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Have eBooks Changed Your Buying Habits?

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Jaclyn emailed the DA reviewer group the other day with the following question:

I got into an argument on Twitter with another publisher about buying ebooks and now I want to know what other readers do…

With print books most of us have towering TBRs. Books we’ve bought and never read. Is the same true with ebooks? Do you buy more ebooks than you read?

I don’t. I just add stuff to a wishlist–an unpurchased TBR–and I buy when I’m ready to read. I have maybe three unread ebooks I’ve purchased (out of hundreds) versus I have hundreds of unread print books I’ve purchased over the years.

What about you? Are you like me? Buy ebooks when you’re ready to read them? Or do you buy ’em when you hear about them and forget that you bought them?

This doesn’t include ARCs or freebies. Stuff you purchase only.

I thought the responses were interesting that we could share them with the DA Readership and then ask you readers how you feel about it.  In chronological order of response:

Jane: I purchase many books “on sale” that I haven’t read yet.

Jia: Yeah, same. I have lots of ebooks I haven’t read yet.

Shuzluva: I purchase when I’m ready to read. Otherwise I have a running wish list.

Lazaraspaste: I be broke. But even before I was more prone to wishlist then purchase.

Dr. Sarah: I tend to buy, skim, and then reread if I like it. But I count it as “unread” if I just skim it, so I *feel* like I have a bunch of unread ebooks. But honestly, I get most of mine now as ARCs/review freebies, so many more unread because of it.

Janet aka Robin: I buy more than I read at the moment. Sometimes it’s because I’m afraid I’ll forget, but mostly it’s because I like having a constant selection of books I haven’t read, so I can scan through them to see what I’m in the mood for at any given time.

Jia: This is mostly my thought process too. I like scanning through my collection to find something that suits my mood. If something doesn’t… I go buy something else. That’s how the ebooks pile up. So to speak.

Robin: OMG, that’s exactly it! I will scan through my books, and so often I think, meh, I want something else, and voila, I have a new book I’m reading and all the unread ebooks. Although I’ve also gotten some great hits off the books I’ve DLd and then not read for possibly months. It all depends. But since I tend to be a hoarder when it comes to books, I think this will always be my pattern.

Sunita: I have plenty of unread ebooks. More or less than print, I don’t know. I’ve frequently bought print books in bunches when I’ve been browsing in bookstores; some I read right away, some go into the home library and get read later or not yet (I won’t say not at all because I’m not dead yet and that’s the real cutoff).

I buy them from recommendations, on sale, whatever. I wishlist books but not as often as I should.

And like Jia and Robin, I’ve gone back to read something I bought months or even a year or two ago and loved it and wondered why it took me so long. Or started over on a book I wasn’t in the mood for the first time and had a great read.

So for me at least, the platform hasn’t changed my buying/reading/shelving habits that much. Sales on ebooks function like UBS purchases did in the past; I have a lower threshold for the purchase, and I buy more.

Ebooks just mean I have less plastic bins under beds and in the garage. :-)

Lazaraspaste: I will also add that for awhile I was running a Rescue for Lost and Given Away Romance Novels, which I would accrue in bulk at library book sales and USB’s. I had to stop myself from doing this because I was acquiring teetering piles of paperbacks.

For whatever reason, I just don’t seem to be doing the same thing with ebooks. I generally read the ones I buy right away. Even sales of ebooks are more expensive than USB’s or library books sales.

I am finding that I am definitely one for whom the materiality of the book does matter, even though I love the instant gratification of the ebook. Ebooks and even mp3’s feel a little bit too ephemeral to me. I like things I can touch and own. So that’s definitely changed the way I buy when I buy ebooks.

John: While I haven’t broken out the debit card yet to start purchasing in e – YA is mainly print, so e hasn’t been something I’ve gotten used to yet – I have downloaded quite a number of freebies because of the UBS mentality Sunita was talking about. I’m much the same way. I’ll buy a few books in the store – either one or two full priced ones or a few clearance ones – and in the UBS and at yardsales/flea markets the numbers go through the roof.

I’m just a book hoarder. I like having a choice every morning when I get to pick a new book. It makes finding one you’re in the mood for so much easier. Though, I know of people who have ereaders and buy as they need them – and the ereaders have increased their book purchasing because the bookstore is right there. I’d say that more casual readers have the as-I-need-it mentality, and that would make e-book buying increase in general.

Jayne: Count me in among the hoarders too. If it’s on sale, I’ll get it now. Or if I think I’ll forget about it and the store doesn’t have a wishlist.

Jia: Another reason why I get the books on sale right away is because sometimes those “sale” books are really just inputting mistakes by Amazon. That’s who I got a bunch of Agency ebooks last year for free because whoever was entering those books into the system was somehow inputting them as free. But those are gone within a day or so once Amazon realizes the mistake.

Jennie F: I don’t tend to buy ebooks as impulsively as I do print books. The ebooks I have tbr are mostly freebies – like some others here, if I buy an ebook it’s usually with the intention of starting it right away. I think it might have to do with what someone else said about tangible v. non-tangible possessions (though heaven knows it should be the other way around – I had to move a bunch of books around this weekend to make room on my shelf for my betta fish, whom I brought home from work in preparation for being out for a week plus).

So where do you fall?

Now that you are reading ebooks, are you buying less or more?

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kaetrin
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 04:10:41

    I tend to buy ebooks in batches – I’ll wishlist a few and then read a review of something I think I will like and then go and buy it as well as a couple from my wishlist. I especially do this at Books on Board where orders below $5 incur a 25c surcharge – yeah, it’s only 25c but I figure, I’m going to get this book one day anyway, I’ll just get it now and not pay the surcharge.

    Since I started reading ebooks, I definitely buy more books in general – both e and paper but ebooks are instant grafitifcation and compared to book prices in Australia, even with agency pricing, they are cheaper than going to a bookstore here. I do order from the Book Depository where the paper books are much cheaper than here, but if I want it now, I’ll go e. Plus, I buy a lot of m/m romance which is mostly e anyway – usually when Sarah puts up a positive review, that’s a trigger for a buying spree for me! :)

  2. Mikaela
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 04:27:38

    I buy more books, mainly because the prices is cheaper than the paper books I can buy in my local bookstore.
    Another reason is that I tend to get the Agency e-books from Kobo. And Kobo don’t have cart, or a wishlist. So if I see a book I like I tend to buy it.
    I am considering to switch to BooksonBoard, since they have a cart. And a wishlist.

  3. Sami Lee
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 04:27:58

    I definitely buy more e books than I ever did paper books, maybe in part because there are so many shorter stories available in e and I get through them faster. They’re cheaper too, which is a factor. I do wish list, but I also will buy a book on sale, so I probably have close to the same amount of unread e books as paperbacks. I simply buy more books than I ever have the time to read, sigh.

    I do find I have more half-read e books than paper books. If I start a paper book, unless it’s truly abominal I’ll read to the end, it’s like a personal challenge or something. With e I seem more lax about finishing one that is just so-so. Maybe because it’s not sitting on my bedside table taunting me with the bookmark poking out of page 120?

