…and Kobo, because I’ve used both. For the record, I like my Kindle better (this is comparing the Kindle PaperWhite to a fairly basic, nomal-sized Kobo). I like the back-light, I like the screen set-up, and I definitely prefer the store, which has a greater selection and cheaper books.
No, I’m not a fan of Kindle exclusive content and all of that, but whatever floats your boat. You just go on with your bad selves, author-publisher types.
What I’m going to do here is link to a few books I’ve bought and/or read recently, and invite you all to do the same. Kindle, Kobo, Smashwords, author sites, etc. Link to what you’ve bought, what you’ve recently enjoyed, or your own e-books you’ve got on sale in the comments. Gimme a blurb, gimme a price, gimme your thoughts, gimme a link.
DO MY WORK FOR ME, MINIONS.
The Butterfly Storm (Kate Frost, contemporay romance) <– currently reading
Under the Empyrean Sky (Chuck Wendig, Dystopian YA/Cornpunk) <– read, LOVED
Emergence (KL Schwengel, Fantasy) <– beta read, loved, still need to read finished product
Siren’s Secret (Debbie Hurst, Romance avec mermaids) <– just started
Unteachable (Leah Raeder, NA Contemporary Romance) <– have not read
Blackbirds (Chuck Wendig, contemporary cussing) <– have not read
The Crimson League (Victoria Grefer, Fantasy) <– have not read
…and there’s the problem. I could list thirty more books, all “have not read.” See, I get these e-mails with free and cheap e-books, and I grab them if they look good.
And then I never find time to read them. I’m looking through my Kindle library and I don’t remember buying half of the books I see there. Don’t remember what they’re about, or why I bought them, so I’m in no rush to open them, read them, or review them*. Not that my paperback shelf is better, thanks to 40% off sales at Walmart and the secondhand book store, but the Kindle definitely provides more temptation and more opportunity to forget what I bought.
How do you all deal with that? Do you set reading goals? Refuse to buy more books until you get the TBR pile down a bit? Or are you happy to let your library grow unchecked, not worrying whether you’ll ever get to reading a book you got for free or paid very little for, just happy in the knowledge that there’s a library there to browse when you want it?
All of this kind of makes me understand how many books there really are out there (as in, 600,000+ published last year alone).
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the DNF (Did Not Finish) ones…
So go ahead. Tell me what you’ve picked up recently, what’s good, what you’re selling, and how you deal with your reading list. Then head over to the A-Z Challenge list and see what someone else is up to!
*Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve read a single book I’ve got for free. Hmm.