,214 Disability Gamechanger
    I loved Enid Blyton when I was growing up @cartha :) The Famous Five was one of my favourite series of books. 

    You're not sending anyone to sleep! It was interesting to read about your daughter's relationship with books over time. I definitely used to read a lot more when I was younger, but it's something that I'm trying to get back into. I read 'The Thursday Murder Club' by Richard Osman over Christmas and really enjoyed it. 
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  • DragonslayerDragonslayer Member Posts: 708 Pioneering
    There is nothing like reading from a real book, Simply holding one and turning the pages is for me all part of the reading experience. I have quite a few of them in my library especially the ones I really enjoyed and prefer them in hardback. But I must admit since using my first kindle years ago I now read E- Books. Since then I have had a Amazon fire7 tablet and now a fire10 one which I have stored many other books.   
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    I've read most of the old Discworld books by the late Terry Pratchett, after playing the Discworld games on the PC in the 90s I decided to read the source material for the plot of the games.

    Very funny some of them as well.

  • EllestarEllestar Member Posts: 16 Connected
    I loved reading Enid Blyton books as a child, and I still read them today.
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,480 Disability Gamechanger
    Ellestar said:
    I loved reading Enid Blyton books as a child, and I still read them today.
    Which is your favourite?
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  • EllestarEllestar Member Posts: 16 Connected
    I love them all. 
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    I might save up my Audible credits for a bit, the current WWE Champ Drew McIntyre's got an autobiography coming out in May, wouldn't mind listening to that, he seems like a nice enough bloke, and recently he's embraced his Scotch heritage and started wearing a Kilt to the ring.


  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    I haven't read a book for over 2 years as I haven't been able to concentrate.  I used to be an avid reader getting through at least a book a week.  I was intrigued by Richard Osman's book The Thursday Murder Club and bought it on a whim.  I now read a chapter a night and it helps me go to sleep  :)
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,214 Disability Gamechanger
    I really enjoyed it @coylygirl :) You'll have to let me know what you think of it once you've finished!
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  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    I;m finding it intriguing but gentle,  Trouble is I'm a linguist so pulling apart the grammar!
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Listener
    I've not spent last month's Audible credit yet, trying to find something worthwhile for it.

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 3,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes, I'd agree it's gentle @coylygirl, but I found that quite comforting (despite the topic :D)! Ah, I'm not cursed with linguistic prowess thankfully. I did find it quite an easy read though, which I actually appreciated. I think I saw that it's his first go at a novel, so perhaps there's some room for improvement. 
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  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    Oh it's just me, I've a degree in linguistics and am a pedant and a grammar nazi!  I don't blame Richard, he just needed an better editor (like me perhaps)  :)
  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    a better editor lol

  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,896 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm definitely there with you @coylygirl - I'm no linguist, but struggle with a book if the grammar is poor. If you look above, you will see we had a secondhand & antiquarian bookshop for nearly 25 years, so I had the opportunity to read many & varied books; I used to get through on average 3 books a week if it was fiction.
    I remember trying one of J.K. Rowling's books, as we sold so many; I couldn't get past the first page.
    I'm now unsure I would try Richard Osman's 'The Thursday Murder Club' book, altho I like country-based gentler crime writers such as Ann Granger's 'Mitchell & Markby' series, & wished I had kept these books to re-read.
    Please say what you think about 'The Thursday Murder Club' when you've finished it. :)
  • coylygirlcoylygirl Member Posts: 231 Pioneering
    I am enjoying it, gently humourous and the characters are beautifully portrayed x
  • 11190821119082 Member - under moderation Posts: 269 Courageous
    I really like reading both fiction and non fiction books. 
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