Circa 2012 I fell in love with ebooks hardcore. I had recently purchased my first Kindle (I’d had a Nook before) and it was so light and convenient. Back then you still had to use a book light because they didn’t have lit screens yet. Soon I was building wish lists, subscribing to Daily Deal newsletters, and amassing what would become an almost frightening amount of ebooks.
Ebooks are great! I love that I can carry literally thousands of books in my pocket. I would never be without a book again. I didn’t have to worry about loosing my place, if I wanted to re-read a great book I could download it in less than 30 seconds, and I never lack for choice because again I could download something in half a minute and start reading immediately.
I was very pro-ebook. I rejoiced when the DoJ smacked down the collusion on ebook pricing. I was a happy reader who fiercely loved her e-readers and ebooks.
Until recently. I’m not sure what changed and I can’t pinpoint when it changed. As of late I find myself reaching for my physical copy instead of my Kindle. Earlier this week I read a whole book without once touching the Kindle where I also had a copy. I’ve been enjoying the heft and warmth of a physical book instead of the cold metallic back of my Kindle Oasis.
At the time I felt like it was the actual book I was reading. It was a Baby-Sitters Club book so it was small, light, and didn’t take much time to read. I chalked it up to the type of book versus the format of the book. However, the next book I picked up was a smaller hardcover cozy mystery that I also had the Kindle version of. I’ve been really enjoying holding it and turning the pages as I go.
Once we moved I vowed NEVER to pick up a physical book again. You try moving 27 boxes of books that you haven’t even read yet and see what it does to you! I even started cataloging, donating, and making up Amazon wish lists to start converting my physical copies. Our local library is a good library but it is also a small library and Iowa’s inter-library loan system is vastly different from the Illinois system I know and love. My library won’t do an ILL for a book that has been out for less than 6 months. To do an ILL I pay $2 (still a fantastic savings!). The way the system works is that they put a call out for the title so an older title that I requested and was expecting a mass market paperback actually came to me as a large print edition.
I *think* I’ve developed a system for how I want to go about acquiring books. Our household budget includes book buying. I also don’t re-read books often. Most of the books I read cost about the same whether I buy them in hardcover or ebook. The only difference would be if I happened to catch it on sale.
For now, I am going to purchase the physical copy, read it, pass it along via Paperbackswap OR trading it at a used book store, and if it was good enough to qualify for the keeper shelf either purchase an ebook copy or add it to a wish list for an ebook copy. This way I’ll be cycling physical space out and hopefully down at the same time and getting the most for my book budget!