An interesting Weekly Geeks topic, or series of questions rather.
Did you have a hard and fast mindset in regards to your reading a year ago? (paperback, ebooks etc)
I wouldn't say I was completely devoted to hard copies a year ago. I'd listened to plenty of audiobooks and had read book-length fiction on the computer. I didn't have an ereader and didn't have a particular wish for one.
Are you still true to that format?
Sorta? In this past year i've read a few ebooks, B and I have worked on reading A Connecticut Yankee out loud to each other (though we haven't finished it, we are slow) and I have listened to way more audiobooks. I still have no desire for a personal ereader though. I have enough books actually sitting on the shelves to read and, other than the free classics, it is cheaper to buy used books at McKay's.
If you have tried another format (ebook, audio) – Share your experience?
The main reason my audiobook intake has shot up is that i changed jobs in November. Previously, i lived 10 minutes from work so only listened to audiobooks on long trips. Now, i have a 30 minute commute each way, which means on the books on CD i get from the library i get through almost a CD a day.
I've read a couple books on my phone, a Samsung Vibrant. it is a bit small so i am constantly turning the pages. one advantage is that it lets you change the colors so I set the background black and then the text a light gray which I like. It is also backlit so you can read in the dark
Lastly, I've read a book on Kindle. The best thing, i think, is that you can read big fat books one handed! I have a tendency to eat on the couch while reading and it works great. It is light and after a couple chapters i didn't really "notice" the device, something i can't say about reading on my phone.
What was it that made you tried something out of your comfort zone?
Well, B got a Kindle for Christmas from his family and last summer I got a better phone and loaded the Android Kindle application to it. The first whole book I read on the Kindle was A Game of Thrones that I had to reread on there because the paperback got absolutely soaked. I read a few books on my phone because I know the author.
Give a brief over view of where you are at with your reading now.
Well, i am listening to The Truelove by Patrick O'Brian and Anathem by Neal Stephenson at work (shh, don't tell! I play a book instead of music in the afternoon hours that seem to drag, 1-4). I'm almost done with my paperback reread of A Clash of Kings after which i have to start the paperback of A Storm of Swords then A Feast for Crows. If i read 96 pages a day i finish on July 11! After that, B and I will both be reading A Dance With Dragons, he on his Kindle and i on the hardback cause i am so not waiting for a library copy or even B to finish!
does all that make any sense? I hope so!