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text 2015-04-18 16:07
There ought to be a word for it: the morbid need to buy more books

buytbrIn the past twelve months, I've read a little more than eighty books.

 

In the same time period, I've bought more than 200 books.

 

This gives me a TBR (To Be Read) pile of 120+ books.

 

With an average consumption of seven books a month, I have a seventeen month supply of books. Which should mean that I won't be buying another one until October 2016.

 

Yeah, like that's going to happen.

 

I buy books every month. They call to me and I have to have them.

 

The logical part of me says that, even if I only buy one book a month (reducing my current purchase rate by more than 90%) I wouldn't run out of reading material (now there's a frightening thought) until the middle of February 2017.

 

The emotional part of me says that such a Draconian regime would be intolerable. Which leads me to the conclusion that I have a morbid need to BUY books - there really ought to be a word for that.

 

The need to BUY is not directly related to my need to READ books. The compulsion seems to be about OWNING the book.

 

This seems to place me in the same relationship to books that a miser is to money. That is not a pleasant image.

 

I love books. Always have. Always will. So I can't just want to hoard them in a dark place, running my hands over them from time to time, murmuring "Precioussssss". Can I? TBR

So what is it that drives me to purchase so many books?

 

I think it's partly a failure to adjust to changing circumstances.

 

At one time it would have been impossible for me to own more books that I could read: I read ALL the time, I had limited access to bookshops, no access to on-line bookshops and a very limited amount of money to spend. In those circumstances, being in a bookshop with money or, more likely, book tokens in my hand would have triggered a feeding frenzy that only stopped when the money ran out.

 

These days, I have 24/7 access to almost any book, my income has risen dramatically and the price of books has tumbled: by taking an annual membership with audible.co.uk an undiscounted book cost my £4.58 ($6.85).

 

Another limiting factor used to be bookshelf space. Now, most of my TBR pile is not physical. I carry 80+ books with me on my little iPod with no physical reminder of just how high those books would stack.

 

It seems the only constraint on buying books now is my will-power.

 

So why don't I have any?

 

Because there are so MANY good books and so little time.

 

Because so many of the good books are NEW and need to be read (or at least bought) right now.

 

Because I just HAVE to have every book in every good series in the right order.

 

Because I OUGHT to have enough time to read everything if life wouldn't keep getting in the way.

 

Because, deep down, I'm afraid of missing something.

 

But mostly, I think this behaviour is the equivalent of comfort eating. Having a tough day? Buy a book and make it better. If buying a book had the same impact as eating something bad for me, I would have Type II diabetes by now.

 

So what am I going to do about it? Probably less than I hope but more than I have before.

I will increase the number of books I read.

I be more rigorous about adding books to my CNF (Could Not Finish) pile because each book I'm not enjoying is costing me time with one that I might love.

I will decrease my rate of purchase by adding to my Wish List rather than my Shopping Cart and deleting anything that's been on the Wish List for nine months or more.

 

If that doesn't work than I need to find or found a branch of Book-Buyers Anonymous.  

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text 2014-12-03 21:38
OK, Maybe I Am Not Paying Enough Attention...

I saw a book on booklikes.

 

Baying For Blood - Rebecca Clare Smith

 

Baying For Blood (Indigo Skies, #2) by Rebecca Clare Smith

 

"Hum, that looks interesting. I need to check that out."

 

 

So, I clicked the picture,  and  it took me to http://alturl.com/c9pac - the book release page. OK, I added  it to my Plan to Read. That works. But I want to go to somewhere to check out the reviews and possibly buy the book, right? Besides, I want to find the first in the series as well, so I click on "Baying For Blood".

 

It takes me here: http://tinyurl.com/lazdnrm

 

OK, still no Amazon, B&N, etc. links. Click the book cover on that pages. Redirects me to the exact same page. Click the author name and it  takes me to her website, but her purchase links don't work. Sigh.

 

Forget the fact that I am now burned out on the book because there are no purchase links on her site so apparently she doesn't really want to sell her book - that isn't my question at the moment - what I am curious about is why there is no easy way to jump to a purchase site through booklikes? If I see something here that grabs my interest, it seems like I should be able to click through to a book purchase site. Yes, it sounds incredibly lazy, but it is the principle. There are a LOT of books  out there, a lot of authors wanting to sell said books, and  booklikes is one of my fav sites for finding the new and interesting. But authors are not putting links up to actually buy said books.

