BOOK VICES: THE PROS & CONS OF AUDIOBOOKS + DO THEY COUNT AS READING? (ANSWER: YES)

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Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with a new Book Vices post, and today I’m talking about why I love audiobooks, and why some people don’t! I’ve tried to be completely fair for each side, so I’ve included arguments from each side, against and for audiobooks.

YOU CAN FIND MY LATEST BOOK VICES DISCUSSION HERE:

Why Do We Hate Ebooks?

Do Our Books Need To Be In Pristine Condition?

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BOOK VICES: DO OUR BOOKS REALLY NEED TO BE IN PRISTINE CONDITION?

Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new Book Vices discussion and today I’m talking about how important it is that our books be in perfect and pristine condition! I am personally on the fence with this one so I thought I would go into both sides of the discussion!Β 

Let me know where you fit in on the scale!

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WHY DO WE KEEP OUR BOOKS IN SUCH GOOD CONDITION?

So, why do we do it? Why is it so important to us to keep our books in such brilliant have-i-even-read-this condition??Β For some of us, it doesn’t really matter and sometimes we care and then sometimes we do care about how “loved” our books look.

Do we do it for the aesthetic?? For Bookstagram &/or photography? For the physical “brand new” clean look you can get from an uncracked spine?? Does it really matter? Should we all just mind our own business and let people live their own bookish lives?

The main argument for a cracked spine is to show that it’s loved but, I’m pretty sure most of my books are loved, and unless they’re second hand they generally have uncracked spines. If the state of a spine is how we determine if a book has been loved or read then what about ebooks or audiobooks?

WHY DOES IT MATTER TO US?

I think it mostly matters to us because we’re a very visually biased society and we can be quite intense. I think, it probably doesn’t matter a whole lot and it just comes down to what we prefer to look at because apart from convenience for reading, the main reason for owning a bookshelf is to show and be proud of how your books look.

WHAT’S THE OTHER SIDE TO THE ARGUMENT?

It doesn’t really matter.

Books are meant to be loved so does it really matter what they look like – some people love to annotate, dog ear or crack the spine – what’s wrong with that?

Some people love ebooks, some people love audiobooks and some people love a cracked and peeling cover, isn’t that kind of cool too?

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DO YOU LIKE A CRACKED SPINE OR DOES IT OT BOTHER YOU?

HOW DO YOU SET OUT YOUR BOOKS?

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ANNOTATING BOOKS: WHAT’S TO HATE? // BOOK VICES

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new Discussions category on my blog which I’ve decided to call Book Vices. In this discussion feature, I am planning on talking about the controversial side of reading. By that I mean the things that we either don’t like to talk about when it comes to reading, or I’ll try to tackle the topics we tend to trash people for, hence today’s topic: Annotating books.

Let me know if you enjoy this type of discussion and want to see more of it. Or, better yet, let me know if you annotate your books!

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TABBING

Of all the annotating hate I really don’t understand this one – apart from maybe the aesthetic Bookstagram photos I really don’t understand the hate for tabs. I just find it so much easier when I’m writing reviews or want to go back to a scene to re-read. I’m genuinely curious, is it a vain aesthetic thing or do you not tab your ebooks either?

I really love tabbing my books – physical, ebook or audio. I think it actually looks really cool when you see the physical product once a book has been fully tabbed. I think it shows that I loved my book or at least that I had a lot of thoughts or opinions on the book. I have always tried to keep my books in good condition so tabbing my books is my sort of way to show outwardly, without cracking open the pages, that I have really loved a book.

Also, come on, tabbing helps out so much whenever I want to go re-read a book or scene and even when writing reviews. So, besides photos and a clean aesthetic, I don’t see why anyone would have a problem with tabbing books.

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WRITING

In a way, I do understand this, because what if you end up giving the book away or unhauling it? But, isn’t it sort of cool to be able to access your thoughts from the moment you were reading the words on the page. I would love to be able to read what I was thinking the first time I read Harry Potter or Twilight or Stalking Jack The Ripper!

But, does not writing in books alsoΒ extend to not getting books signed if you’re given the chance? I don’t know if I could live with that, I love getting my books signed and getting to meet authors.

I am still easing into writing in my books, but from what I’ve done so far, I am really enjoying it. I plan on picking up Twilight soonish so I think I might fully annotate the book throughout the whole month and then pick it up every 5-10 years and annotate just so I can see what my thoughts are. I am also annotating my audio copies of Harry Potter as I read them throughout the year and I am really enjoying it because I missed so much when I was younger!

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FOLDING PAGES

I understand this one to a point. I’ll admit that I generally don’t fold the pages in my books. But, hey, if I don’t have any spare paper of any books marks with me, then yeah I’ll fold the page. The only thing that would stop me from doing this is if I was borrowing the book from a friend.

I understand the argument for this one. Why not just use a bookmark? Maybe because I don’t have one or because I’m too lazy. Either way, I think the argument is pretty simple: It’s my book and I’ll do what I want. #Hatersgonnahate

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DO YOU ANNOTATE YOUR BOOKS?
DO YOU WANT TO SEE MORE BOOK VICES DISCUSSIONS?

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