Thursday, January 16, 2014

I have an e-book problem.

This is a timely post since Trish from Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity recently posted about her "Invisible Shelves" and the problem of reading (or not reading) e-books!

Sigh. I discovered the Kindle Daily Deals. Ok, that's not exactly true. I've known about Kindle Daily Deals, and the Nook Daily Find, and even Kobo's special daily whatever. But I've always forgotten to check them daily. But then, suddenly, I remembered, and all hell broke loose on my Nook. To the effect of 9 new books in the past month or so.


  • Wildwood by Collin Meloy
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Ade by Rebecca Walker
  • Among the Janeites by Deborah Yaff
  • Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  • The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
Luckily for me and my hulking stacks, there hasn't been much I've wanted to buy since the new year. I have to read these first! On the whole, I don't feel too guilty about indulging in new e-books, if only because I am constantly reading them and working through that invisible stack. Since I always have a nighttime e-book on the go, I make respectable progress. But only if I resist adding new books!

What have you acquired for your e-reader lately?


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  1. That are some great reads you have bought in the deals. I would not have been able to ignore them either.! But the e-reader hidden stack is indeed a scary one ;)

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    1. Thanks! It was nearly impossible to ignore them, that's for sure. I need to make myself a physical list of books on my reader so I don't forget and overlook things!

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  2. I share this problem. Christmas and New Year were the worst - too many books on sale! I think at one point the entire Booker shortlist was 99p (and so I bought them all of course, and I've actually read one and am halfway through another, which is We Need New Names!). At least they don't take up actual physical space, is what I tell myself ...

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    1. Weren't they? They were great sales, and we may not see that kind of goodness 'til next Christmas, so I guess I should go easy on myself. :) I missed the 99p Bookers or I would've bought more!

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  3. I've been doing the same thing recently! Seems like I've been buying at least one new book each week and that's above average for me.

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    1. Me too. I just bought a couple of cheaper-than-anywhere-else graphic novels on Kindle this morning, too. Ack!

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  4. I would NOT be able to resist those deals either - had I seen them :-) I have a stacked eReader too and am trying to buy no more books until I'm done with the ones I have on there.

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    1. Good luck with your goal to finish your current ebooks, Tanya Patrice! That is a mighty big goal, but I know you can do it!

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  5. I'd be right there with you if I had an eReader. My physical TBR shelves are bad enough! I downloaded the Kindle app to my laptop one day to read something short...next thing you know there are 4 books on there! Since I don't like to read off my laptop for long stretches, they will probably still be there long after the laptop dies... :)

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    1. I don't read on my computer very often either. I will occasioanally read on my work computer (a big, beautiful Mac) at lunch to avoid carrying a book or tablet to work, but mostly I'm a print or Nook fan.

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  6. How did I miss Wildwood?!?!?! I'm a big Decemberists fan and was so stoked about Colin Meloy's book! I'm going to see if maybe it's still on sale!

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    1. Boo! I'm sorry you missed that one. I can't remember which service it was on sale with. Maybe that one was a Nook sale? I think so.

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  7. I laughed because I have the same issue -- and since people can't see what I have on my e-reader I don't have to be embarrassed about my stacks :)

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    1. Amen sister! Now if I could keep my house shelves as nicely organized as my Nook shelves. :)

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  8. I had the same problem last year with Netgalley, so I really tried to reign it in - and I did, until now. I found out about those Kindle deals, too and went crazy and wound up kindling a whole bunch of books. So now I have piles of books surrounding my desk and loads of ebooks clogging up my kindle. Book deals are so hard to resist! And, I'm glad you mentioned that Meloy book, because I LOVE the Decemberists - so, you know which website I'm heading to now :)

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    1. Book deals are the hardest to resist! If they're cheap and I genuinely want to read them, I can hardly turn my back.

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  9. I'm too embarrassed to say. It was bad. Very bad.

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  10. I always forget about the daily deals. I bought several books before Christmas, but nothing since.

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    1. I wish I could forget again! That would save me money.

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  11. Oh, I absolutely have this problem! I recently added The Teleportation Accident and James Salter's A Sport and a Pastime... and I have SO many others on my reader that it's getting absurd (especially when I factor in e-galleys).

    I'm thinking of hosting a "Clean Your Reader" challenge sometime this spring -- any interest?

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    1. Same here, Kerry. And I would be VERY interested in a "Clean Your Reader" challenge.

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  12. I have picked up some free ebooks but they all linger on my device, much like Trish.

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    1. I have to have something backlit to read while I put Greyson to bed which saves me every time. And truthfully, because I can't read a "real" book in the dark, and I'm too lazy to buy a book light, my ebooks end up getting slightly more attention. Except on weekends.

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  13. I've been getting emails from BookBub that are cheap Kindle reads. there have been 2 on my TBR list that showed up recently that I got for less than $2 a piece: Master and Commander (Patrick O'Brien) and The Dressmaker (Kate Alcott) I keep books on my Kindle that I have not read yet but have bought. That list is about 80 books long but it includes cookbooks that I leave on there. I am trying to get through that list but I keep reading newer books.

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    1. I get those emails too! It's a little hit and miss whether they're books I want to read or not. I have found a couple of pretty good deals there though. I waffled over Master and Commander and The Dressmaker recently.

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  14. I bought a few too many around the holidays. Thankfully there hasn't been much to draw me in since... I also had this multiple use 50 percent off coupon for Kobo. That was bad... I basically took advantage of my reading plans for the up-coming year and bought what accepted the coupon.

