My First Year with the Cybook

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:

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. 🙂

3 thoughts on “My First Year with the Cybook

  1. azteclady

    I still prefer dead tree books–probably because I don’t have an ereader, I use a mini ASUS pc–but I do see all the advantages of ebooks, and am working towards getting an ereader. I’m leaning towards the Sony myself.

    (and happy anniversary :grin:)

  2. Leah

    About one year ago, I started reading ebooks on my Palm TX, and I feel exactly the same way you do on so many of the issues. It’s so nice not to worry about shelf space or having something around forever that you didn’t necessarily enjoy. I also love the convenience of having dozens of titles at my fingertips–anywhere. I’ve been loving Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series, too! And I’ve gotten some great free stuff at manybooks.net, including Georgette Heyer and some L.M. Montgomery.

  3. Sandra Schwab

    Ooooh, you can get Heyer at manybooks.net? I’ll need to explore this further. 🙂 I got three of Norbert Davis’s mysteries there, but they’re no longer on offer.

    azteclady, I’d say an ereader makes indeed all the difference. It’s no comparison to reading on a computer screen. But of course the difference between prices for paper books and those for ebooks isn’t that big for American readers, is it? For me, by contrast, it makes a huge difference whether I buy a book at Fictionwise or, say, at amazon.de (not to speak of buying the book in a German bookshop!).

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