The Reading That’s Stacking UpPosted: July 31, 2015 Filed under: Cogitations, Reading Comments Off on The Reading That’s Stacking Up
My friend Lorie turned me on to Bookbub, the witch. Now a list of titles for my consideration lands in my in-box EVERY SINGLE DAY. So I not only have an extensive library of honest-to-gawd paper books, I also have this itty bitty thing I can tuck into my purse that is stuffed with books I haven’t read. So many books, so little time.
But the Bookbub thing has brought up and interesting question about the value of the written word. Do I value those free/cheap e-books less than the paper books collecting dust in my office? The stuff on Bookbub is cheap – $2.99 or less. And the stuff I usually buy is on the free side.
I admit that my attitude toward e-books is a tad different than my attitude toward a traditional paper book, or even an electronic one I paid for full price for. And it’s all based on how quickly I read them once they’re on my Kindle.
E-books that I’ve checked out of the library get read quickly because I only have them for a few weeks. The time-constraint lights a fire under my e-behind.
E-books that I buy, I read fairly quickly because I made a conscious choice to find them.
Free e-books on the other hand, languish, waiting for me to get around to them. They’re not a priority, but I do feel a sense of anticipation when I think of them there, waiting for me. Could it be I’m an e-hoarder?
I value good writing, and a good story, be it electronic or paper. I just wish I had the time to read everything I want to read. That problem begs a closer look at my priorities.