Friday Debate: Reading Across Formats

Friday Deabte

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question: 


It is every bookworm’s dream to read at every moment of the day. But life and responsibilities keep getting in the way so we resolve ourselves to capture the fleeting free moments we get to read. But I have recently discovered a way to read at literally every chance, but methods that may not be necessarily available and acceptable to everyone.

I am currently reading Milkman by Anna Burns. I have the printed book and the e-book, both that I borrowed from the library, and the audiobook that I received from my Audible free trial. I didn’t plan this. I put the e-book and the printed book on hold and coincidently I got them both at the same time. I prefer reading printed books but the ability to continue reading while at the desk at work or reading on my phone or tablet on a crowded bus or train makes ebooks super convenient. Then I recently discovered that while I do my errands, chores and cooking, I can make them more enjoyable by listening to an audiobook.

Trying to find where you left off in each format might be annoying and time-consuming but given the chance to through an enjoyable book a lot more pleasant. Then I started thinking: wouldn’t it be great when you purchased a book, you get the e-book and the audiobook? I talked about this in a previous post and I think it needs to be readdressed. Publishers would hate the idea but I think it would benefit the consumer and encourage more reading.

So for this week’s Friday Debate, I am asking these two questions:

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