So, How Do You Like Your Books?

Do you like your books in print, as an e-book, or maybe as an audiobook? If you checkout any of these reading formats from the library, do you typically purchase books as well?
We're curious about the non-library ways you discover & access books, please leave a comment below.
Since there are very few bookstores left, such as Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble, is it word-of-mouth, or do you visit websites like Amazon, Goodreads, Audible, or Oyster?

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Almost all my books are in print from the T.P. Library. I get info on books to read from friends and the Tribune Literary section. I sometimes use Half Price Books.
I like books that are in a series, like Joanne Fluke's Hannah series.

We're glad you shared your thoughts with us, Jeanne. I think word of mouth might apply to many of us. Happy reading... Anthony, Virtual Services

I prefer paper-and-ink books for almost all of my reading. The exception is for travel, when it is more convenient to bring one e-book instead of a stack of books (though I still usually bring a few books, since not all my reading material is available in e-book format.)

My reading habits are similar. Tablets & e-readers will always have that nice advantage of offering thousands of books in the palm of your hand. The ability to increase the font size is one other unique advantage to ebooks. Do you discover new books through the library, online, word-of-mouth, or even some other way?!
~Anthony, Virtual Services

I get 95% of my books from the TP library. The rest I get from, usually for a gift or something that I would want to keep (reference book, recipe book, etc). I prefer paper books, although I also sometimes get an audiobook (usually from to listen to on my phone while I drive to/from work or workout.

Thanks for sharing, Erica. I also listen to audiobooks during the times you mentioned. Exercising & driving will just never lend themselves to paper reading!
~Anthony, Virtual Services

The Tinley Park Library is my “go to” source for any book in any form (print, audio, e-book) text book, CD and DVD that is on my ‘must read’ or wish list. The staff seems to be equipped not only with unequalled knowledge but with attitude of conscientiousness and helpfulness that is unparalleled. Half Price books and Amazon are both wonderful resources for books that may be out of print or a little bit difficult to find and I have used those sites when looking to buy. I also buy from the TP Friends of the Library Book Store books for adults to give as gifts and books for children that I give out at Halloween instead of candy. I started this practice the year I ran out of candy and started to substitute children’s books. Rather than being disappointed the children started yelling “She’s giving out books! “Some even wanted to return the candy…for a book!” What a great excuse for me to pursue my ‘addiction’ of not being able to pass up the great book deals in the little library store and at Halloween especially, to ‘treat’ a child’s mind. Connie Pavur

A very cool tradition you describe! It's refreshing to know that children were interested in books rather than more candy! Thanks for sharing!
~Anthony, Virtual Services

Generally, I'll look for my book in Kindle format, and if not available, then I'll request the hard copy. There are times when I'll stumble across a book I fall in love with, and then I'll usually purchase a paper-and-ink version because there's a difference between having a book on my Kindle and having a book in my collection, if you get my meaning (also, easier to loan out real books, of course).

As for where I get my book recommendations, I am a member of Goodreads and pick off quite a few from there from what my friends are reading. Also, I find that as an avid listener of NPR, I'll often find authors and/or books discussed there that I'll then follow up with by reserving at the library.

You share a very well-rounded process of discovering reading in many ways & formats. It's nice to have options when your experience of reading calls for various formats. It seems the library is one of many sources of access & disoverability that can complement one another.
Thank you for sharing...
~Anthony, Virtual Services

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