Pretty much all ebook readers have the option to display your library of ebooks in list view or cover view, and I was wondering which view do most people prefer?
Some brands do things differently than others, and some offer more layout settings. With Kindles and Kobos you only have the two options. With PocketBooks there are two different sizes for list view.
I can’t remember what the default view is on Kindles now with the new interface (I think it’s list view), but I’m pretty sure the old interface defaulted to cover view. I got used to cover view on the Kindle Oasis, but now I never use cover view on Kindles, which Amazon actually calls “Grid” view.
List view shows covers too, but the images are smaller than cover view, and more information is shown in list view.
Kindles used to have a list view without showing covers at all, but they got rid of that option when they rolled out the new user interface, although it’s still an option on the Kindle Voyage and older models.
Kobos default to list view, and they show more information than Kindles, including the book’s format and there’s an estimate showing how long it will take to finish reading each opened book. For books borrowed from the library they also show how many days until it expires.
Most people probably just stick with whatever the default settings is, especially on Kindles where the filtering options are kind of confusing with the two separate menus.
Personally, I don’t like cover view because the covers are different sizes and it makes everything look clunky and uneven, and the covers can be hard to read, and Amazon’s generic covers for PDFs just look awful.
I like the new list view on Kindles with the small cover thumbnails and easily readable titles. Cover view would be better on a color screen; with everything in black and white it looks kind of ugly. There’s a lot of wasted space with list view, though, and the covers are even harder to see so I can understand why some people would prefer cover view instead.
So which do you like better, cover view or list view?