If your panelists only read spines, I have no use for you. The last time I bought a spine was January 2011. It still has the bookstore sale-tape on it, which means I have never opened it.
The same month that I bought my last spine, I got my Kindle. I have read more than a hundred books on it in — what? — 16 months. I bought 2 books and downloaded 2 samples this last weekend.
In future, please tell me up front — in the program listing — the format that your reviewers read. If they read eBooks, I shall listen. If they read only spines, I’ll pass.
Spines? Really? Do we need a silly term like this to distinguish between book formats now? How exactly would it affect the quality of the podcast if the panelists were holding Kindles or Nooks rather than paper books?
After some initial resistance, I read books in whichever format they’re presented to me. I tend to prefer paper books, simply because I like the feel of them, but thanks to the wonders of Netgalley and the fact that many publishers are cutting back on paper ARC’s, I read a good many review books in e-format now too. At a guess, probably about a third of my reviews are based on electronic ARC’s.
Both formats work fine. I’m happy either way. I really don’t see why I should specify in the review whether I read a book in paper or electronic format. Anyone disagree?