  4. Ann G
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 05:36:42

    I have a ton of print books. I think that’s why I received a Kindle for Christmas…so I would stop (or limit) the purchase of print books. I buy many e-books on sale, and they wait in my Kindle.

    I still wish that e-books would be at least a few dollars less than print books (the new Christina Dodd book, for instance). I know there are many free and cheap e-books, but many of the NEW books are the same list price of the print books. It’s hard to resist buying some print books when they are discounted (at stores like Costco or Target). They should have sales of new e-books periodically (especially since we can’t resell e-books).

  5. Lil
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 06:09:12

    The only books on my Kindle are either freebies or $.99. For practically everything, I either buy the real thing or head for the public library.

    I just don’t enjoy reading on the Kindle.

  6. ShellBell
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 06:31:29

    I definitely buy more. Before the imposition of geographical restrictions I was probably spending double what I would normally spend on print books. Since the imposition of geographical restrictions I am spending less but buying mainly DRM free eBooks and have found some really good new-to-me authors. With print books I would have had a TBR pile of around 10 books. Now I have TBR list with over 300 eBooks on it! I’m buying a lot right now because the exchange rate is so good, and if that changes and I need to reduce my spending then I don’t have to worry about having nothing to read.

  7. Angie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:09:37

    Every now and then an e-book comes out by a favorite author or a continuation of a series I love and I’ll grab it right away. Usually though I’ll add it to my to-buy shelf on Goodreads and buy a big batch when there’s a sale. I like having a choice too, so I can usually find something that suits my mood at any give time. And I’ve never read all my previous e-books at the time I go to buy more; it seems almost sacreligious, to Run Out Of Books, whether paper or electronic, LOL!

    It was funny reading first chunk of this post — it never occurred to me that some people might actually wait to buy each e-book until they were ready to read it. O_O


  8. Tina
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:11:25

    I definitely buy more ebooks than I did paper. And that is saying something because I had to outsource my book storage to the family’s barn.

    For one thing acquiring e-books is much easier. If I am on a blog or GR and hear about a book, I can read reviews, click over to Amazon/ARE, read a sample an decide if I like it I just might buy it. Click. Done.

    The other thing is pricing. I grab up a lot of bargain books that look good on the off-chance I’ll kick myself if the price goes up. I got a lot of books during Amazon’s Sunshine Deals sale earlier this year. So if a book is 2.99 or less and it feels like something I’d read, then I’ll tend to get it.

    And finally there is availability. ‘Out-of-print’ no longer has the ring of finality it used to. It no longer necessarily means scouring used book stores for that super hard to find book and hope you get lucky. Now that so many authors are making their back-list and some OOP books available and many at a reasonable price as well, I can finally read that gem I’ve heard so much about but never have been able to read before or complete the set of a certain author’s book.

  9. Nadia Lee
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:25:05

    I buy more. But I avoid agency-priced e-books as much as possible because I find them too expensive, unless they’re on sale.

  10. Carolyn
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:26:08

    I definitely buy more. I give thanks for ebooks, because the attic is full and I can’t get up there anymore. I’ve even bought books I already have in paper, like LoS at .99.

    I don’t utilize the wishlist as I should, keep forgetting it’s there, frankly. For books, if I have the funds, I prefer instant gratification.

  11. Liz Talley
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:26:46

    Like Ann G. I think I received my Kindle as a gift from husband because he was tired of how many books I had all over the place. We moved and all I heard was griping over how heavy the damn books were and why did I need this many. So, viola! Kindle for Christmas.

    But I’m probably odd man out because I don’t have that many books on my kindle. Mainly novellas and ebooks of friends that I purchase not so much because it’s my reading pref, but because I like to buy my friends’ books. I’ve purchased a few books I don’t necessarily care to own in hardback. I probably have around 30 books on my kindle.

    I like to buy books. Like to go in bookstores and browse. Get a coffee. Touch the books. Flip through them. Inevitably, buy one or two that beg me to take them home. I like having both capabilities – kindle and print. Currently, I’m reading a Superromance I picked up when we went out to our fishing camp and a book on my Kindle. So it’s win-win for ebooks and print books from this reader.

    I will say that I like I can get backlisted books in eformat and I do like being able to get a novella inexpensively (rather than buying an entire collection)

  12. Sarah
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:38:36

    I buy fewer books either ebooks or print now, but I do get LOTS of freebees, sale books, e-arcs, and library books. So I do have a large TBR ebook stash. I never really managed to accumulate a physical TBR stash because if I bought a book I tried to read it right away and if it didn’t work for me I might give it another shot, but then I’d just get rid of it. Now with e-books I can wait longer to try books.

  13. Marianne McA
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:57:18

    I’m buying fewer books of any kind because money is tight. I don’t like TBR piles so I never have had significant numbers of books I haven’t read. I hoard those I’ve read and liked.

    So far, though I’m a huge rereader, I haven’t really reread on the Kindle. It doesn’t seem to lend itself to that.
    Which would, in theory, mean I should eventually buy more ebooks, because if I don’t fill up on rereads I should have more reading time for new books.
    In practice, I’m defaulting back to paper books for anything I might want to reread.

  14. Metal Queen
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:08:13

    I finally have an e-reader. So far I haven’t purchasd any books, but when I do buy paperback, it’s usually on sale.

  15. Statch
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:09:24

    I’m a hoarder, and I have a lot more unread ebooks (hundreds) than print books (dozens). I tend mostly to buy my ebooks but I watch for sales so I rarely pay more than a few dollars. After the imposition of Agency pricing, I stopped buying those books, and switched to mostly Harlequins, which I buy at Fictionwise when they have coupons for more than 35% off, and more indie-published books.

  16. Treasure
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:16:29

    The kindle just makes it so convenient. One click and I’m on my way. If there is a free book I think I may be interested in I down load it and maybe I read or maybe I don’t. If it’s 5.00 or less I’ll still probably download and at least attempt to read. I’ve found some new genre’s and some new authors I love that way, that if I was purchasing a paper book,I’d never have explored because “how much” ends the internal debate very quickly.

    Plus I have boxes of books I have to store in the basement because I have a teething puppy, so ebooks are way more practical right now

  17. Ros
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:19:41

    I buy more. It’s not so much that I have a big TBR pile (either for ebooks or print books) but more that it’s so easy to impulse buy ebooks. Whereas in the past, if I wanted something to read last thing at night, I’d pick up an old book and re-read, now I’m more likely to browse the kindle store and with one click I’ve got a new book to read. For those of us with no self-discipline, ebooks are very dangerous!

  18. BJ
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:24:37

    I spend the same amount of money, but I get more ebooks for the cash than I did when I bought only “real” books. I’m also more adventurous and willing to try new authors…which is the biggest difference ebooks have made to my reading habits. I’m revelling in the world of stories beyond the Top 20. :)

  19. LG
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:34:49

    Sales are so rare and short with e-books that, when there are sales, I tend to go wild with the shopping. I’ve still got books I purchased when AllRomance had the “everything gives you 50% e-book bucks” sale that I haven’t read. I have books I purchased from Samhain that I haven’t read yet, but that had just come out, were discounted, and were by authors I already knew I liked. Since I don’t have to worry about hitting a certain amount in order to get free shipping, I also don’t have to worry about timing my shopping, so I can get stuff as I encounter sales.

