I like books, eBooks, audiobooks…. Each in its own way. During the last many years of my business career I went on about eight trips a year. When travelling a Kindle holds hundreds of books and takes up no room. It’s easy to read, easy to use. Amazon’s greatest skill is making things Easy.
I got my Kindle so I could get into publishing my stories and a YA novel as eBooks. It hasn’t been lucrative but was a good experience that I do not regret.
One feature that I like is that you can download the beginning of nearly everything — 5% to sometimes 20% — and get a feel for a variety of books and authors before purchasing. One on business trip I downloaded the beginnings of every James Bond book as a way to see how they were similar and different.
Of course it’s also fun to discover how much is out there that is free… like the Complete Works of Mark Twain, and other writing from long ago whose copyrights went into public domain.
Kindles are easy to use while eating. I would lay it next to my bowl of cereal in the morning and flip pages while eating. Magazines are the same, but paperback books not so easy, though they do have contraptions to hold books open like a third hand.
As for audiobooks, yes, I “read” audiobooks, too, when commuting to work and home and running errands Have read hundreds. But I found myself made dizzy by Sony Walkmans years ago and don’t care much for that kind of thing.
Alas. Enjoyed your piece.