Print, Audio, or Ebooks: What is Your Favorite Way to Read?

Print, Audio, or Ebooks: What is Your Favorite Way to Read?

Do you prefer a print book, an ebook, or to listen to audiobooks? The Pew Research Center reports that the average person reads 12 books per year, but what is the preferred reading platform.

Statistics on Reading

In 2019, according to Global English Editing, print books remain dominant at 70.1%, e-books at 10.4%, and audiobooks at 7.3%. These numbers are surprising in this digital age when people are increasingly distracted by their smartphones.

Print, Audio or Ebooks

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Print Books

Hardcover, softcover and paperback books all fall into the print book category. According to Publishers Weekly, print book sales grew 8.2% in 2020.

Advantages of Print Books

The benefits of print books include the ability to turn the pages and touch the paper. Illustrations are more detailed and it is possible to read outdoors or on the beach. There is much less eye strain. You can share print books with family and friends easily and create a library with your favorite titles.

Disadvantages of Print Books

A printed book is more expensive than an ebook. You cannot adjust it for font or style; you cannot speed it up like an audiobook. A print book is hard to carry around, causes storage problems, and you have to buy it from a bricks-and-mortar store or order it online.


E-books or electronic books allow you to read on a computer or other electronic device in a digital form.

Advantages of E-books

With ebooks, it is easy to customize the font size and style to your preferences. You can store thousands of books on one device, so you’ll never run out. They’re simple to download and available immediately. Normally, they are cheaper than print or audiobooks. You can sometimes download a sample and try it out before buying. There are also lots of websites offering free or special deals on e-books.

Some books are only available as ebooks. Extremely portable you can read them on a tablet, computer, or your phone. Organize your books in the cloud and you’ll have access to them wherever you go. E-books allow you to read during the night, and to take notes and highlight passages.

Disadvantages of E-books

Certain illustrations don’t translate as well in e-books. You need to keep your reading device charged to work. Screens are hard to read outdoors in the sunlight. Eye strain is a problem, especially if you work on a computer all day you don’t want to stare at a screen all night. There is a tendency to go on social media with your Wi-Fi connection instead of reading.

Audio Books

Audio books are recordings of books read out loud.

Advantages of Audiobooks

Audio books give your eyes a break. Download and listen to them anywhere and play them with Alexa. They offer different speeds and sleep timers are available. Libraries now offer audiobooks.

Disadvantages of Audio Books

It is more expensive to buy audiobooks than print or e-books. They take much more storage on hard drives and they have no illustrations. People multitask, so they aren’t as attentive to the story. Plus, if you drift off, it’s annoying to rewind.

Final Thoughts

All three methods of reading have pros and cons. I prefer print books outside, e-books in bed, and audiobooks in the car. What is your favorite way to read?


Until next time



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