 

Is it a limit on booklikes itself? Are they not allowed? Am I just being Oh, so Precious??? Whichever, it just bugs me and I am wondering what others think. Any thoughts?

 

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text 2013-10-23 17:04
I Bought 50 Books by Indie Authors :-)

I went on an indie book shopping spree to show my support for indie authors. After the contempt Kobo showed indies, I wanted to give a token of my solidarity. Because I respect indie authors.

 

Here’s what I bought:

 

The Necromancer's Gambit – Nicolas Wilson

Fear of Widths - David D Levine

From Orbit by Rob Goforth

The Accidental Courier – Robert Darke

Cloaks of Vermin and Fish by Forrest Aguirre

Death in a Northern Town - Peter Mckeirnon

Mercury, Sulfur, & Salt - Ben Stahl

The Book of Revelation, Live Onstage and Four Other Stories -Douglas Kolacki

The Red Knight by Karen Davies

The Rubberband Man and Other Stories - J. David Clarke

Timeshaft - Stewart Bint

Water's Lover - J. Annas Walker

Whispers of a Storm - Anthony Lavisher

Wrong Place Wrong Time by David P Perlmutter

A Vampire Carol – Tara Maya

Lucid – A.J. Church

Don't Be Afraid – J.C. Piech

Clipped - Devon Mccormack

Bite Me – Lana Amore

Cursed – S.A. Archer

Earth Tones – Angela Wallace

Paulie – M.A. Myers

Luvya Getcha – Martin Price
The Answer to Your Question -Paulette Alden

Twisted: Four Paranormal Stories - Jonathan Broughton

Your Gift to Me Bonnie Bartel Latino

Writing Active Setting Book 2: Emotion, Conflict and Back Story Mary Buckham

Writing Steampunk - Beth Daniels

Fairy and Blood:Lilac - William J Crisel

Hannah’s Prayer – Regina Sanders

Freaks Like Us - Jackie Trippier Holt

The White Death and Other Ghastly Ghost Stories - Debbie Kuhn

True Monsters - Judas X. Machina

Gossamer Wings and Other Stories - Scott Zachary
Full Circle -Terry Tyler

Untethered - Katie Hayoz

Northman - J.D. Hughes

Twisted Tails - Kensington Gore

The Highlander – Zoe Saadia

Terms & Conditions Apply – Pippa Jay

The Sundered – Ruthanne Reid

Severed – Dax Varley

Darkness Rising – Ross M Kitson

Dark’s Daughter, Hope – Joshua E. Bigger

The Harmony of Isis – Catherine M Walter

Destiny Binds - by Tammy Blackwell

Bullhorns: Screams of the Innocent - Brian Dunagin

Nightmares and Angels – David King

POED – Candy Korman

Angefire: Dark Angel – Hanna Peach

The Forest Between – Eugene Weiss

Heart on Hold – Sara Barnard

The Rython Kingdom - Mandy Eve-Barnett

Division of the Marked - March McCarron

 

I chose some books because I like the genres, others because I wanted to try something different, some because they were recommended to me or because they took my fancy at the moment. Some titles are authored by people who follow me on Twitter, who belong to my writing groups, who supported my stand against Kobo’s anti-indie discrimination, or who have contributed stories to the Ten Tales anthologies. Others were random picks.

 

The list contains more than fifty titles, because some of them were free. Normally, I don’t care whether a book is indie or trad pubbed, I just want a good read. But this particular shopping spree was for indie books only. I believe all of these to be indie books, but sometimes this is difficult to ascertain. Where possible, I bought the books from Smashwords (a site genuinely supportive of indies). I also bought some from Amazon.co.uk and a few paperbacks. I didn’t buy any from Kobo .

 

I look forward to many hours of reading pleasure. :-)

 

Rayne Hall

 

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text 2013-10-21 22:53
I Find This Disturbing
 If anyone still thinks that Kobo pulled books because of their erotic content, consider that Kobo is promoting books like this:
[caution before you read the blurb. It may be disturbing]
 
 
At the same time, Kobo pulled picture books for 4-year-olds, poetry collections, textbooks, sweet regency romances.... 
 
In the UK, Kobo pulled books by just one criterion: If written by an indie author, it was pulled. (In the US, a mix of bizarre criteria was applied)
 
The really gross aspect is that people searching for deleted indie-authored children's picture books get shown books like that one. 
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