Picking the right book format can do wonders for your reading experience. If you don't like reading that much, aside from finding the right book, maybe you just haven't found the right format for you.


Paperbacks are probably the most common format out there. They're considered cheap and are easy to carry around since they're lightweight. One downside is that they can be easily damaged, especially mass-market (the small pocket-sized ones) as they're usually of low-quality paper, and the pages are tightly compacted - like UK editions - which makes the spines more prone to breaking.


Hardcovers are my guilty pleasure. They're expensive and they're usually heavy, but they're pretty and fancy. When I first started reading, I hated them. Why would I get a heavy book with a paper cover that comes off? Then I saw some really pretty hardcovers and how they don't get damaged as easily as paperbacks, and that "paper cover that comes off" is called a dust jacket, and it's mainly there to protect the book and make it prettier. They're also easier to stay open, so no need to keep pressing your hands on them, and no spine breaking!


Even though I'm not a big fan of e-books as I just love the feeling of a book in my hands (and its smell), I have to say that they're really practical; they're probably the cheapest out there, and you can even find some titles for free. They weigh nothing; you can carry a phone, tablet, or an e-reader with hundreds of books on it effortlessly. Probably the only downside is that reading e-books for long periods can harm your eyes.


A lot of people argue that listening to audiobooks shouldn't count as reading, but to each their own, right? Audiobooks can be really fun! I've never really enjoyed regular ones, though, ones with someone just reading the book and mimicking voices here and there. So, let me introduce you to graphic audiobooks, where you have a full cast for all the characters, sound effects, and everything, basically a movie in your mind. I've come across three that I listened to while reading the books - The Stormlight Archive, Mistborn, and The Illuminae Files - and let me tell you, they were amazing. My reading experience was more vivid and unforgettable.

Now, I usually prefer hardcovers… When I can afford them *cries in poor.* But the most important thing is the magic inside the book. Whether you choose a physical copy, e-book, or audiobook, that's all up to you and your enjoyment. So just read on, bookworms!

What about you?

Which format do you think is best, and why? Let us know in the comments!