E-reader? Audiobook? The Best Format for 4 Summer Must-Reads

Illustration: Kagan McLeodIllustration: Kagan McLeodFrom old-fashioned ink and paper to the crystal clear screen of an iPad, here's the best way to enjoy 4 of our favorite titles.

Ink and Paper (a.k.a. the old-fashioned way)

Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Good Squad is a winner any way you can get it, but the tried-and-true book version (Anchor) doesn't distort the PowerPoint chapter the way some e-readers do.

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Illustration: Kagan McLeodIllustration: Kagan McLeodiPad or Nook

Everybody loves Keith Richards's edgy voice, which echoes through his Rolling Stones memoir, Life, but admit it: What we also want is a good look at the spectacular photo inserts. Any e-reader will reproduce them, but even the old black-and-white images look better on a color device.

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Illustration: Kagan McLeodIllustration: Kagan McLeodKindle

Unless you have a very big tote bag (and Michelle Obama arms), save your strength and read Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 on your Amazon device: 760 pages and $22 as a book, it costs $10 in digital form and increases your load not an ounce. Bonus: It's searchable.

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Illustration: Kagan McLeodIllustration: Kagan McLeodAudio Player

If reading the wickedly witty prose of the doyenne of the Algonquin Round Table is great, hearing it is even better. Download The Dorothy Parker Audio Collection to your iPod for nearly six hours of killer quips read by actors including Alfre Woodard and Shirley Booth.

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