Ginger from GReads! hosts the weekly meme TGIF. I haven’t been able to participate in a while because Friday is one of my busiest days and it is hard for me to hold a coherent thought, let alone post a thoughtful response to her questions. Because I do enjoy participating, though, I decided I would just be a day late. I’m usually playing catch-up, anyway, so forgive me for being a bit tardy with my answers.
This week’s question is:
Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?
Since I purchased my Kindle Fire in November, my answer to this question has changed. Previously, I would definitely have preferred to purchase my own books, typically from Amazon. Unfortunately, I read too many to buy everything I want to read, so my fall-back has been the library. If there is an author I like, I will more than likely purchase their book, and if a new to me author has a release that looks interesting, I will hit the library for a test drive.
When I first ordered my Kindle Fire, I admit that I was attracted to the shiny newness of it. I had an older Kindle that I did not use much because the screen is not backlit. I think sometimes that I am the only person on the planet who prefers to read from a brightly lit screen. I was doing most of my ebook reading on my iPad, but it is kind of big and clunky, so when I saw the new Fire, I wanted it. Badly. I think I ordered one about 2 seconds after the press conference about it.
When I first started playing with it, I still preferred physical books to ebooks. I still ordered books online, and had weekly shipments of Amazon’s smiley boxes delivered to my door. After using the Fire for a few months, though, my opinion has completely changed. I would prefer to read an ebook. I can make notes as I read, I can sync between my egadgets, and I don’t have to lug 100 pounds of books around with me anymore, fearful that I will run out of reading material. My back is so grateful! Plus, I don’t have room for a gabillion books, so I don’t have to worry (as much) about being crushed under a towering stack of hardcovers.
I still check books out of the library when I feel the price is too high for the ebook. It just irritates me when a digital version of a book is more expensive than the physical book. Those are rented from the library. My price point on ebooks is about 5 bucks. I will think long and hard before I click the BUY button if a book is more than $5. If it’s 1.99 or less, I don’t typically think about it at all. Plus, with all of the sales and free book offers, I have plenty of ebooks to choose from.
What about you? Do you prefer to own or borrow? Has technology changed your preference?