…online, tongue to ear, tale to eye, and if I were competent with my fingers, I would do it under the sheets, in the dark, with my eyes closed and the most satisfied of grins on my face.
I just love words. Reading is sexy. I do it a lot… And then I read. Like others before me, I, too, pledge to read everything, printed or not.
I usually read (or listen to) two books (not at the same time, of course): one on my Kindle or iPod Nano and the other in print. I listen to stories like other people listen to music. Just last month, I did laundry with A Dyeing Shame, cooked with Practical Magic, and cleaned the floors while Melissa Marr’s Graveminder whispered all her secrets in my ear. Then I went to bed with a deliciously dark copy of Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica—I have a big bed ;-)
To me, every reading experience is enjoyably in its own way. I know there are people who can’t concentrate on listening to a book while doing something else, but I’m lucky enough to have no problem with it. Since I got my Kindle, I have been able to read/listen to 3-5 books a week; sometimes more. Before text-to-speech was an option, my max was one pleasure book a week, maybe two if I had a particularly long commute and no work I could do on the go.
This word-loving rant has a point, I promise… You see, I got into an argument with a friend over the value of audiobooks and ebooks. He said, “Stories lose value when they are narrated. And that electronic reader text-to-speech feature is an aberration.”
In my most polite voice, I told him, “You’re so full of shit.”
Seriously, my Wicked Luvs, I understand preferring a particular container for one’s words, but saying that a story “loses value” just because it goes from paper to pixel or to voice is not just untrue but it’s also insulting to the creator of the work. Yes, I love collecting paper books as much as the next reading addict does. However, what makes me go back to a book is not the presentation but the tale.
Do you enjoy ebooks, printed books, and audiobooks too? Or are you a printed-word-only kind of darling? If you answered yes to the latter, then how can you sleep at night knowing that you are yet to read “AlmaMia Cienfuegos”? Just kidding… maybe ;-)