Audiobooks vs. Digital vs. Physical Books: the showdown

Dun, dun, duuuun!! *Speaks in an announcer voice* Good humans of the world! Welcome back to the showdown, where we attempt to figure out which bookish thing is the best! Please take your seat, popcorn and drinks will be arriving soon. If this showdown becomes bloody please cover young children’s eyes!

Alright, now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s get on with this post!

This is a widely debated topic, and I think it’s even more relevant in COVID times, as for most of us our only choice is digital or audiobooks. Now. This is my opinion, and I know a ton of people who think differently, and that’s awesome!


I downloaded libby (not sure if it’s just a North American thing) at the beginning of lockdown last year, and I’m actually really glad I did. Although I do find it a lot harder to read online (after awhile I get a headache, am I the only one?!) it was my only choice because our libraries were closed. I generally have to have it on dark mode to be able to read for a long time, it actually ended up growing on me. Another great thing about them is you can find tons of options without having to spend hours looking! If I could have a choice, I wouldn’t choose digital books, but it was interesting to give them a try.


I’ve always loved audiobooks! Since I was a pretty little kid they were awesome to listen to while cleaning my room, doing the dishes, and drawing amongst many other things. Although I don’t think I would ever listen to an audiobook exclusively just to listen to it, it’s a great background noise while your trying to get things done. Sometimes you get really amazing audiobook performances, like Children Of Blood And Bone, narrated by Bahni Turpin, but other times it really doesn’t live up to the expectation. My only other complaint is that it can take a veeeeery long time to finish them!


These are, for me at least, the easiest to read and the ones that take the quickest to get through. There’s just something about flipping a page that you can’t get with the last two options. They also make the best gifts out’ve the three. Physical books are, though, harder to take around than say a phone or a kindle.

So! What I’m currently thinking is the order from best to worst:

  1. Physical books! I mean, this isn’t a huge surprise as I do love paper copies.
  2. Audiobooks! Second place, not bad, not bad.
  3. Digital books! Sorry to all digital book lovers.

*Also I’m extremely sorry I couldn’t actually give you popcorn and drinks*

Do you agree with me? What’s the best performance of an audiobook that you’ve ever listened to? Do you get a headache when reading digital books?


  1. I love this post! It’s kinda rare to find someone in the bookish community that will actually give an honest opinion on this topic without being on an extreme end (aka: ‘only print copies count as books’ and ‘all three formats are equally perfect’).

    I used to feel just like you that print copies were the best. But then I moved to a country where getting print books is quite hard. I had to change to e-reading and didn’t like it for a long time (about six months-ish?) Fast forward 6 years and I’m actually more comfortable reading on my Kindle xD

    Still, I feel like having a print copy of a book somehow makes you appreciate it more.

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    1. Thanks so much!! ❤️ You just made my morning.

      Lol that’s awesome!! Give me a couple years and I agree, I think I’ll really enjoy book copies. It’s kind of a learning curve, y’know? But totally, print copies do make you appreciate it more!

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