50-in-one, dust jackets and Tom Hiddleston: pros and cons of book formats

book formats

How do you like to read your books? Do you prefer going all 21st century with your e-reader, or do you prefer a good old physical copy? Or maybe you even prefer listening to an audiobook instead of reading? Each of these book formats comes with advantages, but also with struggles. Let’s have a look at some of them!


The Good: Perfect for multitasking. You can listen to your favourite book while driving or cooking. And on the train your headphones make it clear you’re not interested in talking to people. Extra nice: find a book narrated by your favourite celebrity and you can have him whisper in your ear. Hi there, Tom Hiddleston!

The Bad: Easy to get distracted and find your mind wandering over to grocery lists. Or, like me, while listening in bed, you keep falling asleep mid-chapter and have to start over (I totally blame Hiddleston’s voice for that!).



The Good: Can’t decide which books to take with you on vacation? Why not all 50 of them without breaking your back! And read all the smutty smut you want without getting weird looks on the train.

The Bad: Want to read on the beach? Sunlight says no. Wait, did your e-reader run out of battery power again?! And you’ll never get to have that amazing library to show off to your friends.



The Good: Looks so stylish on your shelves. Collect all the pretties and display them in your personal library. And take off the dust jacket for an extra surprise, who knows what secrets lurk underneath on the actual book cover!

The Bad: What do I do with the dust jacket while reading?! Maybe hide behind it while checking my bank account, cuz them hardcovers don’t come cheap.



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I mean, they look nice on your shelves, but not as pretty as hardcovers. On the plus side, they’re cheaper. And you don’t have any flare on your screen while reading in the sun, but they take up more space in your bag. And finally, you (or I at least) don’t get distracted as easily as with audiobooks, but then again, no Tom Hiddleston.


Which of these book formats is your favourite, and why? What are some of the struggles you deal with? Let me know in the comments below!

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