Physical copies vs ebooks

So with all of the new books on my TBR, I obviously can’t go out and buy them all. So, thanks to the library and other amazing apps, I borrow them that way.
Then, if I really like the series, I will put it on my list to buy a physical copy. Just me or do people actually go out and buy all the different books they have on their TBR? Also, if you do buy them, where do you work bc I totally need that kind of job! And are there other apps you use? Not to pirate the books, of course, but legitimate ones? Do you use publishers websites or author pages?

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I definitely don’t buy every book on my tbr. I rarely purchase a book that I haven’t read before. I don’t love to put money and storage space to something I’ll read once, it just feels so wasteful. The library is my BFF. :smiley: (but just…don’t tell my bff)

Times when I will actually buy a book:

  • supporting an indie shop / local place. I budget every month to have money to spend on books from a local youth run used bookshop called More Than Words, mainly just to support them

  • nonfiction books that I want a physical copy to easily flip through to re-read facts, chapters, or just interesting pieces (ex. Invisible Women)

  • it’s a debut or self-published book and I want to support the author (ex. K-Pop Idol Diaries by Go Futa. If you liked K-Pop Confidential, you’ll probably like this one too!)

  • I re-read the book fairly often. Gotta have it on hand if it’s THAT good!! (Ex. Foul is Fair and Furiously Happy)

I signed up for Book of the Month last year and I haven’t loved most of the books I’ve gotten. Now I’m stuck debating whether I should donate them or something, even though I subscribe to get them… ;p

As for apps and places I get books: the library via Libby / Overdrive and hoopla are my main sources, and ARCs on Booksirens, NetGalley, etc. are basically the other half of my reading. If you like comics, WebToon is a great app for that as well. Punderworld started there!

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As a teacher who has to spend lots of time in front of a computer, I prefer physical copies of books. Need to give my eyes a rest.

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I do buy all mine. My library is small and doesn’t have much, and I just have trouble getting into ebooks for some reason. I keep a running list of release dates of favorite series/authors. For series I know I enjoy I’ll buy the new book right away. For new books that I’m interested in I usually wait until I can look through it and get an idea if it sounds good, or see if I can eventually get it cheaper at a used book site or my local used book store or library sale. I’ve even got lucky and won books on my list a few times.

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I have a ton of books on my TBR, but I only buy the more important ones. That still means I have a couple hundred I’ve purchased that I haven’t read. I can’t read ebook copies because I get really bad headaches and I just can’t concentrate on them. And I only have access to a library three months out of a year. But I hate library copies because I never know where they’ve been, so I just buy my own books.

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I buy my books at Goodwill and Thriftbooks.com. They both have good cheap books. You may not get newly released books for $5 but if you wait a few months then the prices drop. Goodwill is great for stockpiling books for winter.

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You can get free hard copies through Adopt a Book on Facebook. You’ll have to pay media rate shipping, but that can go pretty low if you get multiple books from the same person. I just got a copy of House on the Cerulean Sea from there.

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Omg you rock! That’s really cool!

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There are two used bookstores I check out for books. Plus, Ollie’s (bargain / surplus store) gets a lot of books and sells them cheap. Their stickers are a pain to get off sometimes. I’m also on a ton of email lists for ebooks on sale. One for audiobooks. I do have a membership on Audible but I hold onto credits until they have their 3 for 1 credit deal. And during the pandemic, I learned I could check out ebooks and audiobooks from my library through an app. But I will pay full price for hardcover, new releases I really, really want to have in my personal library.

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I do buy physical copies of some of my favorite authors/series to add their new books to my shelves after reading, lol probably should stop as all my bookcases are overflowing. I like Book Outlet when they have sales, been finding their prices on lots of brand new books are cheaper than sites I’ve searched for a used version. Totally agree with the comment about Ollie’s Bargain Outlet for finding gems here & there, usually $3-4 for recently released books. Also will use my library for the ones I don’t want to buy.

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I know that several of my local libraries have bookstores and I’ve gotten some fantastic deals at those. My county library does huge book sales quarterly where their already low prices are 50% off. You can get relatively current hardback books for $0.75! Another local library does monthly sales where you pay per tote bag, whatever you can fit into a tote is a flat rate, I can’t remember exactly what it is, but it’s extremely cheap. Those two sales locations are the reason I have 150 unread books sitting in my guest room right now! lol

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I love the physical book. The way is feels in my hands, the smell of the book (new or used) and watching my progress through the book. No harsh light (which gives me migraines). ebooks just don’t seem personable to me.

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I mostly prefer paperbacks. But since we have longer commutes and I walk more at the YMCA …. I have learned to appreciate e-books. They are easily found from referrals after you have read. I like to be able to read while my hubby is driving when it is dark.
Also when I can’t go to sleep I can read in bed until I get tired. So a time and place for both.

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I rarely read a book twice, and want a minimalist look to my house, so I rarely buy physical books. And lately I’ve been doing audiobooks over reading. But if I read, I’ve been borrowing ebooks from the library (Libby is the best app ever) and read on my computer, phone or kindle.

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Since I am retired and able to indulge in my favorite activity, reading I get most of my books from the library in print format. I prefer hardback and trade paperback. I have a fantastic library that is able to keep me in reading material and then some. I read around 200 books a year and could never afford to buy them all. I do buy some. I support my Friends of the Library Book Nook for low cost used books occasionally.

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I buy quite a few books from my TBR, depending on what it is, I will buy it regardless of how it looks, sometimes I buy it just purely based on how it looks.

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Most of my books I bulk buy when a good sale is happening. I’m a pretty avid library consumer, since I also work at one ^^;
Ebooks are my favorite way recently to consume books, and Libby is a blessing. The only books I end up buying now are ones I enjoyed or manga (since Emanga isn’t as much fun reading…).

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yes, very good point! I definitely prefer comics and graphic novels in physical copy

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I definitely read more ebooks than I ever thought I would. I now walk a lot at the YMCA so easier to carry my phone. Also if we drive at night I can read.
But there are times my iPad or phone won’t pull up what I’m currently reading because it’s not online or it’s trying to download something I’ve purchased or gotten an ARC or 10 whoops.
We do not have high speed in Kentucky so I am dependent on my phone for computer tether and downloading to my kindle app on my phone.
Technology can be great, but sometimes you need that print too.