Discussion: I think I might be flipping sides….

Posted January 30th, 2019 by in Discussions / 4 comments

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!

Stephanie

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4 Responses to “Discussion: I think I might be flipping sides….”

  1. Lover Of Romance

    For me my library most has books I will read again, so with fiction its book that I love to read multiple times. But good for you simplifying and yeah moving with books is so not fun. I like both reading ebooks and physical books but I have been drawn to physical books more lately too.

    • Stephanie

      It is SO hard. I am so fickle about my reading habits. One day I’ll be 100% Team EBook and literally the next day buy the hardcover copy of a book that’s cheaper in ebook form. I don’t think there is any hope for me! Lol. All I know is that I am enjoying the hobby again and for me that’s all that really matters right now!

  2. Sarah

    I read both but learning about the environmental impact of paper books has made me read more ebooks. Yes, there is an environmental cost to devices as well, but from my research, it’s less impactful than the production, shipping, etc., cost of paper books.

    • Stephanie

      I’m okay with the environmental impact of paper books because my books ALWAYS get some kind of after life. They either get donated, traded, or gifted to a secondary person. I think I have maybe 30 books that I’ve kept. I wonder what it will say a decade from now because this stuff always seems to be changing. It’s always good to be mindful of the impact we’re having!!

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