    The main difference between my e-book and print book shopping is that, with print books, I encounter sale prices more often, so I don’t go quite as wild with the shopping, but I do a more steady amount of shopping throughout the year. Maybe I’m putting together an order online and notice that some books I wanted are spectacularly discounted for some reason. Maybe I’m in a store and notice some good stuff in the bargain bin section or on sale for some other reason.

    Basically, I have two huge TBR piles. It’s just that one doesn’t actually take up any physical space. And that’s not even counting all the free e-books I’ve downloaded that I also want to read. I’ve set up a Shelf on my Nook that just has all the books I’ve actually spent money on, and that alone is several screens long.

  20. Rosie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:36:43

    I have more than 70 unread ebooks on my Kindle. So I’m definitely in the Buy Now, Read Later camp rather than the Buy Now, Read Now. I’ll buy an ebook that I know I want to read, even if I know I won’t read it right away (because I’m in the middle of something else or I’m just not in the mood for that particular genre at the moment). I guess I’m afraid I’ll forget about it later or I want to catch it at a good price. (Ebooks have a nasty habit of jumping in price without warning sometimes.)
    At the moment, I’m glad I have so many books already bought because I’ve put myself on a strict budget. So no book buying for me for a while, but I still have plenty to read. :)

  21. helen
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:39:18

    I have about 1000 ebooks, I’ve read about half of them so far. My e-tbr pile is so large it isn’t funny but I love it. Anytime I see a book I think I might like I buy it, if I read an author I love I buy all their books.

  22. LuciaQ
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:46:13

    I buy fewer, because I can’t buy used and I have the same limited budget I’ve always had. I look for free or sale e-books, or even original fiction that I can read for free online instead.

  23. Lynne Connolly
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:49:17

    I hoard. Or I’ll buy a series as it comes out and wait for the last one until I start reading it, but I’ve always done that. I know I don’t need to do it any more, because the books are on the virtual shelves waiting for me, but old habits sometimes die hard.
    One reason I reviewed all the Bad Blood series earlier this year was that Amazon was selling them as a set, and I wanted something to read on the long plane journey to and from RT. Then I started reading them, thought, “hey, there’s some interesting stuff here” and reviewed the lot. Never done that before.
    One thing, all the space on my physical bookshelves means I finally have room for the roomboxes in the shed!

  24. LG
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:52:26

    Oh, and I also wanted to mention that I’ve discovered there are pluses to the e-TBR pile. I’ll be going on vacation in a month and a half (cue happy music), and I already know it’s going to be loaded with books I haven’t yet read, so I don’t need to try to stock it up before then. No frantic searching for free books I’m maybe sorta willing to read, no spending money on e-books that would be better saved for vacation activities (and travel expenses, blah).

  25. Lisa J
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:53:42

    I definitely fall in the more e-books. One reason is because there is no tower of TBR books everywhere in the house, so no one knows how many I am buying. My buying habits have changed from agency books to small e-pub works and they are usually shorter books. I buy at least 4 – 5 books a week for my reader and while I read at least that many each week when there are sales (like the 50% off at ARe) I tend to go hog wild.

  26. Melodie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:55:36

    Some from column A, some from column B. I love the ability to wishlist books. A cooling off period after reading a great review is a lifesaver, particularly in the case of long series. The reason I no longer deal with Books on Board is the fact that they erased my wishlist on three occasions. On the other hand my TBR pile is 10 times bigger than it ever was because I’m a freebie horder.

  27. Keishon
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:57:07

    I have a lot of unread ebooks and bought more than I read but *now* I’m adding them to the wishlist – unless it’s on sale or the ebook isn’t available where there’s a wishlist so I won’t forget.

    Right now, I’m just utterly dissatisfied with the agency priced ebooks that are full of #fail, so no more impulsive shopping for me – just straight to the wishlist for later.

  28. joanne
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 08:59:46

    I’ve never been one to keep a huge TBR pile. What I do have is a huge list of TBR samples on my Kindle. I’ve found that I’m not so apt to do an impulse buy if I wait and read the sample after the glow of a review wears off so I may be saving some money.

    Unless I’ve found a new-to-me author and buy their entire backlist I generally buy and read within a week. This is particularly troublesome with the stupid traditional release dates that the older publishers have.

    September 6th my Visa card will be worn thin and I’ll have to decide which of my favorite authors will be first. For the rest of August I have nothin’.
    /end rant

    What I dislike is that, by their very nature, all ebooks are keepers. Not. But there they are unless I take them off my devices and that just seems like money down the drain. It still doesn’t seem right that I don’t own my paid for ebooks. (sorry, off topic, again).

    To the point: my book buying habits haven’t changed very much.

  29. Shiloh Walker
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:09:04

    The only thing I can say about my ebook buying habits… it’s a good thing my tablet has serious storage capacity.

  30. dick
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:14:13

    I’ve bought one e-book to read from the computer. An e-book isn’t a “real” book, in my estimation. Of real books, I buy what appeals, but keep only those the UBS won’t take. Even so, I have 33 boxes of books of mystery, suspense, horror, and romance in all sub-genres in the attic. I should cart them to a library sale or something, but I either don’t think of doing so at the right time or procrastinate at the effort required.

  31. Lynnd
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:14:16

    Before my e-reader, I only had a couple of books on my TBR pile. Now I have dozens. If I see books that interest me on sale (coupon or otherwise) or reasonably priced, I will buy them automatically. I tend to hesitate more with agency priced books and often decide against buying unless it is something by a favourite author. I was buying a lot more before agency pricing came into effect (it is far easier for me to justify spending $4.00 – $6.50 for an ebook over $8.99 and up). I definitely am not buying new authors at agency prices – been burned too many times.

  32. Chris
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:14:55

    I definitely buy more… much, much more. I used to be a heavy duty library user and haunted used book stores. Now that I read entirely m/m, I pretty much have to buy… and I buy with a vengeance.

  33. Amy Kathryn
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:26:36

    Once a hoarder, always a hoarder. I thought that I would decrease my print buying when I got the Kindle but instead I just added the ebook acquisitions to the total. I’m with the others who want to know that I will have something to read no matter what mood I am in…God forbid I have nothing to read!

    I think some of the reason that ebooks have not replaced print for me is that a lot of the ebooks I have downloaded are so different from what is available in print. I am loving the OOP and newly available backlist books, the classics and other out of copyright material, and interesting stories available from the digital first publishers.

    I also admit to owning some of my favorites in both print and ebook. What if I need to read it when I am not home or on a trip?!? Speaking of trips, I have a 14 day trip coming up and have loaded the kindle with 300 books. Too much? Having to fit these in a suitcase would have given me some self-control!

  34. Las
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:34:09

    After the first several months of gleeful impulse purchases when I started e-reading I’ve calmed down to pre-digital levels. I was never one to have much of a TBR pile, though. At most I’d buy maybe 3-4 books at a time and not buy anything new until I was done with those. I’m too lazy and not as frugal as I should be, so I rarely seek out sales. And since the unread ebooks I have are from 18 months ago when purchased on sale, I’m not as eager as I used to be at sight of cheap ebooks.

