Shannon Stacey

The e-dilemma

I had to swing into the library yesterday to grab a few books for SK, and I happened to notice the most recent Davenport book was in so I grabbed it for my husband.

The problem with saying I grabbed it for my husband is that we both read Sandford (although I only read the Davenport series, as a rule). And now we have a nice, shiny, plastic-protected hardcover to read. And did I mention cost-free because it’s a library book?

But…I don’t want to read a hardcover.

I want to read a digital copy and the Kindle version is only ten dollars.

Paying for a digital version when there’s a free paper version already in the house? Sadly, I’ve done it several times. I’ve even bought digital versions of paperbacks I actually already own.

Oh, the dilemma…if I suffer through reading the hardcover, I could buy two category romances with the ten dollars I’d save. But last time I read a hardcover, I almost gave myself a headache squinting at the non-backlit pages and then I did give myself a headache when I was lying down reading and the book slipped and almost broke my nose.

Oh, what to do…

5 comments to “The e-dilemma”

  1. Alison Kent
      · September 17th, 2009 at 9:48 am · Link

    Hardcovers are my FAVORITE format. Love them. The heft. The feeling that I’m holding something weighty to savor. :rulez:

  2. Jaci Burton
      · September 17th, 2009 at 9:48 am · Link

    I can’t tell you how many times over the past year I’ve downloaded an e-copy of a paper book I already own. Or bought a paper book for my husband or son and a digital copy for myself. And I often buy a paper copy of a book and tuck it away for giveaways on my blog, then download the digital version for myself.

    The only paper copy of books I read are ARCs authors send me and mainly because i want to read the book right away. I grimace if there’s a book I want to read and it’s not available digitally.

    Face it–we’re digital readers now.

  3. Melissa
      · September 17th, 2009 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Yup, I do that, too. But the ecopy after I’ve already got the books. I have several I’ve bought the 2nd ecopy for my blackberry, Garwoods and Howards, so I’ll have them at all times, lol, to read when I want. It’s a disease!!

  4. Natasha A.
      · September 18th, 2009 at 8:09 am · Link

    Does your library have e-books? I know mine does….

  5. Shannon
      · September 18th, 2009 at 9:52 am · Link

    My library doesn’t have ebooks yet. They do audio books through Overdrive, so I hope ebooks are coming. I tried the audio through them once, got frustrated and killed it.

    I think what I’m going to do about the Sandford is let the husband read it first and by then it’ll be due back. Hopefully it’ll have a waiting list so I won’t be able to renew it and then I can justify buying the ebook guilt-free.


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