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    1. You know what I found today? Cheap graphic novels for Kindle. Ack! I bought Chew and the first Saga. It was Heather's fault (she says, always).

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  15. Oh dear. My invisible shelves are rapidly expanding, too, as I've been persuaded by someone to get Outlander (Trish!) and Empty Mansions (you!) and a bevy of other novels recently. I went about six months without actually paying for anything on my Kindle (just getting free classics and digital review copies), but I've suddenly abandoned my principles and am clicking with reckless abandon. It's dangerous, really -- but I know I can't hold myself accountable to not buying books for too long.

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    1. AHA! I heartily recommend Outlander, so you can blame both of us for continually goading you. And Empty Mansions! Yay! You did much better than I did resisting ebooks. I caved immediately upon receiving an ereader.

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  16. I do this too -- and I don't even have an e-reader! But whenever I see an e-book I want to read for $2.99, I can't help it! I justify it by telling myself, "someday I'll probably have an e-reader," or, "well, now I'll have things to read on my phone if I'm ever stranded without a book." It's terrible.

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  17. I'm bad about downloading free books and never getting to them but I stopped buying e-books, a while back, when I realized I've read maybe a half-dozen. Hopefully, someday I'll read all the "bargain" e-books I senselessly purchased.

    Looks like you've found some great titles. I enjoyed We Need New Names. N0S4A2 creeped the hell out of me but I love Joe Hill's writing. And, I'm sure you know how much I love 20th Century Ghosts. Some of the other books you've bought are on my wish list. Happy reading!

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    1. You're reading on an iPad, right Nancy? Depending on the version it seems like it would be less comfortable. That first generation was a heavy beast. I flip back and forth between my Nook HD+ (comparable to iPad) and my Nook Simple Touch (so much easier on the eyes).

      I'm glad to know you enjoyed WE Need New Names and NOS4A2. I loved Hill's stories so much it's taken me a long time to come back around to his novels. NOS4A2 looks really promising, though!

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  18. I'm terrible about buying a ton of ebooks when they are on sale. It's so easy to do!

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    1. Too easy! One click and done!

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  19. I don't tend to buy many e-books (actually, I don't think I've EVER bought one...I've only ever gotten galleys), but I have a huge, huge problem with library sales that I just can't quit, so I know what this is like. Those are some great books you have, though!

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    1. YOU should see my shocked face at "I've never bought an ebook." But I can see how it would be avoidable, as many galleys as you read. Galley queen!

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  20. I subscribe for the daily updates and so see them in my mailbox every day. Big mistake. LOL

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    1. LoL! That does make it too easy.

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  21. The daily deals are killing me lately. Killing me! ;) But I've acquired some books that I'm very much looking forward to reading. (Including THE GOLDFINCH, hooray!)

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    1. Haha! I would've been ALL OVER that Goldfinch deal if I didn't have a galley staring at me.

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  22. HA! You made me go look at my ebook device and count. Oh good. I've only got 7. Most of my ebooks are book club choices that I don't have time to run to a bookstore and buy or the library doesn't have so ebooking is my only option. The only free books I've ever downloaded are classics so that is why they are free! I'm proud of myself for not accumulating but I do agree that ebooks are so easy to be out-of-sight-out-of-mind.

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    1. That's awesome! Seven is totally respectable. 100+ over here is not! lol At least some of those were gifted to me.

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  23. I picked up "Outlander" for my Nook for $1.99 the other day. Those damn good deals get me all of the time!

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    1. Drooools over Outlander! I have that series in ebook format because they're so damn big I'd break an arm carrying them around. Same with Game of Thrones.

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  24. I love a good ebook deal! I have a nook, and an ipad, so I have kindle and nook books...growing. I like to read digitally in bed, not great lighting, so it's good to always have something going. My problem is that I'm adding faster than I'm reading.

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    1. Anita, I downloaded the Kindle app for my Nook HD+ tablet, and that's what got me. I wasn't even considering Kindle books before that. ALL THE DEALS! Ack!

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  25. I have folders for each genre but I don't place them in the folder until after I've read them. So....that means that if I have twenty books that I haven't read, I have to scroll through pages and pages of the home screen to see what I have. It's a constant reminder to get them read or simply just to remind me of what I have. I used to put them in folders right away but then they never got read.

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  26. My problem is that I totally forget what's on my Kindle! I love it so much but I also can SEE physical books, and I can't (as easily) see my Kindle options. Which reminds me. . . I need to read The Goldfinch, which is on my Kindle!

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    1. I also pinned this since you linked it up to the Spread the Love Linky Party!!!

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  27. I looooove the daily deals. I look at them every morning, and they eat up any B&N gift card I ever get. :p I bought the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society the other day for $1.99 -- one can never have too many comfort books on the Nook!

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  28. I recently discovered all of the wonderful (and also terrible and evil) book deal newsletters that help you find free ebooks. Ah! It's so hard to say no to a free book! And it's so hard to remember to read books I own when they're not sitting on the shelf starting me down. So, in summary, yes, I also have this problem. I should probably unsubscribe from those lists :)

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  29. I just got super excited that Rivers was still on Kindle Daily Deal. Soooo thanks for that ;)

    I have decided for the sake of my sanity that I will not be upset by my digital shelves. Those books are always there, waiting for me to find them. I enjoy owning books, but I also really like reading on my phone or my tablet, especially when I'm on a crowded subway. So a healthy split won't be too bad once I read down my physical TBR.

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