  35. Frida Fantastic
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:48:04

    The publishing industry is seeing more money from me ever since I started got an e-reader and started reading e-books. Before e-books, I either borrowed books from the library or purchased books for next to nothing from second hand bookshops, and bought mostly backlist titles from Amazon. Now with e-books, I’m more active in looking at new releases. Regarding hoarding or not hoarding books, I used to be a hoarder (with print books), but I fixed that a few years ago (as I had to let go of many unread print book… all money down the drain), and I continue to only purchase books when I’m about to read them immediately.

  36. DS
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:58:33

    I probably buy about the same number but the mix is different. And this has changed since the first fine careless Kindle rapture. Once agency pricing hit I refused to buy any ebook that costs the same or more than a print book.

    I will buy an ebook that looks interesting and is temporarily on sale even if I don’t plan to read it right away. I’ll occasionally buy a $.99 ebook without reading a sample because– hey, it’s $.99. I usually get around to reading them and have only been burned a couple of times. Surprisingly the worst ones (except for one sf novel that was just crying for someone to sit down and explain to the author that it was a good idea but didn’t work as written) had been previously published by name publishers. I’ve found some good indie books but usually in the historical or mystery genres. Don’t know why indie romances have been so disappointing.

    I still go wild at booksales, but USB’s have gotten expensive since most of the retail book sites have closed. It’s just as cheap if I want a bargain (and it’s not available in e) to see if I can get a copy at a low price online– even with shipping!

  37. Klio
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:10:37

    My virtual TBR pile is stacked high with ebook sample chapters. If I see something interesting, I don’t even have to think about writing it down, buying it, or looking for it later–just send that sample from Amazon to the iPad. And 99-cent sales on books recommended by review sites are my downfall. I’m a little more picky with books from smaller, independent presses, since I like to buy directly from them rather than through Amazon, so my buying rate for those is about the same as before. But I LOVE knowing I have a big variety of books to choose from on the commute and, if I get engrossed, I can make that impulse buy wherever I am as long as I have an Internet connection. Thank goodness this hoarding doesn’t take up physical space. There is nowhere to put more books around here–for something like a graphic novel (I prefer them in print) or a YA, I sit

  38. Sirius
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:12:57

    Yep, I buy much more and yes, I have a very long TBR list. Yes, I look through it and choose the one I am in the mood for.

  39. Klio
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:16:09

    @Klio: dagnabbit, clumsy fingers. Can someone delete my abbreviated post above this?

    Ahem, I was saying. My virtual TBR pile is stacked high with ebook sample chapters. If I see something interesting, I don’t even have to think about writing it down, having money to spend, or looking for it later–just send that sample from Amazon to the iPad. And 99-cent sales on ebooks recommended by review sites are my downfall. I’m a little more picky with books from smaller, independent presses, since I like to buy directly from them rather than through Amazon, so my buying rate for those is about the same as before.

    But I LOVE knowing I have a big variety of books to choose from on the commute and that, if I get engrossed in a story, I can make that impulse buy wherever I am as long as I have an Internet connection. I’m reading way more in general.

    Thank goodness this hoarding doesn’t take up physical space. There is nowhere to put more books around here–for something like a graphic novel (I prefer them in print) or a YA (support the local kids book store) I tend to get physical copies, so…well, you know how it goes. I can’t see the TV past the TBR stack on the coffee table. Maybe that’s a good thing :)

  40. Rebecca LB
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:20:34

    I’m a book hoarder, and this is one of the dangers I’ve found with e-books and the kindle–the ability to have a book that looks good instantly available! For the most part (my meager savings) I try to wishlist most books that I know I want to read by sending “samples” to my kindle, to remind me to read later. BUT sometimes I’ll really be in the mood for an Amanda Quick book (recent random mood) or something that’s not on the kindle, so I’ll buy one.

    Definitely a book hoarder at heart. The e-book reader at least makes it slightly less bulky.

  41. Hannah
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:21:35

    I buy a lot of ebooks due to sales, freebies, and just plain impulse. Who can resist a 99 cent book–it’s practically free! I’ve been trying to cut back. My Kindle archive is above 1,000 at this point (most of the books were freebies). Since I started a book blog, I’ve been getting a lot of e-arcs and paper ARCs, and I’m trying to give those first priority. In addition I usually have about 40+ books checked out from the library (not including library ebooks).

    I don’t hoard paper books in the same way. Though my bookshelves are overflowing I doubt I have more than 300 books in the house at one time. I make frequent visits to Half Price Books. For trading in a stack of paperbacks, I get store credit that I use for my 5 y.o. to pick out a book, which is lots of fun for him!

  42. Klio
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:24:33

    Oh, and I should add (as long as I’m blathering on), the ease of collecting all the sample chapters in the Kindle app from Amazon is what I meant–most of the small presses do provide sample chapters on their websites, but I can’t just collect a batch for later reading then click through from the last page to impulse-buy. I think, anyway.

    Printed sample chapters always sat around unread and collecting dust until I recycled them. It’s the easy of getting the rest of an ebook that works so well now for me. Bye bye, paycheck.

  43. Jane A
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:27:39

    I now have a TBR pile on my ereader that rivals my paper collection.

    But the biggest change for me with ebooks is that I am actually buying books. Prior to my ereader I pretty exclusively used PBS. My book budget has soared.

  44. Laura P
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:34:14

    I started out with mostly freebies. My TBR list has grown rapidly now that I have read a lot of new authors from my freebie ebooks and gotten lots of recommendations from other readers. I try to wishlist these books rather than buy stockpiles of books TBR.
    However, I will take advantage of ebook sales and buy several at a time to be read later and I’ll also buy some books that look interesting in the 99 cent to $1.99 price range to be read whenever I get to them.
    As for more expensive books, I usually wait until I’m ready to read them before buying. With library lending available through overdrive on my android phone, I borrow what I can from my TBR list to save money. And now with Kindle adding the library lending service later this year, I will probably borrow more and buy less.

  45. Man of la Book
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:39:33

    No, they haven’t changed my buying habits but I do buy more.

    For example, if I was in a book store I wouldn’t think twice about making an impulse purchase of $3 or less.

    It’s the same now but I just buy more.

  46. Sophia (FV)
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:42:22

    I definitely buy more books now that I read ebooks. I can buy one at a time without shipping costs so I tend to impulse buy when I see books on sale etc. Plus I like the instant gratification. When buying print books I tend to wait until I have enough in my cart to get free shipping. I am more likely to remove books from my cart if they sit there for a while and I have time to reconsider.

  47. Angelia Sparrow
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:42:50

    I tend not to purchase ebooks, unless they come highly recommended. I acquire them on freebie giveaways, like ARE and Harlequin, and end up with stacks of them, just like the stacks of paper books.

    OTOH, I have started limiting my paper buying to books under $5 or whose authors I know personally. This cuts it back, but–given how many authors I know–doesn’t actually stop me. ($2 crochet book Friday!)

