I had to lookup what the difference is between Trade paperback and Mass-Market.
I’ve read books my whole life voraciously. I am accustomed to the feel of the book, even the smell of a book. It brings me calm and peace. There is a sense of accomplishment in the turn of every page and the final closing of the book. It is a real experience for me.
All that being said I have purchased my first ebook: Game of Thrones. In fact there was a bundle deal and I bought all five as a test and a challenge to me. I’ve now read the first book completely electronically and I have to say it was a pleasant experience. Granted, I did lose the physical experience described above but I will trade that in certain situations like say, commuting. I saw a guy pull out the fifth book of Game of Thrones on the subway and I started laughing hysterically. The thing was like the reams of paper thick. Going electronic of GoT was definitely the right choice.
The only reason I don’t prefer audio is that I listen to so many podcasts. For me personally listening to a book is fine but my brain doesn’t totally engage. Reading books engages me, forces me to imagine while processing the words. When I listen my mind sometimes wanders and I feel like I don’t retain the story or appreciate it as much as when I read. That being said, on a long car ride give me a fluff audiobook anyday (I will not cite what I consider fluff for fear of offense).
The only format I definitely don’t prefer is hardcover. The added weight and strain on your hands just isn’t worth it. You pay to have it look impressive on your shelf. That’s about it.
My two cents.