Hello, my name is Paisley and I have a book buying problem.
It seems I am not alone, there are many others of you out there who share my passion, or should I say my affliction.
I buy a lot of books, and I LOVE to shop for books. I thought about the many “friends” I have in cyberspace who also complain about this same condition. So, I thought it would be interesting to ask some fellow readers (mainly my friends on Goodreads and Facebook) questions about their book buying habits. I conducted a highly unscientific survey. I am sure my college statistics professor would be cringing at my haphazard ways, but I wasn’t trying to solve any great mysteries of the universe. Since all of the respondents are book-loving cyberfriends, it is a given that the sample of responses come from readers who use social media and read a lot.
Out of the 55 respondents all but one own an eReader, and everyone agreed that eReaders make book buying waaaay too easy! Personally, I shop a whole lot. I feel relieved that I am not alone in my book buying binges. Almost 80% of the respondents said that owning an eReading device caused them to buy significantly more eBooks than they would buy print books in a bookstore.
I mean, really, if I could describe the thrill I get when I find a book I want and add it to my collection I would sound even weirder than I am, and when you consider that most of the books I buy are gay romance stories, it’s pretty obvious I am damn weird. What started off as a small wish list of to-buy books soon grew into a giant digital library of epic proportions.
So do I…like every freakin’ day!
I think the ability to not even feel bad about the habitual way I book shop is also telling. Lucky for me I am in good company. A third of you told me that you buy over 20 eBooks a month (and several of you told me that you buy more than 100 eBooks a month) it’s pretty clear online book shopping is a compulsion.
Thank god I can’t instantly download a Ferrari or a pair of Pradas.
Once my sister asked me how the hell do I have time to read all of these books I download? The truth is I don’t. I have a huge collection of unread stories. Stories that are waiting for me, but then I ignore them because I am too busy browsing for more stories.
It is a vicious cycle, and as long as the online bookstores and publishers offer freebies, great sales, and other incentives I don’t see this cycle ending.
How many unread eBooks do you currently own? This one actually made me feel better about my compulsive buying issues. The answers ranged from four unread books to 3000! Oh my! I thought my 360 unread books was an issue, but it turns out that several of you have a lot more, a whole lot more! More than half of those surveyed have over 200+ unread digital books! Ten people had over 1000. Five people had more than 2000!
Did I mention I have a “Kindle Intervention” bookshelf?
More than half of the respondents said they still buy print books, but there was a surprising amount who only buy eBooks. I guess we can all agree that the space saving that a digital book provides is both convenient and dangerous.
Oh yes, and no one needs to know about the 1500 smutty titles I have in my purse either!
Now let’s talk about money. I think that my largest area of guilt is attributed to the amount of money I have spent on eBooks. But seriously, that does not stop me from shopping. I tried at one point to have a budget, but honestly I have no plan when it comes to my book purchases. On my survey it was nearly split in half between those who budget specifically for book buying, and those who just buy, and don’t plan ahead for the cost.
Maybe we should be forming some sort of support group for our significant others?
I also looked at various forums and articles online. We are definitely not alone in our spending. Though the respondents to my survey are mostly romance readers (because that is solely what I read) it turns out the ebook binge buyers reside in all other areas of the library including non-fiction reads. It’s a whole other world of enablers. Just like our group of romance addicts they all tell each other about deals and new releases, and can’t keep themselves from pushing the “One-Click” button.
There is a lot more that I could say about our book buying, but alas, I am sure most of you are already itching for me to end my blathering so you can go look for more books to buy. With that thought I will leave you with my own top ten list.
I really want to be your favorite enabler! Because you stuck with me until the end, and you obviously have the need for more books in your library, I am excited to be giving away $10 in Omni Bucks from All Romance eBooks. All you need to do is leave a comment for me below and tell me how many unread books you have in your digital library.
Contest ends 5/31/14 @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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