  48. Dr. Zoidberg
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:46:20

    Just to throw this out there…I have a Kindle, and love downloading samples, but my buying habits haven’t changed that much, as I’m lucky enough to work at a university library with two excellent interlibrary loan programs. I get the majority of my reading through ILL and Prospector, and only occasionally buy ebooks or print.

  49. Evangeline Holland
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:47:24

    More, more, moar…I have so many e-books these days, ranging from Harlequin category romances (so many of those), public domain novels, freebies, e-published books, the few Agency-priced books I do buy, and self-published titles. The internet makes book browsing easy: scan through covers, click on those I find interesting, read the blurb and excerpt, and press “shopping cart” for those I want to purchase.

    No more walking and forth through aisles, head canted to the side to scan all of the books placed spine-out, and I can filter my results based on publication date, publisher/imprint, and genre. Plus, book reviews are right at my fingertips what with the Sony store and BooksonBoard streaming Goodreads reviews on their site. I would consider my habit out of control if it weren’t for the fact that I’m finally getting a taste of what it’s like to own a staggering TBR pile–always envious of my fellow readers who traded stories about their gigantic book collections, lol.

  50. romwriter
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:57:52

    I actually buy less books than I used to because of all the freebies. I have a lot of them on my Kindle and most I’ll probably never read because I download outside my normal reading preferences, if it’s free.

    I never buy agency priced ebooks. Even the little pubs have their books listed at ridiculous prices. $2.99 is the cap for me.

  51. Darlynne
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 11:10:29

    Because of agency pricing on digital books and the fact that Borders is no longer around to regularly offer 30-40% discount coupons, I buy less than I used to for my Nook.

    OTOH, I get a free book from B&N every Friday and there are plenty of other reasonably-priced titles to keep my ereader fed and happy.

    So if the library doesn’t have the book I want, I put a digital sample in my wish list and (a) wait until my ire over the Big 6 publishers is subsumed by my need for the book or (b) one of the authors on my dwindling list of auto-buys publishes something new. Louise Penny, August 30th is not coming fast enough.

  52. mbot565
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 11:28:30

    Before e-book version was available, I bought books online, but still have to wait for the shipping & once I read them have to figure out their storage. Since e-book version has been available to the mass, I definitely buy and read more of them because they’re convenient. I’m one of those readers who buy a book solely for the story, so it doesn’t matter how & in what form it reach me. The fact that I can now have hundreds of books stored in one compact device is a godsend. I find myself buying & reading a whole lot more books now that storage restriction has been lifted.

  53. Thalia
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:01:51

    I hoarded ebooks like crazy when I first started transitioning to them from paper. This was a few years back when Fictionwise was going strong and had their rebate program. With all the pricing changes I started wishlist-ing ebooks and then buying when I found a good deal – mainly Kobo and anytime they have a new coupon code available. I occasionally buy regular price if it’s something Iike the last book in a series. I did that most recently with KMM’s Shadowfever. Otherwise it’s straight to the wishlist and I can browse the hundreds of ebooks I already have and find a book to read.

  54. Chelsea
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:23:18

    My print book TBR is crazy big because of trading and borrowing, secondhand stores, paperbackswap, etc. With ebooks it’s different. There are maybe two or three books that I’ve purchased and haven’t read yet. Usually that’s because there was a really terrific discount or something. For the most part, I read a sample and if I like that the book goes on my wishlist until I’m ready to read (or until there’s a big sale).

  55. erin
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:26:57

    Oh Lord… Ever since I got my Kindle for Xmas… the TBR pile is astronomical now! I’m a book hoarder so I’ll never stop buying print but the Kindle has opened me up to trying new authors I otherwise either wouldn’t have access to or wouldn’t try for the price.

    I gobble up all the freebies and $0.99 e-books. I also find myself jumping on all the sales- if’s at least 30-40% off or more I’ll usually buy it but my limit is $5. I’ve also found myself haunting several blogs that spotlight free to very cheap e-books and I find myself auto buying most of their selections. I was thrilled when you guys started your monthly list of cheap-to-free e-books too!

    It makes me slightly ashamed to admit but I have about 500 books on my Kindle that I haven’t read. I tend to read and then delete so whatever’s on there now is still TBR. But like everyone else said, it’s nice to have choices. I can choose from about 500 books at any given time anywhere. Saves me from the old school approach, which I did, of carrying around a few books just to have choices.

    I’ve noticed that a lot of Indie/new authors that first publish in trade ($12-15), will have e-books out for average under $4 or even $0.99. This makes no sense to me but I often buy them b/c of how cheap the e-books are compared to the print. I hardly ever to never buy trade prints b/c of the price so it’s nice to have the e-books option to try new authors.

    So… I still have a physical TBR pile of about 200 books and an electronic TBR pile of about 500. So, it’s gotten worse. My wish list for both is about the same. If anything, this has enabled me to get worse as a book hoarder :)

  56. Avery Flynn
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:47:16

    My e-book purchases are in addition to what I already drop at the bookstore. I’d love to be a library girl, but man, I want to hold the book (digital or print) and not have to worry about late return fees. If I love a book, I’ll always go back to it, which is why I’m reading The Great Gatsby (print) for about the five billionth time right now.

  57. Ridley
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:52:39

    Before agency price gouging I used to hoard ebooks like a pro. Remember Fictionwise and their micropay rebate sales? Remember their membership discounts? I’m getting a tingle in my no-no place just thinking about them. I used to buy a dozen books at a go every other week, it seemed. I’d buy books compulsively then, since the prices were so seductive.

    Agency shot that dead. Now I’m back to how I was when I read (new) paper books–buy one, read one. If I get an ebook just to get it, with no plan to read it that day, it was probably free or $.99. Anything else, I plan to read it as soon as it goes through Calibre and lands on my reader.

  58. Natalie M.
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 12:56:44

    I probably have about 30 unread e-books at any given time. The genre I read the most (M/M) is almost all e-book, or at least the e-books are vastly cheaper than the print versions. I try to stock up whenever Fictionwise has a good coupon code. But if an author I love has a new release, or I get an awesome recommendation from someone on Goodreads, all bets are off. For those, I’ll pay full price for an e-book and read it before any of the other books on my to-read list.

  59. Carin
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:00:27

    I have 4 kids at home. Before my ereader I read pretty exclusively from the library, minus 4 or 5 book purchases per year – and those were usually books I read from the library mulitiple times and decided I wanted my own copy.

    I could take my kids to the library and entertain them with their own books. Or put holds on the books I wanted and just walk in and check them out in under 2 minutes. Even pre-ereader I did all my browsing online, browsing the library’s book catalog adn placing holds.

    Then I got an ereader and started to buy. I think I buy about a book a week now – though I tend to buy in bunches when there is a sale, or right before a vaction. I have a Sony ereader, so I’m still tied to my computer to buy books.

    So, there you go. I went from 4 or 5 per year to 4 or 5 per month.

  60. Na
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:22:35

    If I find a good deal on an ebook I will purchase it but not read right away, it will as usual be another book added to the pile. It’s the same with print books. However with print books on my TBR they are likely to get read and read sooner, whereas ebooks not so much. On the other hand I buy more ebooks than print books and I am discovering more new authors this way. If the prices are similar for print and digital formats I will go for the print version.

