TGIF at GReads! – Buy or Borrow?


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?


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2 thoughts on “TGIF at GReads! – Buy or Borrow?

  • January 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I’m the same way. I always do a little test drive at the library and if I love it then that book or author ends up on my wishlist (which is getting a little long, actually).

  • January 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I don’t spend more than $75 a year on books, the rest is from our library system which is quite large and we have free sharing within the system. We can now “check out” ebooks, but 90% of the time what I want isn’t available immediately.

    I still prefer the feel of “real” books, but an ereader can’t be beat for traveling/vacation.

    I have a few series I buy the books for, but I’m forcing myself to buy the ebook because I just don’t have room.

    I too absolutely hate it when the ebook version is more than paper. And why can we get/use coupons on regular books but not their ecounterparts?!?

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