A long time ago I posted about buying books: my habits, my decision-making process, and why book-buying is hard. In a world where there are multiple formats and locations for purchasing and owning books, how do you decide what to buy and when? I had developed this nifty little chart that showed exactly when and why I’d buy a book in a certain format. My, how things change in less than a year! I’m here today to give you an update on my book-buying habits and how they’ve changed.I would buy a Kindle book if I owned the rest of the series as eBooks, if the Kindle copy was really cheap, or if I didn’t have an audiobook credit at the moment. The biggest reason would be if I just had to have the book RIGHT THEN.
Now, some of the same things are true. I’ll buy a Kindle book if I own the rest of the series as e-books. This is definitely true for the Pretty Little Liars and Rusk University series. I already own the beginning books as e-books, why change that? Otherwise, the only actual time I’ll buy a Kindle book is if there’s a big ass deal going on and I need it. I really don’t feel the need to buy Kindle books anymore! I read mostly eARCs on there at this point. I’m more than happy to accept Kindle books as gifts, but I don’t go out of my way to buy them. I think this is especially true if the book is almost as expensive as a paperback. So many eBooks these days are close to $7-$10 dollars… I may as well buy a paperback! I feel like there are so few books I’m DYING to have right away… and if I am, I’ll buy a physical copy for my collection or I’ve already preordered it.
Honestly I wouldn’t buy hardcovers that much in the past. I’m not a big fan of them – both the size/format and the price range. I prefer to have a paperback if possible. If I was in desperate need of a new release, I would suck it up and buy the hardcover. If it was a book by one of my favorite authors, I’d think about preordering it or buy the book right away when it came out.
I almost never, ever buy hardcovers for myself. Like I said, I’m not the biggest fan of them. The major source of my hardcover collection comes from Book Outlet if they’re cheap, Uppercase Box if they’re included, gifts from people, or MUST-HAVE books. (Even then, I may just hit the library unless its a favorite author.) I think preordering books if the biggest draw to hardcovers for me right now. I love preordering – especially because of the new trend towards preorder swag! I love it all. Preordering books has definitely gotten cheaper too. I love how Amazon will guarantee the lowest price that the book hits during that timeframe. You can preorder a hardcover book for $10 or less nowadays! You can sign me up for that, my friends. I’d also like to say that I’m a biiiiig proponent of all of the books in a series matching. If I have a series started in hardcover, that’s how I’ll continue.
Paperbacks have always been the love of my life. I love how cheap they are, how easy they are to hold, and how light they feel in my purse…lol. I used to buy them way more frequently – I’d browse the store and just pick them up like nobody’s business. I didn’t worry about reviews or anything (before blogging). Even after I started blogging, if a book looked interesting and had decent reviews, I’d buy it. I have so many of these books still sitting around on my shelves.
Today it’s a bit different honestly. I’m surprised at how much my physical copy book buying has changed. I usually will only buy a book if I’m REALLY anticipating it and convinced I’m going to love it right off the bat OR It’s by one of my all-time favorite authors. But, the biggest reason I buy physical copies? If I already read the book. I’ve decided to stop wasting money and shelf space on books that I don’t like or may not read right away. I’ve made better use of my library, Scribd, ebooks, and ARCs to decide what I may want to buy for my collection. I just think from a money perspective, it makes more sense that way! (Well, that, and the fact that my shelves are already incredibly full and I have so many books e v e r y w h e r e).
My audiobook habits are probably the biggest change of all since the last post! I used to use Audible, Audiobooks.com, and my library’s audiobook/CD collection. I would just use my credits as soon as they came to me.
Now, I don’t have a subscription for Audible or Audiobooks.com anymore! I got rid of them when I realized that $15/month (each) was waaaaay more than I needed to spend on audiobooks. I have quite a few still waiting to be listened to on there. Honestly, discovering Scribd has definitely made my life. For $8.99/month, I have UNLIMITED audiobooks (and ebooks) that I can choose from. I’ve been using Scribd for months now and can’t see myself ever going back to a pay-by-credit model. The new releases on Scribd are amazing and they have plenty of FULL SERIES to listen to. I’ll be good on audiobooks for a looooong time! I highly recommend checking it out and seeing what books you come across. It’s a great value if you’re a big audiobook listener like I am! I hardly ever listen to music nowadays.