  61. MarieC
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:26:53

    Does getting the free books count as buying? if so, then I TOTALLY buy more. If not, then I buy about the same.

    I still buy paperback, so now I’ve got to ‘TBR’ stacks to weed through….

  62. MarieC
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:27:58

    @MarieC: Sorry, I just saw a typo.

    I meant: Now I’ve got two ‘TBR’ stacks to weed through…’

  63. Kristi
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:35:02

    I definitely buy more. Maybe even *way* more. I read mostly YA and so for me it’s a lot $9.99 ebooks (whereas the hardcover version is anywhere from $12-$17 depending on where you buy it). And then if I *really* enjoyed the ebook, I often go out and buy a copy in print, too. So basically I have a huge library of ebooks on my Kindle, and a smaller “keeper shelf” in print.

    But most of my toppling TBR stack is books I’ve received free at conferences. I often download Kindle samples in batches, but once I buy it, I generally read it pretty much right away.

  64. E.D. Walker
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:46:07

    I’m broke so I’ve pretty much always relied heavily on the wishlist model. My Amazon wishlist is many pages long because I would read a review here or someone else, click over and add the book to my wishlist. When I BUY in print it is usually a book I have already read and loved that I want for my personal collection. The only other times I buy print are for an autobuy author (like Loretta Chase) or for category novels which I can never get from the library but my local used book store usually has.

    Even once I got my Kindle I started a “To Buy” file where I’d put samples from the books I liked and wanted to read the rest of. It’s hard to fight the lure of instant gratification but pretty much the only time I gave into impulse buying was with the Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon. Once I finished Book 3 I HAD to have the last two books, empty wallet or not. Other than that, I only buy when I “need” something new to read, and I’m trying not to let myself buy any new eBooks until I finish the books in my print TBR.

  65. E.D. Walker
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:48:24

    I gotta say it was a lot harder to control impulse buying when I browsing the shelves in my used book store and saw something I’d been wanting for $3 or $4. The Kindle store just doesn’t have that same temptation for me that in-the-“flesh” books has.

  66. romsfuulynn
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:49:07

    Not exactly – I have 81 books on my TBR list and 58 books preordered. I may go through as many as 10 to 14 books a week. A few will go in the “eh” list. I’ve read and kept live (not archived) 205 books. Probably another 20+ that I read that were one or two star for me and I archived.

    I also have a category of “later” for books that I want a copy of but may not read immediately. For instance, this week sourcebooks is going to have Georgette Heyer’s books priced at a $1.99 to celebrate her birthday. I plan to buy ALL of those.

  67. library addict
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:53:20

    Although overall I buy less books than I did 10 years ago, I still buy a lot of books. But I now only buy favorite authors in print as I have run out of bookshelf space. New-to-me authors I buy in e.


    Sales are so rare and short with e-books that, when there are sales, I tend to go wild with the shopping.


    Basically, I have two huge TBR piles. It’s just that one doesn’t actually take up any physical space.

    I also tend to find myself buying favorites in ebook form that I already own in print. I was going to only do that with the In Death books which I own all of in both formats and plan to continue to buy both, but I find myself seeing those Harlequin Treasury titles and thinking I must have this for my Sony. So far I have limited them to ones I plan to actually reread in the very near future, but if Kobo or ARe ever have another big sale, I have a mile-long wishlist that will undoubtedly end up making my credit card cry. The only thing that has stopped me from buying duplicates of more of my favorites is Agency pricing. I do buy some new books at agency price, but I have to really like a book (and not just the author) to buy a duplicate ecopy of one I own in print for more than I paid for the print book.

    My eTBR list does have a lot of freebies most of which are books I think I might be interested in reading at some point that I grabbed while they free, since those offers are not forever. But the far greater percentage of ebooks I “own” (lease, whatever) are ones I paid for.


    Remember Fictionwise and their micropay rebate sales? Remember their membership discounts?

    Yes! I wish I had had the foresight to buy even more books than I did when Fictionwise was in its heyday. I would never have been able to justify buying the entire In Death series in e if it were not for micropay. I really do miss it and the days of non-Agency pricing.

  68. romsfuulynn
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 13:59:31

    Just to follow up – those are all purchased books – I may be buying a fewer books – but more are keepers. I don’t just buy something iffy because I’m in a bookstore.

    For B&N I put “maybe” on my wishlist and “read in store” on periodic visits. I also have about 3000 fictionwise/ books that I will load when a new one comes out. (Dance with Dragons is on hold while I decide if I want to start at the beginning or just rereade the last book.)

  69. The Romantic Scientist
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 14:18:05

    My physical TBR pile is so huge, I haven’t really started reading e-books yet – I’m still trying to make a dent in the paperbacks I have!

    That said, I don’t really buy a stack of e-books in one sitting – if I buy it, I generally read it right away.

  70. erin
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 14:25:47

    Just curious, reading these comments I keep seeing references to “ARe”. What is this?

    I’m primarily an Amazon buyer since I have the Kindle, but I’m a bargain shopper so I want to go where the sales are. I’m just not that familiar with converting/transfering files.


  71. RebeccaJ
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 14:26:42

    I’m still buying books the way I used to…way more than I can read at one time, be they print books or ebooks;) And that’s the way uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh.

    Actually I’m glad I do buy this way because the unread books sustain me when I don’t have any money to spend on books:)

  72. library addict
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 14:31:23


    Just curious, reading these comments I keep seeing references to “ARe”. What is this?

    All Romance eBooks.

  73. Nikki
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 17:19:25

    I have been reading e-books for a long time. I have a consider reading list because I read every book e- or paper that I buy. But the hoarder mentality is kind of strange to me. I buy a book because it interests me, not because it is on sale. I look at the free books sometimes and just say no to most of it and take a risk on something that sounds like it might be worthwhile. I think it is because I know I have a tendency to glom when I find an author. The price might make me not purchase more than anything else. I will admit, once I got the Kindle, my rate of purchased basically tripled. That darn one-click means that I don’t have to look at the price and then my credit card or wallet and consider whether or not I really want to buy. I just buy. Then wonder what I was thinking when I look at the statements.

  74. Meoskop
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 17:48:25

    I am a hoarder, but I am buying far less. I mostly read big six and I won’t buy many authors at Agency prices. Many books I would have bought in paper now get passed over.

  75. Ros
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 17:49:40

    @erin: It depends what you mean by ‘indie’, here, but if you’re talking about anyone whose books are print on demand (POD), then their hard copies will be much more expensive than those from traditional publishers because of the technology involved. My ebook is 86p (about $1.50) but the cheapest I could set the hard copy price was £7.99 (about $13). I think that’s way more than the book is worth, especially since it’s only a short category length story, but that’s what it costs to produce it in the small numbers it sells. I don’t make any more money on the paper copy than I do on the ebook, even at those prices. I have it as an option because a few people have asked for it, but I always tell people to buy the ebook if possible!

