Earlier this afternoon I found myself in Midtown because I needed to pick up a paycheck and once I’d gotten all of my bank business done, I decided that since I finished reading The Hunger Games yesterday, it was time to go pick up copies of the next two books, and since I wasn’t sure when I’d be leaving the house again and I was within walking distance of Barnes and Noble, I hoofed it over.
I left empty handed.
Reason? The second and third books in the series are still hardcover only when it comes to being book books and I cannot under any circumstance think of a reason why I would purchase a copy of a book in the young adult section that’s hardcover and $17.99 (actually, it would be more than that because I live in a state with sales tax).
I’m desperate to find out what happens, but I’m not that desperate.
Besides, it’s like $5.99 for the Kindle… and clearly, $5.99 is better than $17.99 as in I can buy the third book AND a sandwich and soda with the $12 that I saved.
I couldn’t help being disappointed because I was expecting to pick up two paperbacks costing $8.99. I wanted these books in paperback.
And so, the internal debate begins… In what format do I buy these books? I have to weigh the pros and cons every time I make a purchase.
I had wanted to get these books in paperback because while James hasn’t read The Hunger Games yet, he wanted to and I fully expect that he’s going to like the books and would probably want to read the rest of the trilogy. If I buy the books as e-books and he ends up wanting to read them, chances are we’d end up buying the books again in paperback because James doesn’t like the Kindle (actually no, that’s not true… he’s never tried to read a book on the device so technically he’s adverse to the idea of reading a book on the Kindle)… which I guess is still going to be better than buying the hardcover book because $5.99 plus $8.99 is only $14.98 but you know… if I can avoid spending money on something, that’s generally what I want to do.
I seriously have a love/hate relationship with e-books.
I love the fact that they’re cheaper than their book book counterparts. I love the fact that they’re a total instant gratification purchase. I love the fact that I can read the books I purchase on my Kindle device, or on the app on my phone, or the app on my computer. I love the fact that since there’s an app for my phone, I can read books in the dark. I love the fact that e-book reading is totally conducive to reading while standing on the subway. I love the fact that I can carry tons of books around in my pocket so I can switch what I’m reading on a whim.
I hate the fact that when I absolutely love a book, I feel compelled to buy a second copy in physical book form making me wish I’d just waited to go to the store to buy the book. I hate the fact that I don’t have a physical copy of the book to loan to friends.
Okay, fine… so the love does outweigh the hate… but that whole wishing I’d bought the book when I bought the e-book after I finish thing drives me three loves worth of crazy.
Then from there is the whole hardcover vs. paperback debate… which I suppose I’ve never really gotten into because I tend to gravitate towards what’s cheaper 90% of the time. I’ve only ever bought hardcovers if I absolutely could not wait when something came out and since e-books exist now, generally in that scenario I cave and buy the e-book.
How about you? How do you like to consume your books these days?