Friday, June 28, 2013

Follow Friday - Cadmium-114 Has a Half-Life of 14.1 Years

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Paperbook Princess and Got Fiction?.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback, etc?

Paperback. Specifically mass market paperback. I do a lot of my reading while on the move, usually while I am commuting to and from work, and so having a reasonably portable format works best for me. A mass market paperback is fairly lightweight and unless it is doorstop thick, can fit into pants pocket for ease of carrying. Both hardbacks and trade paperbacks can be carried on a bus or train, and are both more attractive sitting on a bookshelf (and hardbacks are certainly more durable), but they simply aren't as convenient.

I can hear the cries of e-book enthusiasts, "Our preferred format is just as portable as a paperback". That may be true, but e-books don't work for me for one simple reason: I forget things. I have absent-mindedly left more than one book sitting on a bus seat. And because those books were just paperbacks,  replacing them was a matter of a few dollars at most. If I had instead left an e-reader sitting on a bus seat, I would have had to spend substantially more to replace the device plus whatever it would have cost me to replace the contents. Because I know myself, I know that it would only be a matter of time before I left an e-reader on the bus and it would be lost to me forever. So I know this format is simply not one that would work for me.

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  1. I lose things all the time too, that why I have to make sure I always double check before I leave. Yay paperback!! I'm a new follower, hope you'll come check out my FF


    1. @V: Even when I double check, I almost always have to check yet another time after the double check, because even then I'm likely to forget something. The number of times I have left work or home and realized that I had left something important behind is amazingly depressing.

  2. Oh, yikes. I would cry if I left my ereader somewhere. I just had to replace my kindle touch because my kid destroyed it (and 2 days out of warranty...go figure).

    I'm a new follower via GFC.

    MY FF

    1. @Lizzy: That would be another reason for me to not get an e-reader - it is as likely that I would do something that would destroy it as I am to do something that would lose it.

  3. Very true... once it's gone, it's GONE!

    Julianna Smith // Reading In Twilight - FFF

    1. @Julianna Smith: I don't even wear a watch any more. I learned after leaving a couple behind in hotel rooms and the like that I can't be trusted with stuff like that.

  4. I began reading ebooks when my bookcases started overflowing. I also like to read self published writers and many don't have a print copy available.
    New GFC follower

    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

    1. @Kimberley Wheaton: When my bookcases start overflowing, I buy or build more shelves. Soon I'll need to move to a bigger place to hold them all, but that's fine with me.