Reading preferences: Format shift

Since I’ve become pregnant, it seems everything is in flux. Nothing is constant anymore. (Was it ever? But that’s a post for another time.) Among the things changing: My preference for book format. I’ve long preferred hardcovers and trade paperbacks, while shunning mass market paperbacks. Sure, they’re smaller, but they don’t lay open for anything, and they tend to fall apart so much more quickly! I’ve also found the interior layouts to generally be sub-par as well.

But now, since I can’t lay on my stomach to read anymore — I’ve always read a lot in bed — and am relegated to my side, I’ve found hardcovers incredibly cumbersome and heavy! Now, the small dimensions of the mass market are attractive! I’ve even considered not reading anything in hardcover except for maybe at lunch, where it can rest on the table during this time.

Except that would require me to depart from my long-held book monogamy. Hrm.

Do you ever find that your preferences have changed?

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4 responses to “Reading preferences: Format shift

  1. Yes. I used to like all books, but I shy away from mass market these days as the print is small and it’s difficult to hold open. Part of the reason why I like my Kindle so much. And I do have a tendency to get books that are published in mass market on my e-reader. I mean, it lays flat and is not heavy. I do still like hardcovers, but sometimes my wrists complain. I can see your point regarding a shift in format. 🙂

    Hope you are feeling well.

  2. I like mass markets because I feel they can be beat up more. I don’t think twice about throwing one in my purse or diaper bag or whatever. As I age (haha) I find that the hardcovers are nicer on the eyes.

  3. My preferences definitely change. I actually don’t mind mass market as long as the print is clear and not too small.

  4. I LOVE hardcover books but they’re hard to tote around. And since I do most of my reading away from home (if I do any reading these days) and sometimes at the gym, paperbacks work best for me. I actually liked the hardcovers when i was pregnant because if i was in bed I typically had lots of pillows around me–could prop the book up on pillows.

    Format changes these days? I’m all about the audiobooks.

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