Thursday, February 2, 2012

Obsessed with e-books

I'm officially obsessed with e-books. I'm also obsessed with my Nook Color e-reader. I love it and I carry it everywhere I go. I find myself trolling the Barnes and Noble site with great regularity.

I look for inexpensive books, sure. But I'm also looking for old favorites that I'd like to have on my reader. Agency pricing doesn't seem to deter me either. In fact, since I bought my Nooks (I have one of the original e-ink Nook readers too), I've spent more on books than I've done in years. Really!

I've also done more reading. Not only of books that I've bought, but my library subscribes to Overdrive so that I can check books out too. It's wonderful to be able to read a book I'm not sure I want to purchase. I get a taste for an author or the latest popular flavor (aka a book that's on the best seller list or whatever) and I can figure out if it belongs on my "keeper" shelf.

And the cool thing is that my "keeper" shelf weighs a WHOLE lot less than it used to. I love the fact that I can carry around my favorite books and they all weigh less than a pound (or the metric equivalent). I love that fact most of all because I have boxes and BOXES of books. Some are mine. Some were my mom's but I've kept them for sentimental reasons. Well, now I can replace the old paper copies with digital and it is so freeing. I love that.

I really didn't expect to prefer electronic reading. I'm definitely one of those people who love to curl up on the sofa with a book. To feel the weight of it in my hands. Hear the crinkle of the paper. But you know, I don't miss the crinkle as much as I thought I would.

Am I totally anti-paper? Nope. Not at all. Perish the thought. I'm a librarian (when I'm not writing). Most of my research books I still have in print and probably will continue to do that for the foreseeable future. But my pleasure reading will be on my e-reader from now on.

I'm still really irritated that there are some favorite books I can't get electronically - like The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Elenium and The Tamuli  - ALL by David Eddings. Some of his books are available electronically but not my favorite-est of his series. I regularly send requests to have the books made available electronically but so far the publisher is ignoring me.

Are there any favorite books from your past that you'd like to read electronically? Do you - like me - want to kick the collective/figurative tushes of the publishers so they'd make your faves available? Let me know what you think.

Remember, I have a contest running all February long. Comment on my blog posts here, at Authors by Moonlight, Sweet and Sexy Divas, 1800DOMhelp, or anywhere else you see me (like Facebook) and each response will count as an entry for the contest.You can win gift cards and buy your favorite-est electronic reads or try out some new reads as a Valentine's gift from me!

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  1. I love ebooks too! I have a kindle and I love being able to take my whole library with me when I go places :) Of course I still have print books and tend to like them best, but it is easier to carry 1500 books when they're in an ereader then when they are paper backs lol

  2. Ashley - it's sooo true that you can carry an entire library with you in one handy dandy reader and that's one of the things I like most. I'll always have some print books, but I love my electronic books a LOT. Thanks for stopping by!