  76. Lenice
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 17:49:41

    I read & purchase more ebooks. In the past I accessed the library for most of my romance reads. However, Geographical restrictions on ebooks has meant that I have not been able to read the books I want at the time I want, and I have stubbornly refused to access the paperback versions sitting in local shops b/c I want my consumer dollars to vote for changes to these. However, this has also meant that when I find myself in need of a read, I have been trying out different authors/ books which are accessible in my country that I probably wouldn’t have given a go in the past. This has had mixed results with finding some gems but I think impulsively it’s often led to me buying more books that I DNF or really didn’t like all that much. So more books, more risks, and more varied reactions to the books I’m reading has been the main impact.

  77. eggs
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 18:32:40

    I’ve gone hog wild since I got the kindle app on my iphone and then the kindle itself. The non-category romance selection in Australia is pitiful, like 2 shelves in the entire bookstore pitiful. Even when you can find a new release, it costs about $20 for the paperback. I’ve gone from buying about 6 books a year to buying about 3 a week. I’m catching up on the last ten years of romance and it’s fantastic!

  78. Castiron
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 18:54:27

    I don’t buy ebooks until I’m ready to read them, but if an ebook is offered for free and sounds interesting, I’ll go ahead and download it before the promotion ends. So the vast majority of my unread ebook stack is freebies.

    That said, I’m still sceptical about the longevity of ebooks — I buy books because I want to own them forever, and I don’t want to lose them to a hard drive crash or a vendor changing their terms or going out of business. Most of what I buy, therefore, is still paper.

  79. Andrea
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 19:15:40

    E-reader sampling has changed my buying habits considerably. Unless I hit a “definitely buy” book, I will sample, and then make the purchase decision after the first few chapters.

    I don’t think it’s varied by TBR percentage significantly, however.

    Another thing which is different is that I feel no pressure to buy on sight. In a bookstore, if you didn’t buy something which interested you when you saw it, after a long enough pause the book won’t be there. Ebooks don’t have quite the same “grab it now” driver.

  80. Owen Kennedy
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 19:51:56

    I do this. I think my Kindle has like 70ish books I haven’t read yet but already loaded. Crazy. I definitely think ebooks encourage you to buy more. If I had 70 paperbacks sitting in my room I hadn’t read yet I would definitely have quit buying books until I got them read.

  81. OSH
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 20:14:16

    I’m not much of a fan of ebooks. I have an ebook reader (which I can buy almost nothing for because I’m not American), but I find it encourages me to give up on books and constantly skip between them. I’ve DNF’d so many ebooks, simply because it’s much more distracting than a normal book. I also miss being able to skip through the pages – you can’t do that on a device.

  82. Lo
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 20:31:22

    I am buying and reading a great deal more now that I have a Kindle and a Kindle app on my phone. Both of those devices are always close to hand so I’m able to read while cooking, nursing my daughter, putting her to bed, sitting in doctor’s offices, etc.

    I’m not buying many (if any?) agency priced books. If I can buy the paperback for the same price or less, it goes on my library or maybe list. Scrolling through my Kindle, I seem to be buying a huge number of Harlequin books. I have a hard time finding all the series I like in town but I can grab any of them I want at Amazon.

  83. Melodie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 21:40:50

    I just went through my Calibre library. Of the books I’ve read 50% are purchased, 50% free. Of those unread less than 25% were purchased and a lot of those are less than 3 weeks old as they were purchased with birthday gift cards. Of the rest most are from long series I got burned out on. Free books seem to trigger a collecting urge rather than a reading one.

  84. Diana
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 22:59:31

    I got a NC at the start of this year, and I just took a look at my Library and I have got 700 books in it already. Suffice it to say, having an e-reader has definitely changed my buying habits. I have only read close to 150 books out of the 700 I have bought so far. I get carried away usually when I read blog posts with lots of awesome books recommendations by themes. I also tend to buy ALL of the books that are a part of a series at the same time. Like someone said above, I do like perusing my Library and seeing a lot of options, so I’m able to switch genres easily. I’ve been better these past couple of months, limiting my buys to what I would really, really read immediately, and searching for discounted ones, and lastly, adding everything else to my Wishlist. (I’ve probably bought ten books in print, more or less.)

  85. Ann G
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 23:29:45

    @ LizTalley–I still get books from the library, so I’m waiting to get Kindle E-books “later this year”.
    I know I’ll have to put those books on the reserve list and wait, but at least I won’t have to buy ALL my e-books.

    One thing about E-books: I can bring a ton of books with me on my travels. If I start reading one book (but I’m not in the mood for it), I can put it back, and choose a different one. That’s really good, especially with the airlines charging more for carry on luggage.

  86. Ivy
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 06:51:09

    I have a ton of TBR in print and digital. I get a lot of the digital on sale or free. I just can’t bring myself to pay over $5 for an ebk.

  87. Donna
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:04:11

    I bulk buy from Allromance & Bookstrand but buy singularly from – reason being I’m situated in the U.K. and get charged £1.50 (c. $2.40) per foreign transaction. So I tend to have a HUGE TBR pile (57 at last count) on kindle and much smaller with pb/hb (around 10). I have recently taken to buying the $100 credits on these U.S. sites but still bulk buy with them anyway!

  88. alicet
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 07:25:20

    I do less impulse buy with e-books since I only buy those I want to read. The immediate gratification of downloading an e-book means that I won’t have to settle for other titles that I really am not willing to spend money on. This doesn’t necessarily mean my TBR is less since I get a lot of recommendations from blogs about well reviewed books.

  89. Carolyn Jewel
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:00:40

    I buy more eBooks and not as many in print. This is is partly because my local independent has a pretty meh Romance selection so I can rarely find the Romances I want to read. My father still reads only print and I buy him a lot of books still. I won’t buy print books for books over 500 pages anymore. They’re just too big. I buy them only in eBook now.

    I hoard in print and in eBook. When I hear a trusted or interesting recommendation, I’ll usually buy that eBook right away. It might sit for quite a while before I have time or feel like I’m in the mood. As some others have mentioned, I like having a selection of unread eBooks so that I’ll almost certainly have something to suit my mood. I read mostly on the iPad now.

  90. Bettie
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:46:45

    Since I got a wifi-enabled reader, I’ve bought about twice as many books and I would have in the same span with my old reader, and maybe 150% more than I used to buy paper books.

    I have this problem with immediate gratification. The easier it is for me to buy something, the more likely I am to buy it. When I bought paper books, I would go to the bookstore so I could have the book I wanted right now. If the bookstore didn’t have it, I’d put myself on the hold list at the library because waiting is waiting, and if I had to wait four days to get the book from Amazon, I might as well wait four weeks to read it for free.

    Now, when I decide I want a book, I can have it on my reader in less than a minute. I read a review and think, “That sounds cool!”–Buy. I hear an interview on NPR or TV and the author seems interesting–Buy. I see a $0.99 special of a book I was kinda sorta curious about, but not too much–Buy.

    So, I have a lot more books, many of which I have yet to read. BUT (and this is a big one) if I have the choice to buy a book DRM or non DRM, I will always buy the non-DRM. I like the security and sense of ownership that comes from seeing my books on my hard drive, and the fact that B&N’s readers don’t let you see or transfer their DRM book files is a huge turnoff.

