But what I'm surprised about is that people don't express the same distaste for audio books. Personally I don't find them appealing. There is no physical connection to the book when it goes audio. (Does it even still qualify as a book?) I don't like people talking at me (I never listen to morning radio), and the person reading does not move through the words at the same pace I do. Plus, the narrator stands between me and the story, putting his or her interpretation and "voice" into the reading. I have MY imagination to do that. Furthermore, I like to go back and reread passages, especially if I find them moving. The rewind button is a less than accurate way to do this. After a few dissatisfying experiences with audio books, I've found I don't like them.I have to be honest, I've never tried an audiobook. Not from a snobby standpoint, nor for the same reasons Kar suggests, but because I can't follow the narrative. If you read anything longer than a paragraph to me, I get lost if I can't see the words. Simple as that.
Then there's this discussion thread on Eclectic Librarian about the "uber-wired woman" (who prefers "analog" books to e-books). It's like I said in this post: you need to choose what works for you. Just seems that a whole lot of people think books work better than "that other format".