I’m sure the title of today’s post has you wondering what in the world I am going to pontificate about. Before you can find out though, you must listen to a short update from my sponsor. Namely, me. The print version of Talindor’s Guest is almost here. The proof copy will be in my hot little hands today, and if everything looks good it will make it into your hot little hands as well. Thanks to all of you who have patiently waited. The waiting will soon end!
Now that the info spot is finished, it is time to embark on a journey to my bookshelf. Actually, I have two kinds of bookshelves; physical and digital. How do I decide what books go where? Which authors get the coveted spot of honor in my paperback collection? When ebooks are, for the most part, much cheaper than print, and much more convenient in terms of saving physical space, it is easy to make the decision to go digital. I am all about saving trees, and saving the planet, but I REALLY like to hold paper books. I love the smell and feel of paper. It’s almost like a drug…well, not quite.
So, as promised, let the information dump begin.
MY PHYSICAL SHELF
You can tell a lot about me by what shows up in this collection. When I buy a book in print it is largely because I know I will read the book again at some point in the future, or I read all the author’s works. Authors who grace my physical bookshelf are Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Chad Ballard, Jim Butcher, Terry Brooks, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Dan Brown, Patrick Rothfuss, etc. Other names will be added over time, and some of the current names may leave this list if I decide to convert them to digital at some point, but generally this is who I lend favoritism toward. There are some physical books that I have bought on a whim to try the author out, knowing that I can always trade the book in if I don’t like it.
MY DIGITAL SHELF
When I buy ebooks it is normally because I got a really smokin’ deal on the book, and it didn’t bother me to not have the print book. I sometimes also do this to try an author out and see if I like them well enough to move them to the physical shelf. This way, if I don’t like a book, I have not wasted a ton of money on it. There are some books on my Kindle that I really wanted to read, and I love the author, but I don’t feel the need to get in print. The only bad part about ebooks is that when they are really bad, and I have read some that fit this description, I’m stuck with them.
And there it is! If you ever wondered how I decide physical vs. digital, then I hope this has been helpful. For my own book, which you can buy here in digital, and soon in paperback, I own both copies.
Do you buy digital, or paperback, or both? What makes the decision for you?
Embracing the Magic,