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What is your favourite way of reading books?

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Ross_Alumni
Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
edited January 2021 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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  • Lisatho11987777
    Lisatho11987777 Scope Member Posts: 5,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    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 
  • Andy58
    Andy58 Community member Posts: 41 Pioneering
    edited January 2021
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    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.
  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Scope Member Posts: 1,434 Disability Gamechanger
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       I have a kindle but I much prefer a "real" book. The kindle is usually reserved for going on holiday.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,656 Disability Gamechanger
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    Has to be in print for me, although senior management loves her kindle. We are both avid readers and always have been.
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  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 1,651 Connected
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    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.

  • Cressida
    Cressida Community member Posts: 1,018 Pioneering
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    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.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,663 Disability Gamechanger
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    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 :)
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    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 
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,663 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 2021
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    @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.
  • deb74
    deb74 Community member Posts: 814 Pioneering
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    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. 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,656 Disability Gamechanger
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    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.
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  • cartha
    cartha Community member Posts: 1,390 Pioneering
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    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.
  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    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.

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  • BrettW
    BrettW Community member Posts: 698 Pioneering
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    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
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,619 Disability Gamechanger
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    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!
  • BrettW
    BrettW Community member Posts: 698 Pioneering
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    @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:
  • Marie88
    Marie88 Community member Posts: 114 Courageous
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    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: 1,651 Connected
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    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.


  • BrettW
    BrettW Community member Posts: 698 Pioneering
    edited January 2021
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    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: 1,651 Connected
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    Mine came in half an hour ago, not wasting it on something random though, I'll spend it on something I actually want.


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