Yesterday a reader commented on a review at Fiction Vixen saying:
Thank goodness I don’t usually purchase until I am ready to read!
This was in response to an unfavorable review and she decided, based on the review, she did not want to read the book. The book had been on her TBR for a while but she hadn’t bought it yet. So, good for her, she didn’t waste her money but it got me thinking. I wonder how many readers wait until they are ready to read a book before they buy it.In the old days, before I started blogging and interacting with other readers, that is how I bought and read books. When I was in the mood, I went to the library, grocery store (they used to have a good paperback section) or the book store and bought a book. Yes, a book. I’d read it, then I’d probably not pick up another book for two or three weeks. I also wasn’t a book hoarder. After two or three piled up, I’d offer them to friends or donate them.
Things have changed significantly for me and my reading habits now that I blog and am influenced by
a bunch of book addicts like minded readers. I read every day and while I still don’t hoard print books, I do have an ebook library just shy of 1,000 books. And no, I have not read all those books. Nowadays, I don’t wait until I’m ready to read to buy books.
Nowadays, I buy:
- When I find a good sale
- On release day when a favorite author has a new release
- When I fall prey to the latest book buzz
- When I’m browsing and something catches my eye
- When I read a great review by a reviewer I usually agree with
- When I want to share the love and buy books for friends
- On any day ending in “y”
One of my favorite things to do is browse through my Calibre library and pick out a long forgotten book. Some would say it’s a waste of money to buy books and not read them. Hopefully one day I can boast that I’ve read every book in my library but at this point, I’m not betting on myself.
How about you? What are your buying and reading habits? Do you wait until you’re ready to read before you buy? Or are you like me and you buy books on impulse knowing you may or may not read it right away?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the majority of you are impulse buyers like me.