Thursday, October 07, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Travel

This week BTT asks: "When you travel, how many books do you bring with you? Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?"

Interesting questions. And timely ones, for me anyway, as I'm going to be doing some traveling in the near future.

I always take at least one or two books with me when I travel, even if it's just an overnight trip. Heaven forbid I should find myself with an extra ten minutes to kill without something to read! I generally take my current read (unless it's a library book – don't like to take those on trips) and a spare. Of course, the actual number of books I take along depends on the length of the trip – and also the means of travel (airplanes mean not so many books – one more good reason not to fly). And I also take fewer books along if I'm traveling to a place where I know there's a good bookstore or two.

So far, ebooks haven't really affected my reading to any great extent, either at home or while traveling. I don't own a Kindle or a Nook. And while I've downloaded a few texts onto my iPad, I haven't done much actual e-reading yet. I think that might change soon, though – I can definitely see the advantage of e-readers on long trips. Not taking along so many books means there's room in the suitcase to bring more books home with me!


  1. I always think I should bring more books if I'm flying. I figure there are always so many delays and stops. Like you, I don't want to be 10 minutes without something to read.

  2. Our answers are pretty similar...although I don't see myself starting the whole e-reading thing any time soon. Travel would be the only reason, and I don't do enough of it to make me want to invest in an e-reader.

  3. "Not taking along so many books means there's room in the suitcase to bring more books home with me!" So true Joy! I have to mail some books back home to myself in order to bring some other items I bought while on vacation. I still have 10 days to go and only 1 book left.. Horrors!

  4. Isn't it funny..being book addicts..that we have to bring so many books just in case we finish go thru withdrawals because there may NOT be a solitary store to buy another book, which I think would only happen if we travel on safari or to the Rain forests.

  5. I try and take a book for every 4 days or so i'm away :)

  6. I can see the advantage of eReaders on long trips, but I don't take mine - I still pack up way too many books.

  7. I reduce a stack of about 10 books to 2 trade paperbacks and Kindle when I fly to Asia.


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