I get books from all sorts of resources. Sometimes I buy new, used, ebook or check out from the library. This got me thinking about why I do each, and what is the deciding factor for others.
Some are a no brainier, like $.99 ebook sale or coming across that TBR wishlist read in great condition at a second hand store. Which I’m sure you all agree that you do the same! Other books are more complicated as to where I get the book.
I have my auto buy authors: Stephen King, Kate Morton, Kristin Hannah to name the big ones. I’ll buy books that are part of a series I love, like Outlander and I’m starting to collect the shadow hunters books, even though I’ve yet to start them.
There are other books that just seem special, and I think I will absolutely fall in love so it just makes sense to purchase a copy.
While I would obviously love to own every book I read, the wallet doesn’t agree with me. I’ll borrow books if I’m unsure if I will like it. I’ll also borrow the “random” books that I come across that I want to read. The books that aren’t well known so there’s no telling if it will be stellar or not. I will also always borrow the read in a day type books. Mostly YA, where I know the story will be good but not amazing enough where I will read again and again.
The only time I’ll ever buy an Ebook is if there is a big $1.99 or $.99 sale or I have an iTunes gift card. I don’t care for them much. I don’t mind getting some ebooks from the library. I do read them faster then physical books, but for me, they are not a replacement for the real thing. I also can’t get behind the idea of spending a bunch of money for an ebook, when the physical copy that you can hold is only a few dollars more. That just doesn’t make sense to me, but then again I like stuff and having books all around.
How about you? What makes you decide to buy, borrow or go digital?