Thursday, October 29, 2009
My Book Buying Habit
Catching up on my blogging :) I want to write some reviews, but many will be for Breezing Through. There are few books I read earlier this month that I could write reviews for... but it seems so long ago ^_^; As a result, you get this post about my book buying habit. You'll have to thank Wendy since she's the one who got the ball rolling with this post :)
So my book buying habits. By now, everyone knows that the libraries around me have a poor book selection and that I buy 95% of my books. Not a secret either that I buy most of my books new, if possible as soon as they show up in the bookstore :P Yes, running after new releases have become an exciting part of my life LOL. I know, it sounds a bit sad and pathetic, but I'm telling you, it's challenging, LOL :)
What I Buy New - 70%
I buy most of my books new - hardcovers, trade-sizes and paperbacks. I don't have a family of my own yet and reading is pretty much my only hobby and thus, expense. As a result, I can afford spending lots of money on books. I try to limit my hardcovers purchases to absolute favorite authors and series... I also try to buy my HC and TS online where it's the cheapest, but I'm known to be impatient and I dislike paying 6.99$ for the pre-orders, so I end up buying them in-store, most of the time with coupons (so it's not so bad).
What I Buy Used - 25%
Used BookStores and bookfair/book sales. I'm not too discriminating about conditions... if I can get a cheaper prices, then it's all good :D Canadian prices of books fluctuate a lot according to CDN$ value. This year, the prices of books have been on the rise... so used books are great.
What I get at the Library - 4%
Yep, I do borrow books from the library. Not that many though, due to the poor selection ^_^; I live in the French province of Canada, so most of the budget is given to French books. However, they still get very popular authors and many hardcovers books, so that's a plus for me. (Although buying is a lot faster!! For some reasons, their processing is very, very slow, sigh.)
E-books, ARC, free books - 1%
Hmmm, I don't buy e-books very often. More like once in a while. One day, I'll buy an e-reader... but for now, I'm waiting for the market to settle - i.e. format, e-readers, technology, pricing, etc. One thing that I find ridiculous at the moment is the price of e-books. Personally, if e-books are not a lot cheaper than paper books, then I don't think it's worth it. And please, please, please... all that green talk - ENOUGH! Am I evil if I use plastic bags? Am I evil if I like collecting paper books? I don't think so. Ugh, but I digress. This is definitively another topic.
I don't get many ARC or free books. Once in a while, I'll win a contest... but that's about it. And the chances are very slim as I don't enter many contests because LOL, going to buy the book myself is usually faster :D Yes, I know. I need to work on my patience ^_^;
So there you go. My book buying habits. Lately, it's been pretty much hit and run when I go to the bookstore. I have my TBB list and know what I want. I go in, pick up the book, buy and walk out. Not as much browsing and less impulse buys.