I’ve never felt as “bad” about buying ebooks as I do about buying print books. That is, I don’t usually freak out when I accumulate a ton of ebooks, but when the physical books start pouring off the shelves because there’s just no more room, I cannot handle it. Let there be culling!
Lately, I find that I buy almost a book a day. Sometimes two. Those Book Riot Deals of the Day get me every. single. time. And if I’m proactive and go straight to the Kindle Daily Deals (I usually don’t), I’m toast.
As long as my wallet isn’t screaming, I don’t find this book-a-day ebook buying habit too concerning since I do have a few criteria that have formed around digital book buying:
- I buy books I’ve wanted foreverrrr. Today, in fact, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior was on sale for $2.99, and I snapped that baby up without a second thought. I’ve wanted to read it for at least 10 years, and while I would’ve sworn to you, at one time, that I had a copy…I, in fact, do not. Well, now I do.
- I prefer to purchase books by authors of marginalized groups. I’m a “vote with your dollars” kind of person, and I like to support folks who are not white and straight.
- I have gotten better about downloading samples. I used to buy full-priced ebooks far too willy nilly for my own taste. I remember plunking down money for A Little Life because it was THE hyped book of the moment only to hate it. Haaaate it. I didn’t make it more than 20% in before I tossed it aside. That was the moment that some of these criteria started to form. If a book is not on sale, I will definitely download a sample before purchasing.
We all have our own, very personal, book-buying preferences and practices. This post is not meant to insinuate that you should use your purchasing power in any specific way, but it’s a fairly newish readerly quirk that I’ve noticed about myself…especially since I’m almost exclusively a reader of digital books.
What bookish quirks have you noticed popping up lately?