Exactly one year ago, while I was stuck in revision hell, my Cybook arrived. It was my very first ebook reader and I was suitably impressed by it (a long description and a review of the Cybook can be found here and here). In fact, I still like it as much as I did back in December 2007. Since then, my reading habits have undergone some dramatic changes:
- More or less all of the books I buy for “fun reading” are now ebooks.
- I buy more books than I did before, which has a lot to do with the lower prices (= lower American prices + fantastic $/€ conversion rate) and those special sales promotions at Fictionwise (this weekend was another 40%-rebate weekend), not to speak of the fact that ebooks don’t take up any space on my book shelves (wheee!)
- I less hesitant to buy a book by a new-to-me author than before.
- I now think twice about a book when it’s not available in a suitable ebook format. In fact, I’m now less likely to buy a dead-tree novel just for fun-reading.
- If I’ve enjoyed a book, I will more readily purchase titles from the author’s backlist than before.
- If I don’t enjoy a book, I no longer feel so bad about buying it in the first place (after all, I can simply delete it and no longer takes up any space in my shelves and my life).
In this past year I bought 203 ebooks and downloaded about two dozens of free ebooks. Many of all these books are still on my TBR list (hey, that’s another thing that’s new: I no longer feel bad about a big TBR pile!) (because there is no pile any longer *g*). When I really, really, really enjoyed a novel, I often bought the paper version, too (this happened with three of Linda Howard’s Mackenzie sstories, with James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s, with some of Lucy Gordon’s category novels, and with Norbert Davis’s The Mouse in the Mountain). On the other hand, I also bought or downloaded ebook versions of some of my favourite paper books (e.g., the Anne of Green Gables stories, Jane Austen’s novels, Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! and Witches Abroad).
Some of my ebook reading highlights of this past year include:
- Norbert Davis’s The Mouse in the Mountain
- Linda Howard’s Mackenzie’s Mountain, Mackenzie’s Pleasure, and A Game of Chance
- James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s
- Suzanne Brockmann’s navy seals novels
- Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You
- Lisa Kleypas’s Scandal in Spring
All in all, it was a great reading year!
And to make things even better: Castle of the Wolf and Bewitched are now also available for the Kindle and the Sony Reader. 🙂