I guess the emphasis should be how do YOU buy books? I can assure you I know how to buy books and I’m not asking for your help. I’m curious, how do you go about buying books?
How do you decide what books to buy and the format they’ll be in?
As you know, I read and listen to books in a variety of formats. I think most readers, in general, read books in multiple formats too. Everyone knows that for the most part Kindle books tend to be cheaper than physical copies, and audiobooks tend to be the most expensive of all without a subscription to a service. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new book and choosing the format you’ll “read” it in. I know I can be cheap and just buy the Kindle version, but maybe I’m missing out on gorgeous fonts and covers and the feel of a real book that needs to be seen in person. I could go with the audiobook but maybe I’ll regret using my credit on it and the story isn’t a good fit for listening. I like to switch it up as much as possible so I can have variety in what kinds of books I read/hear and when. I like to alternate between Kindle and real books, while always having an audiobook for the times of day when I normally can’t read. How do I decide what book to read in which format?? Why is this decision so hard for me?
♥ Audiobook credits are a precious, precious thing.
Each month, you get the coveted one credit for any audiobook subscriptions you have. In my case, I decide to
waste spend my money on two subscriptions. Hey, it’s better than buying multiple audiobooks at the full $30 price tag. At least with two subscriptions I get TWO books for that price. You definitely pay for convenience with those things. When my monthly credits are delivered, I immediately launch into my analysis. What books would be better to listen to than read? What book is already expensive and I’ll save money on the audiobook if I do that instead? I don’t want to spend my audiobook credit on a book that only costs $5 on Kindle. Why “waste” the credit on something I can get cheaper another way?!!
♥ Library books are FREE. Problem solved?
It’s pretty safe to say if a book or audiobook on your TBR is actually there, you’re going to do the smart thing and check it out for free. All money saved. But… WHAT IF I LOVE IT? What if it’s my new favorite book and I don’t even own a copy?? I can go out and buy the book afterwards, sure – but I’ll feel like a weenie for buying a book I just read. For free. Couldn’t I spend that money on a brand new book instead?? My funds are limited, folks.
♥ I already own book 1 in the series as an e-book. but shiny and new book 2 just came out and it’s so beautiful AND in stores a day earlier (more often than not).
Gah! I’m a proponent of keeping all books of a series in the same format. You have no idea how much it pained me to own a paperback of Shadowlands and have to buy the next two books on my Kindle. (In my defense, they didn’t have the second book in the store and I needed to read it IMMEDIATELY. Then, by default, I couldn’t buy the hardcover for book three. Obviously.) If I already own the e-book or physical book in one book, you better believe I’ll do everything to keep the rest in the same format. But what if the whole series isn’t complete yet and I don’t wanna spend a million dollars on the new hardcover!? But the covers in that series are soOoOo pretty! See, it’s not that easy. I won’t do whichever option is cheapest. For example, I’ve been dying to read Nantucket Blue followed by Nantucket Red. Of course book one is in paperback (and the cover is adorable) so I want that in physical form….but then that means I need to either (a) wait for book two in paperback or (b) spend a million bucks on the hardcover. Sigh.
♥ My cost-benefit analysis is rendered useless when I go to the store/library/app and ~issues~ arise.
This isn’t fun either. After running my usual analysis, I make my choice. I’m going to buy the real book/buy the e-book/take it out from the library/use my audiobook credit….. and then that doesn’t pan out. Why can’t bookstores have ALL THE BOOKS? Why does that narrator sound like a whiny child instead of a grown adult? Why does this book have to have such a perfect cover and be so expensive? Things come up and change my mind. It can be a pain and maybe this problem is very -first world pains- but it happens. It’s frustrating when the internet advertises one price and the store has another, or that great audiobook deal isn’t worth it when the narrator’s voice makes you want to rip your ears off.
So what do I normally do?