  91. P. Kirby
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:44:34

    I clicked “same.” I get the vast majority of my books from the library, so ebooks haven’t changed my reading habits. (This despite being myself, epublished.) At this point, I don’t have an ebook reader. Unless you count the Kindle for PC I downloaded a few months ago. I have about six books on that, one of them mine (downloaded out of curiosity), but haven’t read a single one.

    But…I suspect, if I ever get a reader (probably a Kindle), I’ll buy more books, especially those that are $7 and under.

  92. MaryK
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:32:50

    Sales on ebooks function like UBS purchases did in the past

    Yes! This! Both sales and digital first publishers, because they tend to be less expensive, are similar to UBS purchases for me. And as such, they do tend to pile up.

    I buy paper and ebooks in about equal amounts. Which format I buy depends on several factors that are too tangled to sort out, but I mainly buy in the book’s primary format though I can be swayed by price. The only “print primary” books I buy as ebooks are HQN categories because the Kindle version is cheaper and because my category TBR had started to swamp me.

    I’ve always been a book hoarder. I like books for themselves :) and their potential just about as much as I like to read them. I like to sort them, organize them, catalog them, etc. Nowadays, I don’t have as much time to read and it’s harder for me than it used to be so consequently both my print and ebook TBRs are kind of unbelievable.

    I do tend to think of digital media as ephemeral. Not necessarily because of longevity, consistent backups and stripping have mostly satisfied me (though I still have doubts about the future availability of “out-of-print” ebooks), but because I forget about them easily when they aren’t physically present to remind me that they’re there.

  93. KellyM
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:52:15

    I’ve always had a massive wish list that I work from.

    It used to be that I’d go to the book store a few times a year, buy 5 paperbacks at a time, and that would be it. I only went to the book store at certain times when I knew I’d need a bunch of books (mostly before vacations), or if I knew a specific book was coming out that I NEEDED to read right away. Otherwise, I never just wandered into a book store to browse. That would have been Dangerous to my bank account.

    Now I have an e-reader and I read so much more than I used to. I still have my massive wish list. But I’m online all the time, so I’m always 3 clicks away from my next book purchase. Older books from my wish list are always going on sale, which I would probably never know about if you all didn’t inform me (thanks?), so I’m always picking up this or that to be read later. Right now I have a very large virtual TBR pile, which is a new experience to me because I never had this many actual books waiting for me. It’s kind of stressing me out.

  94. Auraya
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:16:41

    I mostly buy when I ready to read. It does happen that a book I bought lies unread for months. I don’t forget it, but sometimes I can’t get in the right mindset to read a particular book. Of course, when I finally get to it I often wonder why I waited so long.

  95. Nicole
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:41:52

    I’m a hoarder. I have so many unread. I love to browse and see what feels right for the mood I’m in. So I need choices. Same with my print books. But I now buy more ebooks than print as they take up less space. Now trying to go through my Harlequins and replace them with e-copies.

  96. JenM
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:29:59

    I used to be pretty good about not buying new books if I had at least 10 or so unread ones lying about. I just wouldn’t go to the bookstore and that way, I wasn’t tempted. Unfortunately, thanks to my Kindle, my TBR pile is now completely out of control. I’ve probably got 300 books on my K that are unread. In my defense, at least 150 of them were free and another 100 are bargain books that I picked up for $2.99 or less. Like many others on this thread, whenever bargain books are available, I go ahead and buy them if I’m interested or if the sample is good. It’s also easy to buy knowing that I don’t have to find physical space to store them until I get around to reading them.

    Even with all of this, my book buying budget is only $50/mo. and I’m very good at sticking to it, mainly because the one thing I don’t buy is full priced Agency books. I’ll buy a couple a month, but otherwise, I just look at my TBR and it helps me resist the impulse to spend the $7 or $8 per book that the Agency publishers demand.

  97. romsfuulynn
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 15:00:11

    The other case I overbuy is for extraordinary bargains.

    Like the fact that almost ALL of Heyer is on sale in ebook form for $1.99 for her birthday (this week I believe – birthday is the 16th.) I’d been buying one to read periodically but I bought everything except Penhallow. (On Amazon as Kindle, B&N and the Sourcebooks website at least.)

  98. kzoet
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 16:12:16

    Before buying an e-reader, I purchased about 20 – 30 books per year. I’m buying/legally downloading about 15 book a month now. My iPhone, nook (and now my iPad) have removed the barrier to impulse buys. I buy more because of the convenience of 24/7 shopping.

    I love being able to look up a book, read reviews, and buy with a simple click from anywhere I have an internet connection. Being able to download sample chapters and read them at my leisure has influenced the purchase of many, many books in a wide array of genres.

  99. Mitzi H
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 18:44:14

    I haven’t bought a paperback book since I got my Kindle last summer…And I’m buying way more ebooks than I ever did paperbacks, especially the lower priced ebooks under $3.00.

    I like having a large library to select from and I take advantage of sales even if I’m not ready to read the books.

    I share Kindle acct with aunt and because of both our purchases, I now have over 500 unread books in archive library (most of them purchased).

    I love my Kindle. It’s so nice to be able to ‘one click’ and have the book in a minute.

  100. eva
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 01:56:43

    e-bookstore sales and coupon codes are like the Borg for me. Resistance is futile. (The same goes for print books as well.) So I’m definitely a hoarder of both books and ebooks in a sense that if a book appeals to me and I can at that moment get it at a discount I’ll buy it even knowing I may not get around to reading it right away.

  101. LizJ
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 18:21:43

    I don’t know that I buy more, necessarily. I buy differently. I try books that I might not have before when they’re on sale. I buy some books that are at the time only in hardback in print, because they are cheaper in ebook form (most of those are not romance). And the Overdrive books have to be read first because they go back to the library in 14 or 21 days. I still have too many TBR’s, but they just don’t take up as much space.

  102. Elizabeth84
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 00:18:26

    I have so, so many ebooks. And since I started reading books on a palm pilot, the TBR stack has just gotten higher and higher. Like others, I like have a choice of books. I can’t resist serious sales, like this week’s Georgette Heyer.
    We’re talking about 3,000 books (or so) that I have on my ereader. And yes, Fictionwise helped stack them up. But it’s only gotten worse with my nooks.

  103. Suzanne
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:26:14

    I haven’t been in a bricks and mortar bookstore since I bought my Kindle in February, much less purchased a physical book. I also tend to buy samples and let them accumulate. Eventually, I get around to them and make a decision. To be honest, I don’t have the space to keep books anymore. I’m downsizing my living space. E-books make more sense, and unless it’s a WOW book, I can delete without regret.

  104. Suzanne
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 11:27:17

    @Suzanne: Oops, I meant I tend to download samples, not buy.

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  107. james
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 06:19:24

    e-books are great, and for some can be great companion to traditional books, especially if you can’t find a paper copy in stores. But the good old fashioned paper books are still in my opinion, the way to go. Nothing like holding a real book in your hand, that also may be a future ‘rare book’ investment.

  108. mitzi
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 04:49:38

    who actually buys books! I download 5 star free amazon books everyday and then get pirated copies of all the best sellers from the torrent sites. I have enough ebooks for about 10 years of reading pleasure

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