Friday, November 1, 2013

Filipino Friday (4): Going Digital

Hello!  Oh my, we are on our 4th Filipino Friday meme.  And soon, we'll meet at the 3rd Filipino Reader Conference...

Filipino Friday (4):  "Going Digital. Do you try other formats of books beside the print ones? What has been your experience with different book formats?"

Foremost, I always believe that there is nothing compared with the printed word.  Thumbing through pages adds pleasure to reading.  And the sight and smell of old books will always be something worth-treasuring.  I could spend hours just looking at my shelves, it's therapeutic. LOL

Like what I've mentioned during FF#1, I do like the convenience of reading ebooks.  I can always download and read anywhere, anytime, especially during travels, without much space or weight.  Audiobooks are no exception either; I enjoy them most when walking.  

I've come to love certain books because of a good audiobook narrator.  Few among them are Emily Gray who narrated Thursday Next Novels by Jasper Fforde; Andre Braugher who narrated Alex Cross Novels by James Patterson; Lenny Henry who marvelously narrated Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman; and Neil Gaiman himself who narrated some of his children's books.

I don't think it's disloyalty to enjoy other formats, as long as you give proper due where it belongs to.  I suggest that you look at your shelves, touch those book spines, smell them (if you must), then remember the first time you held your favorite book.  I don't think you'll ever forget.  We, readers, stay loyal to reading, and that is all that matters. 

Don't forget, the 3rd Filipino Reader Con: What Do Readers Want? is on November 9, 2013, at Rizal Library in ADMU.


  1. Lol! I don't think my printed books are jealous types. Else, they would have plotted a coup long ago and smothered me with themselves in my sleep. :)

    And looking at my library, is one of the things I love doing too. Not a very productive way to pass the time mind you, but like you said, it's therapy! :) Sometimes I re-arrange them just to keep things exciting. Hahaha. :D

    1. LOL! If rearranging our books can keep us from tearing our hair out from boredom or worries, then I would have to say that it's one productive activity. :)

  2. Wonderful post, Louize! I share your love for them audiobooks!

    1. Thank you, Peter.
      I was wondering if it's a good idea to have one of our group reading-assignment in audio instead. Just so everyone can experience it and have their reactions. :)

  3. Echoing your last paragraph and will say: for as long as a person is READING, does it matter which format? ;)